Introducing: Kate McIntyre

Name: Kate McIntyre

Role at Vic Books: Bookseller.

The book you are reading right now:  I have about five or six on the go, but right now I’m focusing mostly on reading The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz, which continues Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series.

Favourite book of 2015: Being Magdalene by Fleur Beale, which is a sequel to I Am Not Esther and I Am Rebecca. It’s a harrowing read. I cried more than once (though I cry in everything…), but it’s a satisfying conclusion to her trilogy.

Favourite quote of the moment: “What is any ocean, but a multitude of drops?” – The final line in David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas. It works better in context. Those words restored my hope in humanity.

How long have you worked at Vic Books? Just over a month.

What made you want to work in a bookshop? I was born into it. My parents opened their bookstore just months before I was born and it was my second home throughout my childhood. I was serving customers when I was as young as eight years old. But who wants to work for their parents in their twenties? Vic Books adopted me.

Tell us about your first day at Vic Books: I arrived over an hour early and made use of the café. I stayed two hours late as it just happened to be the Vic Book’s anniversary. There was wine. It was good.

What is it about bookshops that you enjoy the most? The books, the vibe, spending time browsing the shelves, big beautiful hardbacks, seeing what’s new, going to book launches and meeting authors.

What are the best parts of working for Vic Books? To be honest, the coffee, followed closely by the books and my co-workers tied in second place.

Favourite moment at Vic Books of 2015: I’ve not been here very long, but the anniversary drinks on my first day was a lovely night where I got to meet lovely people from all our stores.


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