Books and Pieces – Rare and Second Hand Titles in Nottingham


From Harry Potter to Ernest Hemingway, Agatha Christie to Franz Kafka, and Stephen King to Shakespeare – you will find the publication you are looking for at Books and Pieces, West End Arcade, Nottingham. All genres of fiction and non-fiction are in stock – along with an extensive selection of classic comics.

For students and teachers searching for academic study guides and curricular texts, Jean will offer expert assistance, and even source specific titles for you. I have been tremendously grateful for all GCSE and A Level publications she has provided me with over the years which have helped in the delivery of my English lessons massively.


Books and Pieces is a treasure trove of popular contemporary fiction, biographies, historical tomes, encyclopedias, classics and those more obscure titles you may have been hunting for. Indeed, as a fan of horror and mystery, I have been greatly impressed with many of the books I have discovered in Jean’s shop over the years, such as the fantastic ‘Jungle Magic’ by James H Neal – see book review here: Jungle Magic Book Review. 

Jean is now selling books online too, and is always more than happy to assist you with her exceptional service.

Facebook link – Books and Pieces ‘With a touch of Jeanius’.

The shop is located in West End Arcade, just off Angel Row (opposite Caffè Nero) right in the heart of Nottingham city centre.

David Fox is a professional entertainer and freelance writer based in the UK. Visit his website for more details: David Fox Magic.

Greenfingers Florists – Exceptional Arrangements For All Occasions.

Greenfingers’ stunning display at a recent open day at Risley Hall. Their arrangements have to be seen to be believed.

Are you seeking an exceptional florist in the Nottingham area? Greenfingers Florists of Chilwell are an outstanding family business who have been providing first class arrangements for over two decades.

Exceptional displays for all occasions.

Based on High Road, Chilwell, NG9 5BB, you can expect a very warm welcome if you pop in for a consultation. Sharon and the team have a sharp eye for detail and a sensitivity for all your unique requirements.

Contact Greenfingers now for a superb service!

Contact Greenfingers now on 0115 943 0792 for more details or email:

Their website also has more details about this fantastic service:

The author of the article is David Fox, a professional magician and freelance writer based in the UK. Visit his website at:

Happy Birthday Gem!

It was tremendous to be part of Gem Vending’s 50th birthday party celebrations. Photograph courtesy of Dave Fuller Photography.

It was a massive privilege to be part of Gem Vending’s 50th birthday party celebrations at Langley Mill United Cricket Ground. Gem have been providing state-of-the-art drinks and snacks vending machines throughout the Midlands and Yorkshire since the late 1960s, and their team hosted a memorable occasion. For more details, please visit their website at: Gem Vending.

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Langley Mill United Cricket Club is a family friendly environment – excellent for all types of event! Photograph courtesy of Dave Fuller Photography.

Langley Mill United Cricket Club was an excellent choice of venue and is in close proximity to Gem’s offices. The club boasts well-stocked bar facilities, function space, and a friendly and diligent events team. Visit their website at: Langley Mill Cricket  Club

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Contact the sensational Joey of Party2Party today for top drawer children’s entertainment! Photograph courtesy of Dave Fuller Photography.

It was a real pleasure to work alongside the exceptional Joey of Party2Party who enthralled all the children present with his games, magic and fantastic bouncy castle. Joey provides a superb service and has a fantastic personality. If you are seeking first class children’s entertainment for your next special event, visit his website now at: Party2Party.

A party wouldn’t be a party without delicious catering, and Barlows Butchers were a tremendous hit with all of the guests. This family run business has been providing sumptuous meat products since the 1940s. If you are seeking a caterer for your next special occasion around the Langley Mill area, please visit their website at: Barlows Butchers.

I was delighted to meet DJ Eddy Lush again at the celebrations. I had last worked alongside him at a wedding reception several years ago and he was on fine form providing a great selection of tunes past and present for everyone to enjoy. Eddy also masterfully orchestrated a karaoke contest. The standard was very high indeed and it certainly added something very special to the proceedings. So expect to see the contestants appearing on Britain’s Got Talent very soon! Visit Eddy’s website now for a DJ at your next event: Walk on Entertainments.

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Well done to everyone at Gem Vending for organising such a lovely day! Photograph courtesy of Dave Fuller Photography.

Such an important occasion should most certainly be documented for posterity, and the highly talented Dave Fuller was present to capture those magical moments. I am very fortunate that Dave agreed to provide some of his exceptional photographs for this blog article. Professional, personable and meticulous, Dave is perfect for weddings, parties and promotional shoots around the East Midlands and beyond. Hire Dave Fuller for your next event and visit his website at: Dave Fuller Photography.

Congratulations to Gem Vending on your 50th anniversary! Well done to everyone at the company for hosting such a memorable evening. Here’s to the next 50 years…

The author of the article is David Fox, an award winning entertainer and freelance writer based in the UK. Visit David’s website at: David Fox Magic or phone him today on: 07946686258.

Nick Elliott – Photographer of the Stars

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It was a tremendous pleasure to meet Nick Elliott at the offices of Siren FM in Lincoln three years ago. Nick is one of the most sought after professional photographers in the UK, and I consider myself very privileged indeed to have developed a friendship with him.

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The legend Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden – Nick is a trusted photographer of all the top Rock bands

Despite boasting a formidable CV, and having photographed a galaxy of celebrities over the past five decades, Nick is incredibly modest, down-to-earth and is very much a people person. What struck me first about Nick is his ability to strike up a fantastic rapport with anyone from any background – along with his natural curiosity for the world around him. I was also extremely impressed with Nick’s exceptional musical knowledge, and how he has worked with many of my heroes: Rock Royalty such as Ozzy Osbourne, Robert Plant, Alice Cooper and Lemmy.

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The one and only Lemmy – Nick is one of the chosen few who have captured Rock Royalty in full flow.

Photography is an art, and Nick Elliott is a veritable master of his craft – dedicated, meticulous and precise when it comes to capturing the very essence of a particular moment, situation or event. His work speaks for itself, and prestigious advertising agencies such as Saatchi and Saatchi frequently call upon his services to help promote world famous brands, products, services and celebrities.

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Photographer of the stars – Nick is available for photo shoots throughout the UK and beyond. Contact him now.

The man behind the lens who never misses a beat, Nick has conducted projects with Prime Minister John Major, HRH Queen Elizabeth II, and the Liberal Democrats. But it is in the fast paced world of Rock and Roll where he has developed a sensational reputation. This is not a domain for the faint-hearted, but a man of Nick’s stature, charisma and skill always ensures an exceptional end product.

Nick Elliott may be the man who is trusted by the stars, but the fantastic news is that he is available for weddings, parties and corporate shoots throughout the UK and beyond. Why not bring a touch of magic and class to your next special event by contacting Nick Elliott now? His website is: Nick Elliott Photographer Contact telephone number: 07881 650883.

David Fox is a professional magician and freelance writer based in the UK. His website is: David Fox Magic and his contact number: 07946 686 258.

Forever Green – Exceptional Function Facilities

Jason Parnell is an exceptional photographer who captured the climax of this magical routine perfectly. Photograph courtesy of Jason Parnell.

If you are currently organising your wedding, party or corporate event, Forever Green offers exceptional facilities. Nestled away in the idyllic location of Ransom Wood Park, the venue boasts a tranquil yet highly accessible environment for your next red letter day. This central location makes Forever Green an excellent choice for a very special occasion as it is so close to the urban areas of Mansfield, Nottingham and Newark, as well as being within 15 minutes drive of the M1 motorway.

Forever Green boasts a friendly approachable team who are committed to providing first class service. Photograph courtesy of Jason Parnell.

The events team provide a first class service, and I have been very fortunate to have entertained guests on several occasions at this fantastic venue. Indeed, I was delighted to be invited to perform magic at their Christmas market last December, and it truly was a day to remember. Forever Green promote a sustainable and environmentally friendly approach to business, and have forged an excellent relationship with local enterprise. The festive market provided an opportunity for small business owners from around north Nottinghamshire to showcase their talents and fantastic services.

The Christmas Market was an exciting opportunity for local businesses and people to come together – some magic for the guests. Photograph courtesy of Jason Parnell.

Local photographer Jason Parnell was on hand to capture the fun and festive spirit. Jason is available for events and promotional shoots around Nottinghamshire and beyond. As well as being a wizard with the camera, Jason is also a friendly, approachable and highly professional gentleman. Indeed, I was delighted when he offered to provide some excellent photographs from the day to post in this blog article. For more details, visit Jason’s website at: or phone Jason on: 07515313511.

To find out more about how to make your wedding, party or corporate event a magnificent occasion, visit Forever Green’s website at: www.forever-green or contact their exceptional events team on: 01623 675323.

For customised magic at any occasion, visit my website at: or phone me on: 07946686258.

Wedding Rings and Superstition

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The Russian Prince Urussoff was a worried man indeed. Whilst honeymooning on the Black Sea, his wife’s wedding ring slipped from her finger and vanished beneath the waves. Deeply distressed, the nobleman solemnly recalled the family superstition that the loss of a wedding ring would inevitably lead to the break-up of the marriage. What could he do to reverse such ill fortune?

After much deliberation, the Prince decided to purchase both shores of the Black Sea from several hundred owners. Despite paying approximately $40 million, he reasoned that if he owned the entire sea, he also laid claim to everything in it – which included his wife’s wedding ring.

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The superstitious Prince purchased the entire 168,500 square miles of the Black Sea

It is small wonder that something as special as the wedding ring has become an object of mystery, intrigue and superstition. Rings have been utilised as potent symbols of alliances, oaths and matrimony since time immemorial. The ancient Egyptians venerated the ring as the sacred symbol of eternity.  They chose to place a wedding band on the third finger as they believed this contained an artery which ran directly to the heart – a custom we continue to observe in modern times.

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Rings have been a symbol of marriage, fidelity and allegiance since Ancient Egyptian times

Superstitions associated with wedding rings vary through time and space. In parts of medieval Europe, dropping the ring during the ceremony was said to be a good omen which warded off evil spirits. However, in other cultures this was looked upon less favourably. If the ring was too tight, it was a warning that your partner would become overbearing and the marriage would fail. The inverse – a loose fitting wedding band -implied a very high probability of infidelity.

Incredibly, wedding rings are one of the few personal items inmates in prison are permitted to retain at all times. Such a demonstration of their power helps to maintain the universal superstition that the loss of a ring is a terrible omen indeed. But what of Prince Urussoff? Did he manage to outwit fate?

His marriage appears to have been successful and, what’s more, the loss of the ring proved to be extremely lucrative for his family. After the Prince died, his heirs sold the Black Sea for $80 million – securing a handsome profit.

The author of the article is David Fox. Visit his website at: David Fox Magic.

Magic, Hospitality and Networking at Harts Hotel, Nottingham

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Harts Hotel in Nottingham has developed an exceptional reputation over the past few years. The winner of numerous awards for exceptional service and cuisine, Harts is the first choice venue for business people visiting the city.

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In October the hotel hosted RSVIP’s networking event. This is an opportunity for business people from around the city and three counties to come together. Fiona Duncan has been organising such gatherings for several years now and they are always a tremendous success. Visit RSVIP’s website at:

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Networking is vital for small to medium sized businesses, and Fiona has helped new businesses thrive and develop with her unique service. The possibility to meet potential clients, suppliers and business experts can provide a tremendous boost to any enterprise.

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Exceptional local photographer Louise Mills was on hand to capture the event. Louise is in high demand for weddings, corporate functions and promotional shoots. Visit her website today at:

Why not contact Harts Hotel for your next special event in Nottingham? Their website is: and/or contact the events team on: 0115 988 1900.

David Fox is a professional magician based in Nottingham who performs throughout the world. His local website is:

Christmas Competition – Win a Magic Set!

Win this amazing magic set for Christmas!

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Do you want to be the next Dynamo or David Copperfield? Amaze your friends and family this Christmas with some incredible magic! We’re giving away this amazing magic set with over 300 great tricks and illusions!

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Magic is fun and this magic set will help you learn and perform some fantastic effects!!

To enter the competition, ‘like’ us on Facebook and just answer the following question…

What is the name of the man who is famous for bending spoons who appears on the home page of David’s new website?

Simply send your answer to us, along with your name, email address, postal address and mobile number, through the Contact Page on David’s website.

Don’t forget to ‘like’ and follow us on Facebook too for regular updates!We will announce the winner here!!

The prize draw will be made at midday on Monday 4th December 2017.

Terms and conditions: 1. You must be over 16 to enter 2. You must live in the UK 3. The draw will be made on 4th December 2017 at midday and the winner will be notified by email. Our decision is final, and the magic set will be posted by special delivery once the winner has responded to us.

Good Luck!

The Village Hotel, Nottingham

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‘Your magic was exceptional and really helped the day to flow well’

Dan and Cheryl, wedding day celebrations at The Village Hotel

The Village Hotel, Nottingham is an exceptional venue which has a whole range of facilities to offer travellers, business people, event organisers and local residents alike. Located on Brailsford Way, Chilwell on the outskirts of Nottingham, the venue is within walking distance of the beautiful Attenborough Nature Reserve. As well as boasting an exceptional restaurant, bar facilities (with televised sports), swimming pool, spa and gym, The Village Hotel has earned an excellent reputation for hosting weddings, parties and corporate functions.

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Magic in the bar area. Photograph courtesy of Andrea Palmer


Magician David Fox has fond memories of the hotel. Not only has he amazed audiences on numerous occasions there over the years, it was a popular choice of hotel when his parents used to visit him in Beeston nearby. Guests can always rest assured that they will be treated to a day to remember. Indeed, why not contact the exceptional wedding coordinator Vicky Irvine and her team on 0115 896 5065 for more details about this marvellous venue and what it can offer you?

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You will always receive a warm welcome at The Village Hotel. Photograph courtesy of Andrea Palmer.


Most recently, clients and staff of The Village Hotel were treated to an evening of close-up magic, mystery and intrigue by local Nottingham magician David Fox. The Magic Circle sleight-of-hand artiste entertained residents, staff and guests in the bar, restaurant and function areas. The highly talented photographer Andrea Palmer was on hand to expertly capture the reactions of David’s audience as he seamlessly moved between groups of captivated clients. David is a popular local entertainer and has forged an excellent relationship with the events team at The Village Hotel. He is always delighted to amaze and enthral at any event this three star venue happens to be hosting.

David at Pure Chocolate Indulgence provides an exceptional service.


Andrea Palmer is a Nottingham based photographer who is perfect for your wedding day, corporate event or promotional campaign. Andrea’s unique talent is her sensitivity for the requirements of each and every client. This is a rare ability indeed and her photographs on this blog article illustrate her uncanny ability to capture the perfect shot at the precise moment. For more information about Andrea’s exceptional service, visit her new website at: Andrea Palmer Weddings.

The Village Hotel often hosts wedding fayres and promotional events to market their fantastic product. David Fox is always delighted to work with a range of highly dedicated and top quality wedding and event suppliers. Notable local companies you may wish to consider for your special event at The Village Hotel include: Pure Chocolate Indulgence (wonderful chocolate fountains for special events throughout Nottingham and beyond) and Cakes Etcetera (Sheila has established a fine reputation for her tremendous cake making skills).

David Fox is a Nottingham based award winning magician and freelance writer who is available for weddings, parties, promotions, corporate events and team-building events. Customised event packages and bespoke magical effects can be created for all types of occasions. Visit David’s corporate website at: David Fox Corporate Magic. His Midlands website has more details about how he can assist you on your wedding day or party: David Fox Magician Midlands.

The Riverbank Bar and Kitchen, Nottingham

The Riverbank at Trent Bridge

‘Thank you David for your fantastic performance at our dinner last night! There is a real buzz around the office today thanks to you.’

Rachel Cletheroe, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Nottingham

With spectacularly scenic views over the River Trent, and within walking distance of Nottingham Forest’s stadium and Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, the Riverbank Bar and Kitchen is one of Nottingham’s exceptional venues. There is something here for everyone, and the facilities include: a spacious bar and terrace to enjoy a quiet drink or two, an exquisite dining area, and a secluded function room which is perfect for parties, weddings and corporate functions. The Riverbank has also earned an excellent reputation for the top quality bands and acts that perform there regularly throughout the year.

Nottingham magician David Fox always looks forward to performing magic in the Riverbank and recently amazed at the venue’s wedding fayre in February. Some of the finest suppliers in the city gathered in the upstairs’ function room to exhibit their respective services to the brides and grooms.

The function area is a familiar local haunt for David Fox, and he has been very fortunate to have entertained guests there on numerous occasions over the past few years. It is perfect for both intimate family occasions, such as Evie’s Holy Communion Party in 2012, or larger black tie events, like PricewaterhouseCooper’s recent annual dinner in October 2015. At both events David provided a fully customised entertainment package which involved a blend of both close-up magic, table-side illusions, and a spectacular parlour show of mystery and amazement to round of the proceedings.

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David’s magic is perfect for intimate events

Why not pop into the Riverbank Bar and Kitchen the next time you are in the Trent Bridge area? Visit their website for more details: The Riverbank Bar and Kitchen Nottingham or contact Lauren Llewellyn (Sales and Events Coordinator) on 0115 986 7960.

David Fox is a local award winning magician who can create bespoke packages for all sorts of special occasions around Nottingham and beyond. The overwhelming success of Dynamo and Derren Brown in recent years has catapulted magic back into the mainstream. David creates his own spellbinding effects, illusions and routines which are guaranteed to astound your guests. Visit his website today to find out more: Nottingham Magician David Fox. Contact telephone number: 07946 686 258.