Blown away by Bloomsbury Australia!

Bloomsbury Down Under meets Bailey’s humans – we can’t decide whether we’re more jealous of the cake and tea or of Jackson the office dog…

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Yesterday mum popped in to meet all the Bloomsbury ladies in the Sydney office. She sat down and had afternoon tea with Sonia, Kirstin, Bethia and Kate but she was very honoured to meet a very impawtant canine called Jackson! He quietly runs the office and keeps the humans out of mischief while he quality controls everything.

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They were all so friendly and very excited about my book. I hope I get to go over in cat one day and meet them all myself.

It was another example of what a small world we live in when mum and Bethia realised they were both Cornish. Once mum had left and was wandering around Sydney with dad she was very surprised to run into Bethia again! They got chatting about Cornwall and realised that not only had they gone to the same primary school, but they were both in the same…

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Christmas is coming…

The lights have been installed on Oxford Street, Argos has changed their window displays and the Co-Op has been stocking mince pies for a month (even though they go off in a week). So no, we’re not the ones starting Christmas early.

But if you’re interested in getting some Christmas shopping done before December rolls around, you can buy all of the books below from our website with a 10% discount. Whether you’re buying for a boating buddy, a sailing sibling or a, er, water-loving wife, here are some recommendations from Santa Coles’s sack.

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FOR THE KIDS…

Nobody starts sailing by piloting a 58ft Beneteau out of harbour against an incoming tide, in a force 6, at night. Dinghy sailing is the best way to turn a mildly interested son or daughter into an aspiring skipper, and Go Dinghy Sailing (RRP £14.99, our price £13.49) is the ideal guide to all the essentials. Packed with detailed photos and full colour diagrams, it’s not just for kids, too.

FOR YOUR SNOTTY-NOSED NEPHEW…

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Just make sure they don’t open How to Snog a Hagfish (RRP £7.99, our price £7.19) before you eat your Christmas dinner, otherwise you will be tucking into turkey whilst being regaled with the eating habits of starfish (which regurgitate their stomachs, digest their food on the outside and then suck their stomachs back up again). Apart from that it’s the perfect stocking filler for every 10-year-old boy.

FOR THE FRIEND WHO BOUGHT A BOAT AT A BARGAIN THIS YEAR…

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The pocket-sized Reeds Skipper’s Handbook is one of our bestselling books, and this aide-memoire is the latest book in the same series. The Reeds Diesel Engine Troubleshooting Handbook (RRP £9.99, our price £8.99) will help your chum find solutions to all of the most common engine problems. Also available is the Reeds Outboard Motor Troubleshooting Handbook (RRP £9.99, our price £8.99).

FOR THE FRIEND WHO LIKES FISHING…

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There’s nothing like a freshly caught fish for supper, but even that mackerel you buy from the fishmonger’s because it still has a glint in its eye has probably spent most of the day on ice. If your mate is fishing from a boat, get him Sea Fishing (RRP £12.99, our price £11.69). But if your pal is casting his line from the beach, get him Operation Sea Angler (RRP £16.99, our price £15.29) instead. Hopefully he’ll share his catch with the person who gave him the book.

FOR THE COFFEE TABLE…

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Your coffee table (whether at home or on the boat) will love you for Kos Evans’ Walking on Water (RRP £30, our price £27). Kos is the daredevil nautical photographer whose trademark is a dizzying image taken from the top of a mast. This collection features the most dramatic, most eyecatching and most stunning photos she has ever taken.

FOR YOUR RELUCTANT-SAILOR WIFE…

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If your other half can’t understand why you are obsessed with the boat, and you can’t understand why she isn’t, then get her Adventures of a Reluctant Boating Wife (RRP £8.99, our price £8.09). She’ll think she’s getting a funny story about someone in their (deck) shoes, but actually they will be getting the story of someone who started off in theirs, but ended up in yours.

FOR LAZY, GRUMBLING CREW…

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This may or may not include all of the above. Skipper vs Crew (RRP £8.99, our price £8.09) sends up the relationship between skippers and their crews. It has two front covers, and on one of them the book is called Crew vs Skipper instead. So it’s not just a gift for a skipper to give his lazy, grumbling crew. Crew can give it to their evil, fascist skippers as well.

FOR YOUR FAVOURITE SAILOR…

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We have a pretty good idea just how many of you receive a Reeds Almanac (RRP £45, our price £40.50) for Christmas, and we have a pretty good idea why. For the 2014 the king of Almanacs has been expanded to include more coverage of the Portuguese islands, and features Madeira for the first time. As with last year, it also comes with a discount code for the Reeds Digital Almanac.

Electronic editions of most of these books are also available – but they aren’t quite so much fun to unwrap.