The booksigning event held at the Griffin Bookshop on Tuesday, November 2 for Sylvia Loch, author of the blockbuster novel, AN ALGARVE AFFAIR, was a big success with a large audience fascinated by Sylvia’s tales of Algarve society during the 60s and 70s.

If you don’t already have a copy of the book gift ideas catalogue, BOOKS FOR CHRISTMAS, which contains fantastic gift ideas for all ages and tastes, pick up your copy from the Griffin Bookshop in Almancil or at their book fair in Luz on Thursday mornings at the Belavista Hotel. You’ll find the Griffin Bookshop stand with a wonderful choice of books at the Christmas Fairs on Saturday, November 27 in Luz (St. Vincent’s Christmas Fair at Barlavento School) and the International School of the Algarve at Porches Christmas Fair on the same day. Also at the two Spirit of Christmas Fairs to support the Algarve charities Madrugada and ACCA, on Wednesday, December 1 at the Oceânico Hotel in Portimão and Wednesday, December 8 at the Vila Sol Hotel near Vilamoura.  On Sunday, December 5, the Vale de Lobo Christmas Market being held in the Auditorium in Vale de Lobo will be host to lots of food goodies and demonstrations AND a selection of mouthwatering recipe books from the Griffin! 


Available now at the Griffin in Almancil are a varied range of 2011 calendars and diaries from Playboy to Planet Golf and lots of boxed Christmas card sets.  You’ll also find 2011 Annuals for children.


New out this month as a treat for thriller-lovers are Tom Clancy’s latest, Dead or Alive, David Baldacci’s Hell’s Corner (both in hardcover) and Other Family by Joanna Trollope in paperback.

Great gifts for children are the hugely talented Philip Pullman’s (Northern Lights trilogy) FOUR TALES illustrated hardback which contains The Firework-Maker’s Daughter, The Scarlet Slippers, All Wound Up and The Scarecrow and his Servant.  A lovely gift for readers aged 8-11 years. 

For a bit of peace on Christmas Day, put an Usborne 1000 Christmas Stickers book in their stockings – age 3-6 year-olds will be thrilled – or they can use them before Christmas to make their own cards or decorations.  For older children, the ever-popular Jacqueline Wilson’s newest book is The Longest Whale Song and thrills and spills abound from Robert Muchamore in his latest in the Cherub series, Shadow Wave – both suitable for ages 10-13.