Win a Framed Favourite Book Cover in our World Book Day Competition

World Book Day is on Thursday 5th March. The concept behind World Book Day is to encourage children to start enjoying reading at an early age, so that they carry on this enjoyment into adulthood.

In the Record Press author’s experience, it is the books we read in our formative, early years of childhood, that stay with us for the whole of our lifetime. Books allow children and adults to escape, find excitement, love, and adventure  charlie and the chocolate factory book coverin fiction.  A good book can take us to a different place altogether and the resonance of that “place” and the characters that occupy it, stay with us. When we finish a good book, it is like losing a friend……We almost grieve for it!!

National Book Tokens is sponsoring World Book Day and encouraging schools across the UK to participate.  A schools’ pack has been sent to all participating schools, containing £1 book tokens.  Book shops all over the UK will happily accept them.

World Book Day also supports Readathon, the UK’s national sponsored reading event, which gets children actively reading.  As well as raising money to help seriously ill children, participating schools get free books from Scholastic Book Clubs.

As part of the celebration of World Book Day, & Record Press would like to hear from you.

Answer the question below in order to simply enter our World Book Day Competition ( Prize details below ).

QUESTION: “What was your favourite childhood book and why?”


E-mail your answer to  All entries must be submitted with your name and e-mail address by the 30th March 2015. The winner will be notified shortly afterwards.

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Celebrate National Storytelling Week with a framed favourite book cover

The Society for Storytelling’s 15th Annual “National Storytelling Week” runs from Saturday 31st January until Saturday 7th February 2015.

“Once upon a time” most of us were read bedtime stories by our parents and grandparents. In the Record Press paddington bookauthor’s case, my Great Aunts read to me as an infant and in particular I remember Auntie Jenny reading me a Paddington Bear book one night, which I can recall I found side splittingly hilarious. In fact the recent release of the Paddington Bear film re-activated those memories. The reason the Paddington Bear episode has stayed long in the memory is because both Auntie Jenny and I were laughing uncontrollably. It is true to say that the resonance of that early experience of the joy of a book led to my love of reading as a child. This love of books and reading was reinforced in the 1960s and 1970s by the BBC1 programme, “Jackanory”, where an actor / celebrity would read a novel to “Children’s Hour” viewers over five days.

Another defining moment was when I was given C.S. Lewis’ “The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe” as a present in 1971 and I cannot think of another book in my childhood that captivated me as much as that story of the magical, snow laden land of Narnia, to be found at the back of a wardrobe in a rambling old house. The first time I stepped through that wardrobe, there was no coming back for me – it fired lion witch & wardrobe book covermy imagination in a way that no book has done before or since. The TV adaptions of the book “The Chronicles of Narnia” simply do not do the books justice. The books are totally magical. I read all seven books avidly from “The Chronicles of Narnia” – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair, The Horse and His Boy, The Magician’s Nephew and The Last Battle. Every couple of weeks I would go down to the library with my Dad on a Saturday morning and get the next book in the series, if available. When they weren’t available, the wait was agony!!

In 1973 my Uncle gave me a copy of JRR Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” and similarly I was totally captivated by the world of Bilbo Baggins!! Those formative childhood years taught me the power of storytelling, which has remained with me in adult life and no doubt Framed Book Cover Harry Potterguided me in the direction of becoming a Blog writer.

What are your favourite books from your childhood? Let us know in the Reply Box below.

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Framed classic romantic book cover makes a unique Valentine’s gift

For all the modern and contemporary romantic novels out there, somehow it is the classics that seem to capture the public imagination, never more so than in film and TV spheres. Why is this?

Despite the immense popularity of E.L James “Fifty Shades of Grey”, the Record Press author found that although most of my female Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austenfriends had read it, they were left singularly unimpressed. Why is this? On one level, they all commented on how poorly written it is.  I suspect that for all its erotica, there was a lack of romance as well, where the hero did not measure up to a classical romantic hero like Mr Darcy in “Pride & Prejudice”.

The fact is that classical romantic fiction remains the top-selling sector of the book market. So what is the appeal of these classic romantic stories? Could it be that contemporary, modern day women feel underappreciated and dissatisfied in their own love lives? The heroines of romance novels by Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters are normally the recipients of old fashioned courtship, encompassing the lavish attention and unbridled devotion of their male suitors. Romantic heroes like Mr Darcy cater to their love object’s every whim, and by doing so bring into sharp focus the romantic inadequacy of the 21st century man. Not only do the men and women in the classic romantic novels connect on a sexual level, they reciprocate each other’s emotional desires.

For women the classic romantic novels capture the thrill of completely engrossing a man, without having to compete with football on television, texts and the internet on the iPhone or any number of framed the notebook front coverother distractions that exist in the real world. So come on fellas, accept that your girlfriend and wife has good grounds for being overlooked and neglected romantically and make amends……….By buying her the ultimate unique Valentine’s gift!!

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If you need some ideas, here are a Top 10 most popular classic romantic novels –

Top 10 best classic romantic novels


1)      Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

2)      Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronteemily bronte wuthering heights

3)      Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen

4)      Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

5)      Emma by Jane Austen

6)      Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

7)      Persuasion by Jane Austen

8)      Gone with The Wind by Margaret Mitchell

9)      Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

10)   Mansfield Park by Jane Austen




Framed Raymond Briggs The Snowman book cover makes perfect Xmas gift

Raymond Briggs’ “The Snowman” is the most beautifully written and illustrated book and the animation in the film is equal to it. is arguably the most perfect Christmas short story ever written………

Fans of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” might disagree with this assertion, but the Record Press author will always maintain that Raymond Briggs’ “The Snowman” epitomises Christmas.

the-snowmanFor those who have been living on Mars and therefore never encountered snow, Raymond Briggs’ “The Snowman”  is the tale of a little boy who builds a snowman one winter’s day. That night, as the clock strikes midnight, the snowman comes to life. The first part of the story deals with the snowman’s attempts to grasp modern technology and appliances, toys and other objects in the boy’s home in the solitude of a night time house. The little boy and the snowman then wander outside and go for a ride on a motorbike, encountering pheasants, rabbits, a barn owl, a fox and a brown horse. Then the boy and the snowman take to the sky, flying over the boy’s town, over houses and large public buildings before flying past the Royal Pavilion and West Pier in Brighton and then out over the ocean.

Their journey takes them to the Arctic, technically not the North Pole because amongst the animals they encounter are penguins!! The two wander hand-in-hand into a snow-covered forest and attend a snowmen’s party and then meet Father Christmas and his reindeer…… it must be the North Pole after all!! The little boy is a recipient of a scarf with a snowman pattern. The story has a sad, poignant end when the following morning the sun has come out and the little boy wakes up and rushes out into the garden, only to discover the snowman has melted. The boy reaches into his pocket and finds the snowman scarf given to him by Father Christmas. At least he has a souvenir of his adventure with the snowman!!

Talking of a souvenir……… Both “The Snowman” book and film are the perfect Christmas tale and as such would make the perfect Xmas gift!!

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A recent article in the Radio Times on the Radio 2 presenters’ favourite book made for interesting reading!!

Radio 2 mid-morning DJ Ken Bruce’s favourite novel is “The Code of the Woosters” by PG Wodehouse, which delighted him as a code of the woostersteenager with it’s larger than life characters, so much so that it introduced him to the phenomenon of laughing out loud as he was reading. For Radio 2 lunchtime host Jeremy Vine, Agatha Christie’s “Hercule Poirot’s Christmas” was given to him by his Mum at the age of eleven and set him on a journey whereby he read all 73 of Agatha Christie’s “whodunit” novels. Apparently he only guessed the murderer correctly on two occasions!!

Meanwhile Radio 2 drive-time presenter Simon Mayo’s favourite book is “Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone”. He was introduced to the Harry Potter novel by his 10 year old son. He quickly became a fan and read all seven Harry Potter books to his kids over the years. The Record Press author remembers that his brother in law Toby had exactly the same experience in the 1990s, being completely and compulsively drawn into the magical world of Harry Potter as he read to my nephews at bedtime.

For Claudia Winkleman, her favourite novel as a teenager was Thomas Hardy’s “Tess of the d’Urbervilles”. Claudia’s favourite charlie and the chocolate factory book coverchildhood book was the children’s perennial favourite Roald Dahl’s “Charlie & the Chocolate Factory”, so much so that she named her daughter Matilda. Funnily enough, a friend of mine Laura named her daughter Pandora, having been a massive fan as a child of the “Diary of Adrian Mole” books by Sue Townsend. Vanessa Feltz lists three novels from her childhood as having had the biggest impact on her: “Anne of Green Gables” by Lucy Maud Montgomery, “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott and Susan Coolidge’s “What Katy Did Next”.

The interesting point that comes out of the Radio Times article is that the books that the Radio 2 presenters list as their favourites are generally from their childhood. In truth the books that have often had the biggest impact on our lives were those read during our seminal, formative years. They introduced us to magical worlds and a route to total escapism. The Record Press author was late learning to read, probably six or seven, but when I did finally master the art of reading, it was like the proverbial  dam wall bursting, cascading books through my bedroom……..

Those books are far too numerous to mention, as in the school holidays I would lie on my bed and read a book a day. However if I had to pick out one book that inspired and moved me the most, it would have to be “The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe” by C.S. Lewis the lion the witch & wardrobe book coverfrom his “Adventures of Narnia” series. The concept of entering a magical, secretive world through the back of a wardrobe completely caught my imagination!!

That was it – I was hooked and avidly read the whole series of Narnia Adventures. The next time a single author and a series of books engaged me in the same way was as an adult when I discovered Nick Hornby in the 1990s. His novels “Fever Pitch” and “Hi-Fidelity” completely spoke to the 30 something me, not just because they were about my two greatest passions, football and vinyl records / music, but because fundamentally the main protagonists in the books thought and acted totally like me!! In fact we were one and the same person……..Never underestimate the power of books. They allow us to dream like nothing else in life!!

In our lives, books along with music, have the greatest power to inspire, move and entertain us. A good book that really engages us is like a best friend and we almost mourn and grieve the loss when we read the final word of that final chapter………

That is why as Proprietor of, I have recently added a new product to our range of framed vinyl singles, framed vinyl albums and framed CDs………We are now pleased to be able to offer you the option of buying a framed favourite book cover!!   

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Framed Book Cover Harry PotterWhich is your favourite book? Let us know in the Reply Box below.

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