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We’ve spied all sorts from the windows of Miscellany Mansions this month, including horror-inspired literary theme parks, crusading web warriors, and book fairies hiding in the hedgerows

Web warriors help balance the books

The internet and social networks are killing our reading habits, so the headlines say, but two heartwarming campaigns have highlighted how the internet has helped two ailing literary endeavours.

Just before Christmas, online and high street book discount chain The Book People went into administration, threatening to take down coveted Norwich indie Galley Beggar Press with it. As publishers of Lucy Ellman’s avant-garde sleeper hit of 2019, Ducks, Newburyport, Galley Beggar had committed to an 8,000 print run to be sold by The Book People as part of a discount Booker Prize package. But the resultant £40,000 bill was not going to be paid. Galley Beggar launched a crowdfunding appeal to improve their shortterm finances, and enthusiastic web supporters pledged £20,000 in the first hour. A total of £45,333 was raised before Galley Beggar closed the appeal the next day, which they will be using to invest in new projects and guard against future bottom-line panics.

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