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Why give a magazine at Christmas?

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Why give a magazine at Christmas?
How often are you asked at Christmas, ‘Please don’t buy me anything’. Or you’re invited to an occasion where you feel you should offer a token gift to the host. But what? Food is dangerous because we’re now much more allergy-aware. Alcohol is awkward if the hosts don’t drink. And the safe bet, the book, can come with the slightly oppressive obligation to read it.

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The Second Shelf

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The Second Shelf

While female novelists are prominent on any reputable contemporary earnings list, it’s an indisputable fact that rare bookselling does put work by male writers list at significantly higher prices...

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Hobo

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Hobo

We like to know what our wonderful customers think about the magazines we sell at Magalleria. Some people know exactly what they want, others are opened minded. We asked Tom Corneill what he thinks of a shop favourite, Canada’s Hobo. Hobo is a big magazine. With its minimalist title in large font and its sheer volume (it stands at 37cm x 28cm) it takes up a large space on the shelf and commands your attention. The issue I have in front of me features Jeff Bridges and who is locking eyes with me. He is the only thing filling the...

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Music to shop by

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Music to shop by

This spring we took our first stroll through the Combe Down tunnel, a one kilometre shortcut into the countryside near our home in Bath. A few minutes into the tunnel we started to hear sounds, soon identifiably music and eventually recognisably classical, most probably contemporary. Definitely Michael Nyman, we joked to each other. As we exited into the light it occurred to me that even inside the longest walking and cycling tunnel in Britain you cannot escape piped music. Piped music. I like all kinds of music but I'm fascinated by softer sounds – easy listening, elevator music, muzak. These...

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Counterpoint

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Counterpoint

The tactile quality of a magazine has always been a clincher for me. Counterpoint winked at me from across the shop, with its grey paper, neutral splash of blue and bolt of pink. It truly is a beautiful thing to behold and simply done, too, which I guess makes it all the more special. Such effortless aesthetic is often very hard to pull off. A limited edition of 250, Counterpoint imbues ever more attractive and unique details: printing via risograph using recycled paper and soy-based inks. The typography and bespoke illustrations are printed using only neon pink, teal and black....

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