Pitlochry, Perth and Kinross, United Kingdom
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Interview with Chris & Anne Bartle of Glacier Books
- When did you get started in bookselling?
- Chris began by accident, after collecting lots of books for his climbing trips, and ended up with a large collection from a very nice chap ..... at that point he thought 'perhaps I could do bookselling as a hobby'. That was in the late 1980's, and the business has grown since then and now has regular worldwide customers. Anne had a career change and became full time at Glacier Books in 2010.
- What drew you to bookselling?
- The love of books, the information and knowledge you attain from them in your own time and being able to create your own hand picked library.
- Did you have any mentors in becoming a bookseller?
- No, sadly not.
- What are your specialties as a dealer?
- We specialise in mountain related and polar books (arctic & Antarctic), including climbing, hiking, walking - covering worldwide geographical areas.
- What's the most amazing book you've ever sold?
- We sold an amazing set of scarce Antarctic Scientific Reports (by Sir Douglas Mawson) to an Australian Antarctic Exploration group, who were taking the books back to Antarctica to carry out more modern tests to compare results. We'd bought them originally from Australia, and they ended up going back to Australia - then onto Antarctica - quite a well travelled set.
- What is your favorite part of being a bookseller?
- Apart from being lucky enough to handle some fantastic and unusual books, we'd say meeting new customers and forging long lasting relationships with them.
- Do you have an open storefront or have you in the past?
- If so, do/did you have any bookstore pets?
- We had, until very recently, a very helpful black cat, Tabitha, aged 22 years old. She used to like overseeing the wrapping process and occasionally try typing her own emails whilst walking across the laptop.
- What is the funniest / strangest / scariest thing that ever happened in your store?
- Probably when a very well known mountaineer (no names mentioned!) who has climbed pretty much all the highest peaks in the world, was stood precariously balanced on his tiptoes on our office chair (with wheels) trying to locate a book on a very high bookshelf. Urgent action was needed so we dashed across the office and grabbed the chair before it and our mountaineer nearly had a nasty fall!
- What is your favorite bookshop (other than your own)?
- We love ALL bookshops!
- What do you personally like to read? Collect?
- Bizarrely as we are so busy, we don't get enough time to read that often .... but a good book that grips the imagination and pulls you into its covers are the best ones.
- What's your favorite book you personally own? Would you sell it, if the price were right?
- No real favourite book, enjoy too many to be able to choose.
- What one book would you buy if price were no object?
- If you were stranded on a desert island and could bring three books, what would they be?
- Touching The Void by Joe Simpson (a true story of determination to survive, quite apt if stranded on a desert island but with no crevasses I'd hope). The Master And Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov to throw me into a surreal world with lots of twists and turns along the way providing a means of escapism. And I suppose the last book would have to be Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe for obvious reasons..... :^)