BAMB 7Qs with Sam Gray

Sam Gray will be joining us on Books Are My Bag day - Saturday 10 October -  between 9:30 am and 11 am! Sam will be enjoying cake as well as chats, photos and book signings!

Sam Gray is a smallholder and author of Doing It In Wellies, a wonderfully insightful account of Sam's decision to set up her own smallholding on the north-east slopes of the Long Mynd here in Shropshire. Full of beautiful photographs to accompany Sam's honest descriptions of her lifestyle, Doing It In Wellies is a really lovely read that smallholders and non-smallholders alike will enjoy.

1) Why are high street and independent bookshops important to you?

“They stock books often unheard of in the large high street shops, especially places like W.H.Smiths. Knowledge of the seller is also very much appreciated."

2) Name your three favourite independent bookshops (apart from us, of course!). What makes them special?

Pengwern, Burway and Ludlow Food Centre – local and beautiful books."

3) What is the best, funniest, quirkiest or most moving experience you have ever had in a bookshop?

“I'm afraid I don’t know how to answer this! I love Wenlock Books because it is always so welcoming and Anna is a perfect host. The floors smell beautiful – I think she uses Ecover and it gives off a wonderful aroma! Just being in the bookshop is the best experience for me."


4) What three words come to mind when you think of Wenlock Books?

“Warm, welcoming, beautiful."

5) What has been your favourite book of 2015 so far?

“I spend most of my time in the outdoors and since working the land I read very little except recipe books or expert farming books but not novels. I have 3 books on the go and haven’t finished one of them! I would love to say I’m an avid reader but I don’t get the chance and when I do I go to sleep!! I am now half way through John Seymour’s One Man’s Africa written in the 1950’s -  I used to love Detective Fiction but haven’t read any in years."

6) What books are you looking forward to reading before the end of the year?

“One Man's Africa!"

7) What are your top three desert island reads?

“Simon Dawson – Pigs In Clover, Michael Wright – Ces’t La Folie and continuously Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall – River Cottage Veg."

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