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Diary of a Witchcraft Shop

Diary of a Witchcraft Shop [Kindle Edition]

Trevor Jones , Liz Williams
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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In 2005, fantasy and SF author extraordinaire Liz Williams took the plunge, moving from her beloved Brighton to Glastonbury to live with her partner, Trevor Jones. Trevor ran a witchcraft shop. Liz’s life would never be the same again…

“When you find yourself on a London platform shouting into your mobile, ‘We haven’t got enough demons! Do you want me to order some more?’ as folk quietly edge away from you – you know you’re running a witchcraft shop.”

Full of amusing anecdotes and witty observations, Diary of a Witchcraft Shop is a delight, and Trevor Jones and Liz Williams the most congenial of hosts. If Bill Bryson ever decided to settle down, embrace paganism and open a witchcraft shop, this is surely the sort of book that would result.

On taking tea:
“A young woman has just bounced (and I mean BOUNCED, like Tigger) into the shop and announced that she is part of a Christian youth camp and could she bless me by buying me a tea? Why certainly! They have apparently been sent out to do good in the community, and if this means buying teas for knackered hard-working witches, then well and good. I offered her a bag of rose petals in return blessing but she was unsure and declined.”

Yet Diary of a Witchcraft Shop is far more than just an amusing romp. The book offers a glimpse into the pagan world, one that isn’t sensationalist or melodramatic but is instead considered and intelligent, while providing insight into the unique community that is Glastonbury.

The narrative is bursting with surprise, delight and humour, but also has its darker moments, as we share twelve months in the company of Liz and Trevor, complete with visits to the Houses of Parliament, Ireland, and Brittany, not to mention Shetland ponies interrupting druidic ritual and a TARDIS manifesting in the most unlikely of places… No, this isn’t fiction, honestly.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 432 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: NewCon Press (23 Oct 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005Z2CP9C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59,925 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Witches & Druids & Animals, Oh My! 30 Dec 2011
By Smote
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I'm rather surprised this book hasn't had more reviews yet. But I am more than happy to leave the 1st.
I downloaded this primarily as I had looked for a book on witchcrat or druidry to try on my new Yule gift.
What a hoot! I found myself nodding & laughing along with various parts. (We have all come across our fair share of crazy making!)

The descriptions of the celebrations and different ways they are kept was inspiring too.

I will be recomending this book to my witch and druid friends, and also a few shop keepers!

My only question, what happened to the "Pan Drum" ;p
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful ! 18 April 2012
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This book is an absolute delight. What could appear to be a limited subject, snippets of life running a shop in Glastonbury, is in fact a life-affirming, wry, intuitive and fascinating account of modern life. Glastonbury is a vivid, multi-faith, tourist magnet in Britain's beautiful West Country. Authors, academics and witchcraft shop owners Liz Williams and Trevor Jones are wise, down to earth, kindly and deeply spiritual people yet no push over for fools and egotists.
This book made me smile with recognition such as Liz's attitude to cooking Christmas puds , shake my head sadly at the behaviour of some people and laugh out loud....usually a tale involving one of their cats or dogs.
A book as intriguing, quirky, magical and yet normal as Glastonbury itself.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 25 Aug 2012
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This was a great book, I really enjoyed it.
This is exactly the sort of wee shop that I would like to have one day.
I especially loved the bit where the owner comes back to find a customer locked in the shop with one of the dogs :)
The local idiosyncrasies were gently mentioned without malice or spite but with amused tolerance.
I really enjoyed that the authors were not wide-eyed and gullible 'new agers' but sensible folk who happened to have a witchcraft shop.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Witches are just regular people 30 Dec 2012
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Throughout the book, there were amusing anecdotes, various points on a Wiccan calendar,discussed in regular English, and other incidents in daily life that are all pretty regular, their lives unfold just as other people' s lives unfold, nothing weird or particularly strange. Trevor & Liz have had some unfortunate health problems,,amongst normal types of ups & downs, just like most of us do. Wether you believe in Wicca, druidry, magic &spells or not,the book gives you an interesting snapshot of the way this delightful lady has chosen to live with the in's & outs of her everyday life in an easy to read diary, without boring the reader with intimate detail, but enough information to answer most outsider' s queries & questions. I Wish her every success & good health in the future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting museings 22 Jan 2013
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As in the title, an interesting meandering of information that is not particularly about a witchcraft shop. Lots of driving about visiting friends and aquantainces intersped with pub lunches. That said, if you like to read about everyday stuff - its somewhat interesting and some small smiles (and even a chuckle) may pop up, but if you are looking for something more about witchcraft or running a business within that premis, then you will not find it here! Pretty disappointing as I had expected more along the witchy theme , given the books title - perhaps a less misleading title would have been simply ' I live in Glastonbury but like to travel' . Passed the day tho, so not entirely without merit!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! 13 Sep 2012
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Absolutely wonderful book, I loved reading it.
Extremely entertaining stories about life in the Cat & Cauldron shop and in and around Glastonbury itself.
I found myself laughing at the silliness of the human race and nodding in total agreement to the views and opinions put forward.
Well worth a read, especially if you know Glastonbury but also if you don't - it gives you an honest approach to how mad this very special village truly is.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read! 25 Aug 2012
By Lottie
Format:Kindle Edition
Having lived near Glastonbury for a number of years I am fortunate enough to be able to picture both the inside & outside of the aforementioned shop(s). This book can be read on different levels - the reader is left to choose. On one hand it is full of amusing anecdotes, many of which evoke the feel of Glastonbury, on the other there are insights into British paganism in the 21st century. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A little gem! 14 Aug 2012
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I bought this for my kindle as it looked interesting (I'm a Pagan, and knew and still miss Manchester's equivalent of the shop Liz and Trevor run in Glastonbury). It's so so true! Liz gives us a down-to earth and humour-filled look at life running a witchy shop in Glastonbury's hippy haven. It's really cool to read about actual people I know, those bits are funny, because they're so real.
Recommended most highly to anyone with an interest in things Pagan and Witchy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!!
I love visiting Glastonbury and try to make a pilgrimage every year there. The tales in this book do sum up quite well the wonderfully quirky, and downright odd things that happen... Read more
Published 24 days ago by juliefitznz
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended.
Absolutely loved it! I visit Glastonbury on a regular basis and this book made me laugh out loud. I ordered the sequel after the first chapter and highly recommend this brilliant... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. L. J. Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars hilariously funny!
very funny diary of a witch craft shop, good read, really enjoyed it, looking forward forward to the next book..
Published 6 months ago by rachelle wilkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Book
A wonderful book to read all the ins and outs of this shop, when I next go to Glastonbury I will pay them a visit.
I love Glastonbury the Tor,Chalice Gardens too. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Janet Haddock
1.0 out of 5 stars nope
Rather dull too much like reading a diary. Gentle and amusing but not worth spending time on. Sorry to say that since they sound nice people.
Published 8 months ago by Oygen
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
I've been enjoying reading this. A nice bit of pagan entertainment. If it continues to entertain, i have the second book in my sights as well.
Published 10 months ago by Lexie Devine
3.0 out of 5 stars diary of a witchcraft shop.
I found it very hard to 'get into 'this book. maybe it was because i wasn't well at the time but I did find it hard going.
Published 10 months ago by janjcks
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected from the title...
Whilst this book is about someone who works with their partner at a witchcraft shop, it was more than anything about their daily activities and nature walks, as well as some... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Cryptic Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
An enjoyable read ... a wonderful lifestyle ... and a fresh approach to life. Read from start to finish in two hours, a great way to spend an evening.
Published 11 months ago by alison webb
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book
This is informative, amusing and beautifully written. The sense of Glastonbury and its environs is very strong - it portrays the place in a way that delves below the superficial,... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Flick-M
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