Fun for All Ages

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Well, we’re in the pre- Christmas rush period now, so everyone’s rushing round to get everything ready for Christmas. This is very important. If everything wasn’t ready for Christmas then people would have to sit around pretending to open invisible presents and wondering who had run off with the Christmas tree. So, it’s very important that all these things get done, including putting in the bit that goes bang in the Christmas crackers. Otherwise they might go pop instead of bang and you might have to somehow struggle through the next twelve months without a tiny screwdriver set or a joke about a reindeer.

Then there’s remembering to order in enough snow and making sure the chimney’s unlocked so that Santa can get down it with all the presents, none of which leaves very much time left over for writing book reviews on Amazon. So after the first gush of five-star responses to ‘The Shop on Peculiar Hill’, there’s been a bit of a quiet time. But a new review arrived just the other day, and the person who wrote it has left some very useful thoughts to share with the other Amazon customers. Here’s what she had to say:

“Question: What amuses a seven-year-old and a seventy-year old for hours? Answer: The Shop on Peculiar Hill. My 7 year old granddaughter and her 70 year old grandfather both loved it. It’s a brilliant book, suitable for 7 year olds and upwards.”

We love that review, especially the bit about it being “a brilliant book”, but it’s also really helpful that this reader has explained how the book can be enjoyed by a very wide age range of people. This is what Grimly and the rest of the team have been saying all along. So if you can’t find a copy of ‘The Shop on Peculiar Hill’ around the house to read, it might be because you or your parents have accidentally forgotten to buy one (possibly because you were too busy ordering some other bit of Christmas) or it may be that your seventy year old grandfather or similarly aged relative have come across the book and have now found a spot to hide quietly away in and read it themselves. In which case you may just have to politely suggest that they get their own copy at Amazon UK, Amazon USA, or some other online bookshop of their choice. Or better still, why don’t you suggest that you read it together? That way you can share all the funny and scary bits, chuckling at the antics of Uncle Bob and Aunt Maggie, then hiding under the sofa together when the bogeys come out.

But whether you read it alone or in company, we hope these Christmas holidays provide you with time to read the book if you haven’t already had chance. After Christmas, we’ll be having lots of entertaining chats about the book here on the blog and we think you’ll enjoy those a lot more if you already know the story.

Right then, I hear the jingling of reindeer bells. Grimly says “Ho ho ho!” but he can’t stop and chat right now because we’re doing our test run with the sleigh we’ll be using to distribute the ‘Shop on Peculiar Hill’ flyers planetary wide this evening. Don’t worry – they’re made out of biodegradable Christmas Cake and they burst into flames as soon as you’ve read them anyway. All environmentally sound. “Hey, Mr Darkwoood! Wait for me!”

Merry Christmas, everybody!

(Thanks to Sarah Helen Booth for the photograph.)

Shop on Peculiar Hill – Official Flyer

Hello Everyone – The real Grimly Darkwood here again. I’m pleased to report that the unfortunate commotion of last week has died down nicely. The sprinkler system’s been put back to bed, we’ve had a whip round to pay for the excess on the fire insurance, and if we pass the pot round a few more times, we should just about have enough to settle it. So now we can turn our attention to the official promotional leaflet for The Shop on Peculiar Hill which you can see here on the screen.

As you see, it has impressive quotations from some of our favourite authors and perceptive observations from many of our discerning readers, so all we need now is to get it out there amongst the public and wait for the books to fly off the shelves. Unless they’re the electronic version, in which case they will presumably do whatever electric things do and slide around in their weird sort of way. I’ve never understood electricity but it seems to work all right– remarkable really for something that just sort of sits there and crackles.

Anyway, if you people at home can think of something to do with these flyers – something useful, I mean, those of you sniggering at the back – then you’re more than welcome to download it here as a pdf (whatever that may be): peculiar-flyer-1.pdf

Meanwhile, those of us here in the office will find a home for the rest of them. Now, you might think that time is against us but we’ve made enquiries and there’s a surefire proven way to get all these flyers distributed planet-wide by Christmas.

So the reindeer and the sleigh will be delivered here on Christmas Eve and all leave till after Christmas Day will be cancelled. I shall be Santa Claus of course. Who’s going to volunteer to be gnomes?