Farewell Rory...

As eras go, the one that ends today is a long and significant one. At 5.30 Rory Hill will close up for the last time after five and a half years at The Book Hive. The shop has only been here eight years, so his time covers a substantial part of its existence. He has contributed to the development, reputation and standing of the shop on a local, national and international level. He was highly involved in the running of Galley Beggar Press in its formative years here in the shop, and Propolis Books after that. He has charmed customers and authors alike, dealt with publishers and taken on the arseholes with aplomb. His contributions are too many to list, too many, indeed, to remember. But if there is a history of this place to be told in years to come, involving the great and the good who have passed through its doors and the exciting and important things that have taken flight from here, then his name will surely burn bright on any list of those who made it happen. He came - young, tattooed, dare I say chubby-thighed, enthusiastic and ready to gently implement things he thought would be cool, and were. He leaves, twice shortlisted for UK young bookseller of the year, skinny, married, more tattooed and just as enthusiastic, which will stand him in good stead at the wonderful Sainsbury Centre, where he moves to next. To say he will be missed is not right - I am sure we will all stay in close contact. But his presence,wit,good judgement and taste will create a tangible absence here, which is the only sadness amongst the happy times his recent wedding and excellent upwards career move have created. I salute you,sir. You have been a true friend to us all.x

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