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Village Books

Village Books [Kindle Edition]

Craig McLay
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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Product Description

Village Books is a local institution…which is good, because most of the staff probably belong in one.

The manager’s addiction to WebMD has turned him into a closeted hypochondriac. The cashier’s husband may have just gone AWOL with a small arsenal of fragmentary explosive devices. The fiction lead is buying urine on the black market. Trying to hold it all together is the store’s long-suffering assistant manager, who is spinning his wheels in retail while he waits for something better to come along.

That something better may be Leah Dashwood, an aspiring actress and new assistant manager with an ambitious plan to transform the store and its staff in a way that will turn their carefully disordered world on its head. Will the store survive or will it be bought over by its evil corporate competition?

Shortlisted for the 2012 eFestival of Words award for best literary fiction!

About the Author

Craig McLay was born in Scotland and asked to leave shortly thereafter. He now lives in Guelph, where he spends most of his time trying to stop his sons from changing gears while he is driving. He can be reached (but not grasped) at his Facebook author page (

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 508 KB
  • Print Length: 325 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0987947842
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #71,834 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Craig McLay was born in Scotland and asked to leave shortly thereafter. He trained as a journalist, but got out of the business after the great swan scandal of 1994. His current whereabouts are known, but not entirely accurate.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love This 7 April 2012
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So, here I am, I've got a stinking cold and keep nodding off. I had already got this book so when I opened it and saw that it had numerous shortish chapters I thought I would perhaps not keep losing my place when I fell to sleep. Not feeling too well and not expecting anything too demanding I hoped that this would do, but I soon found myself caught up in this tale.

Our narrator works at Village Books, a two floor independent bookshop somewhere in Toronto. He is an assistant manager, and the overall manager is gay and still trying to withold that snippet of information from his mother. Along with these two we also get to meet the rest of the staff, all who seem to have their eccentricities. When a new assistant manager is hired our narrator is smitten. Taking in the everyday activities of our narrator and the bookshop, we also see how his new relationship progresses.

I could say nothing much happens in this book, but that would be a lie, every now and then something big does happen. It wouldn't really matter though if nothing had happened, because you just find yourself going with the flow and enjoying the great characters. This book isn't perfect and the dodgy Irish accent of the local bar owner is a bit grating, but all in all this is well worth reading, and it will definitely have you chuckling, and laughing out loud in places. That I am not well, and that I was still able to take all this book in without any problems shows that this is an easy, and very enjoyable read. This would in fact make a great little movie.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Humoured Fiction 13 July 2012
By AnneDon
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a very easy to read book, set in a bookshop. At first, I was a bit confused as to the location, since the setting seemed American, but the language was British. After a couple of chapters, I realised it was set in Toronto. The characters work in a bookshop, and the book is told in the first person by one of the assistant managers.

The characters in the shop are witty and likeable, apart from the real crazies. The dialogue made me laugh out loud on several occasions. Like another reviewer, I sat down to read a few chapters, and ended up staying up for hours to finish it!

I hope this author writes another book, as he has an excellent, very readable style.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining 20 Aug 2013
By Phill
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Village Books is an entertaining and enjoyable read. If it were made into a film it would have to star Hugh Grant, and would have to be made in Britain. I look forward to more work by Craig McLay
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smile, Chuckle, Guffaw - I Loved It 13 Mar 2013
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What a great find. To be honest it was the cover that caught my attention. It said "Come on in.", and as the price at that point was £0, how could I resist.

I won't go into the details of the book because other reviewers already have, I just want to say how much I enjoyed it.

The humour in this book is witty and quirky (I will even forgive Mr. McLay's swipes at the Queen). I felt right at home with these characters. I am not saying this is just a book of stand up material, not at all, the story pulls you in right from the start and you just want to find out if each one of them gets what they deserve.

To sum up, this book is well written, funny and captivating and I didn't want to put it down until the end.

I will definitely read more of Mr. McLay's books, even if I have to pay!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Village books 11 Mar 2013
By booker
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I found it an absorbing novel tha was easy to read. I will look out for further novels by Craig McLay.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and easy to read 10 Mar 2013
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Great story loved it - all the characters were easy to believe and all lovable in their own way x
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb. 10 Nov 2014
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There was a lot I found myself enjoying about this book. I liked the fact we never learn the main character's name. I like that it's set somewhere that isn't America or the UK. I love each of the characters and their crazy names. I really liked that, even though it was a light- hearted and easy- to- follow story, the author used lots of unsual and interesting vocabulary. I found myself reaching for my dictionary more than once! There were many similarities with my favourite genre of "chick lit" (though I despise that term!) but the male protagonist was a breath of fresh air. I liked the love story and how the book touched on many issues, such as huge corporations vs small businesses, it didnt shy away from talking about abortion and it dealt nicely with issues of homosexuality and difficult families. I loved that there was some proper good swearing and it was really funny. I didnt always get the literary references- despite my English degree!- or the film references but it didnt take away my enjoyment overall. I'm a tiny bit sad I don't know what happened to Ebenezer, though! I guess we have to work somethings out for ourselves...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Village Books 28 Feb 2013
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It took me a chapter or 3 to get into the style of writing, a seeming ongoing sream of thoughts from the narrator, but once I did I really enjoyed it, I even laughed out loud once or twice.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky!
Quirky is a word others have used about this book, which is a shame, because it's the term that repeatedly came into my head when I was reading it. Read more
Published 2 days ago by avid reader
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
Enjoyable enough read but seemed to ramble on for longer than the plot deserved
Published 8 days ago by txjy
2.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly good read!
Good characterisation and a story that did not turn out to be as obvious as I thought at first. I enjoyed reading this book, although it did not change my life.
Published 17 days ago by anna leadbeater
5.0 out of 5 stars i would recommend Village books to
very well written story, enjoyable on all levels and holds your interest throughout. i would recommend Village books to everyone
Published 18 days ago by john mclay
4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable book
Really enjoyable book, well written and amusing.
Published 19 days ago by DebsMcG
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really good book. Well written often laugh out loud funny. Recommended.
Published 22 days ago by ,Tony D
5.0 out of 5 stars Would make a great film.
Fun, full of quirky, believable characters. An intelligent and thoughtful romp through literature and human frailty. Would make a great film.
Published 1 month ago by Plunkit
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I found it hard work to get into it, I gave up in the end
Published 1 month ago by pat rigden
5.0 out of 5 stars delightfully quirky
A bookshop in Toronto was in itself interesting as a source of comparison to a Brit but what I found unforgettable was the acute observation of the shop's supervisor as he relates... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gerry Shawcroft
5.0 out of 5 stars Great and quirky entertainment.
Across a fairly wide age range of readers this was excellent entertainment. Wisdom and insight expressed with pithy, sardonic humour. Read more
Published 5 months ago by KL
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