PITLOCHRY STATION BOOKSHOP

Selling Donated Books in Aid of Charities

Bookshop News


BBC Films at Bookshop

The Bookshop has taken its first step as a film location with the recent visit from a camera crew filming a programme to be shown, initially, on BBC4.

The team, consisting of Director, Cameraman, Sound Assistant and Production Assistant along with presenter A. N. Wilson, took over the bookshop for an hour after closing time on a Saturday afternoon.

The programme, about Queen Victoria, will be broadcast in two parts on BBC4 later in the year and is based on A. N. Wilson’s newly-published book ‘Victoria: A Life’. Inside shooting involved the presenter talking to camera as he browsed the Bookshop shelves while a range of outside shots were taken too.

The Bookshop was the final part of a day’s shooting which had included Braemar Games (they were delighted with their shots of Tossing the Caber) and Queen’s View. The following day was to be at Blair Castle so the Bookshop is in good company.

The Director was happy with their work and declared himself “delighted” with the cooperation he had received from the Bookshop. And, yes, a crew member bought a book. Until the programme is shown we won’t know how much time we will be given but we hope we won’t end up on the cutting-room floor.



West End Ladies ReWest End Ladies Book Club from Glasgow visit Pitlochry Station Bookshopturn

After a successful visit to the Bookshop in 2013, the West End Ladies Book Group from Glasgow kept to their promise to return. They brought bags of books to contribute to the Bookshop’s stock and left with their bags filled with new supplies from Bookshop shelves. A great time was had by all and some liquid refreshment was later sought so that the continued health of the Bookshop could be properly toasted.


Any other Book Groups who are interested in a visit to the Bookshop should contact Bobbie McGraw, Bookshop Manager, whose email is: bobbiemcgraw@outlook.com


Michael Portillo visits Bookshop on rail journey

Michael Portillo, BBC television’s famous rail traveller called in at Pitlochry Station BMichael Portillo visits volunteers at Pitlochry Station Bookshopookshop.

Popular television rail traveller, Michael Portillo, enjoyed a visit to Pitlochry Station Bookshop during August. The ex-Conservative cabinet minister turned media personality arrived at Pitlochry station while filming his latest series of Great British Railway Journeys. Not only was he wearing his kilt (his mother is Scottish) he was also carrying his Bradshaw’s Guide, the famous guide to Victorian railways that accompanies him on all his travels.

Mr. Portillo met Bookshop volunteers and other customers and purchased a number of volumes. Then it was off to Killiecrankie and Edradour Distillery for some filming.


Bob’s Bookshop Poem

Ex-railwayman Bob Dingwall is a regular visitor to the Bookshop. He worked for many years at Pitlochry Station in the days when it had a staff of eight and the present Bookshop was the Station Master’s office. Now in his eighties, Bob has developed a talent for writing poetry and has recently penned a poem for the Bookshop.























We raise £100,000 for our charities

Our volunteers have had a very productive 2013 summer. Weekly takings rose to record levels so they were able to celebrate a grand total of £100,000 raised since the bookshop’s small beginnings seven years ago.

Money comes from the sale of books donated by people from Highland Perthshire with most books selling at only £1. Regular cheques are then issued to the bookshop’s charities: Amnesty International, Cancer Research UK, CHAS, Highland Perthshire Shopmobility, Mercy Corps and Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance.

Long-standing volunteer David Frame from Pitlochry said, “One of the great things about working here is knowing that each book you sell helps our charities.”

Val Calder from Strathtay added, “Books come in from everywhere. Today a couple came from Dunfermline bringing a bag of books. We’ve even had books from Hong Kong, sent by Mr. And Mrs. Wong who visited some years ago.”

Bookshop manager, Bobbie McGraw, looks out each year for a gentleman from Belgium who comes for a week to walk in the area. On his final day he visits the Bookshop and loads his rucksack with as many books as he can carry, mostly from the Collectors and Scottish sections. He told Bobbie, “This is wonderful. There is no bookshop like this where I live in Belgium.”

Of course, the bookshop’s work depends on people keeping up the supply of fiction and non-fiction volumes. Books are welcomed during bookshop opening hours: 9.00am to 4.30pm daily except Sunday. Also, there is a book donation point in Aberfeldy, at the Comment offices at 2 Kenmore Street.


Charles Darwin and Ian Fleming boost bookshop funds

We sell most of our books for £1 each but occasionally we find books that are worth a lot more. Volunteer Diane Schneider makes her contribution by selling books which may have special value and in recent months she has hit the jackpot several times.

Her major find was a rare first edition of a book by Charles Darwin published in 1889 and entitled “A Naturalist’s Voyage”. It has a value of £300 and Diane found a purchaser, The Haileybury Society, which is attached to the famous public school in Hertfordshire.

Shortly afterwards, another pile of donated books included a hardback copy of Ian Fleming’s “Goldfinger” from 1959. It was a First Edition, 2nd impression. Diane auctioned it on Ebay for £200. A full First Edition would have gone for £3000, possibly more.

Although Darwin and Fleming have been the star finds so far, other rare books have sold for between £20 and £50. The lesson is that it pays to keep the eyes sharp for books which could have exceptional value since all the proceeds go into the total raised for our charities.


‘Winter Words’ another success

Each February, Pitlochry Theatre runs a popular literary festival entitled ‘Winter Words’ over two long weekends. Each year Pitlochry Station Bookshop is invited to run a bookstall and this year’s stall was better than ever.

The omens were good. There was a strong programme of visiting authors including Sally Magnusson and Neil Oliver and the Bookshop space seemed larger than before.

A lot of attention was given to the selection of stock with a particular emphasis on Scottish books. The preparation was repaid with many interested and enthusiastic customers whose book purchases raised a total of just over £1000.

One new customer was not impressed, however. On the previous day he had reluctantly disposed of boxes of books at his local tip in Edinburgh when he could not find any place in the city to take them. If only he had known about Pitlochry Station Bookshop he would have brought his boxes of books with him.

At least he learned his lesson and promised that any future book disposal would result in a journey to Pitlochry.


Michelle leaves Pitlochry station

Bobbie McGraw (right) volunteer manager of Pitlochry Station Bookshop, makes a presentation to Michelle McLeod of Pitlochry Station as thanks for her cooperation and support for the bookshop’s charitable fund-raising. Michelle is transferring to Perth Station.



West End Ladies

Glasgow West End Ladies’ Book Club (left) had an outing to Pitlochry in Summer 2013 so that they could visit the Station Bookshop. They had heard so much about the Bookshop and gave it their approval by leaving with arms full of books. A local hostelry may have been visited too. The outing was so successful that a repeat is planned for Summer 2014.