Evening Times

I just love it. When I retire I’ll open a wee bookshop...

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horror books? The point is, you need to read a lot of different genres, so that you know what different people are reading within them.”

As he speaks, the city centre bookshops are gearing up for the Christmas rush.

In Sauchiehal­l Street, Waterstone’s stands only a few doors away from WH Smith – though the festive season is now too late for Borders, where booklovers and Christmas gift-hunters, drawn by garish signs reading “Store closing!” and “All stock reduced!”, are clamouring for bargains.

Paul says: “The buying and selling of books is very difficult, particular­ly nowadays – you’ve got to be selective and you’ve got to watch what you are doing.

“This is where the big chains make their mistakes. They have to

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