You may have already heard of them, but if not, you’re welcome. Today we have the pleasure of introducing you to a wonderful US company who share our bookish ways. We stumbled upon them one day during those wistful hours of procrastination and haven’t looked back.
Out of Print Clothing has combined necessity (the threads on our backs) with a celebration of the world’s favourite classic stories. Sounds good, right? Oh yes. They have a whole range of t-shirts and jumpers which are absolutely PERFECT for book lovers worldwide. Franny got pretty excited about these alone, but then she went on to explore the accessories pages and that giddiness matured into audible squeals at the sight of literary-inspired jewellery, bags, notebooks, phone cases, coasters – you name it. Continue reading We ❤ Out of Print→
When the publishing bug first bit in my final year at university, I was finalising the bibliography of a history essay. In the midst of perfecting comma placement, alphabetising authors and marking the difference between primary and secondary sources, it suddenly struck me that the publishing houses and locations over which I spent so long collecting for each utilised source weren’t merely a means of acquiring marks, but real places in which real people worked each day. This may sound silly now – but at the time it was a lightning bolt moment for me.
A day that not only celebrated the 69th year of freedom for Guernsey – Liberation Day – but also the OFFICIAL launch of this very blog, Franny & Perks.
When we first discussed our blog, we knew we had to start things with a bang and how better to fulfil this target than with a full blown party? Combining Franny’s island celebrations with our own, the date was set – we had a deadline for our first posts. The plan was in motion.
There must have been an element of destiny to the day when Franny met Perks. With the former as part of the interviewing team, and the latter as interviewee, to all appearances, it would seem that we were going to be colleagues for only a month in the independent publishing firm, Oldcastle Books. But with Perks’ extended contract, time proved that we had plenty in common – from all things bookish, to attending author events as overenthusiastic fans; from looking for new things to do in London, to eating all the good food we could lay our hands on – here was a friendship that surpassed working cordialities.
I don’t think either of us can remember the first time the blog idea was posed. Our jobs include lots of contact with bloggers and we are both keen reviewers/wannabe editors so I think the familiarity and experience all mixed together with a bit of enthusiasm and spark led to the grand idea of LET’S BLOG TOGETHER. Sharing the responsibility definitely seemed like a great idea, and the more we’ve discussed it, we’ve gradually become more and more excited.
Seeing as we didn’t want to focus solely on book reviews, we didn’t want a ‘booky’ title, so after much deliberation and testing on friends, family and strangers, we decided on Franny & Perks. There’ll be books, baking, publishing experiences, fun events and so much more – we hope you enjoy the Franny & Perks blog experience!