Shop’s saviour named book­seller of year

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - LOCAL NEWS - BY KIRSTEN ROBERT­SON

A man who saved Black­well’s bookshop in Aberdeen from clo­sure has been named the Book­seller of the Year in the 2018 British Book Awards.

Greig Watt, who works at the shop next to Aberdeen Uni­ver­sity, re­ceived his award at a cer­e­mony in Lon­don from Ju­dith Kerr, au­thor of The Tiger Who Came to Tea.

He de­scribed work­ing at Black­well’s as “the best job I’ve ever had.”

Mr Watt, from El­lon, said: “It was an hon­our meet­ing Ju­dith. I read her books as a child and now I read them to my own kids. She was lovely,”

It took the 40-year-old just 18 months to trans­form the Aberdeen shop into one of the most prof­itable in the com­pany, de­spite hav­ing no pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence of book­selling. He fo­cused on fos­ter­ing re­la­tion­ships with stu­dents and lec­tur­ers from across Aberdeen and rewrote the shop’s fu­ture.

Mr Watt thanked his team at Black­well’s, the stu­dents, his wife and his three chil­dren dur­ing his win­ning speech.

Dr Wayne Price from Aberdeen Uni­ver­sity said: “Greig’s man­age­ment has helped trans­form a small bookshop into a truly vi­brant and wel­com­ing hub for stu­dents and uni­ver­sity staff alike.”

HON­OUR: Greig Watt won Book­seller of the Year at an awards cer­e­mony last night that also starred Lau­ren Lav­erne, right

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