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The Ibis but not as we know it!
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The Ibis but not as we know it!

The Ibis Bookshop is now no more.
Picture added on 16 April 2014 at 16:55
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I suppose that with so much competition from the likes of Amazon this was almost inevitable. It is however a great pity, for me certainly, I have so many memories of the Ibis Library and those associated with it.
Added by David Hopkins on 17 April 2014
How sad. The Ibis was a fine bookshop, and I’m sorry it has closed after serving Banstead so well for so long. The original owner in the 1950s was the flamboyant author Martyn Goff, who for 34 years was Administrator of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction; he was also Chairman of Henry Sotheran, Britain’s oldest antiquarian bookseller.

It was here, in 1958, that I bought (thanks to a Banstead Secondary School prize) a book that set me on the path to a writing career that served me well for more than half a century. Martyn Goff told me once that the authors Simon Brett and John Trenhaile had separately written to him saying that the Ibis was their first contact with books, too.

Added by Peter Denton on 07 June 2014
I loved the Ibis . I was often in there , reading the books ( and not buying ! ) and Martyn Goff - an exotic figure if there ever was one - was very tolerant of my non-purchasing habits ! But as soon as I received a birthday book token , the Ibis was my first stop. They also sold records and it was from there that my Mother bought the best birthday present I ever got - Then Play On by Fleetwood Mac . Happy, happy days!


Added by Heather Purkiss on 07 June 2014
Heather's comments above remind me that Martyn Goff was not only a prolific fiction author, but also an authoritative writer on classical music. In 1957 he published "A Short Guide to Long Play", followed by "A further Guide to Long Play" and, later, "Record Choice: Guide to a Basic Classical Record Collection". I don't think he mentioned Fleetwood Mac anywhere, though... perhaps they were his secret passion!
Added by Peter Denton on 08 June 2014
Alongside all his other activities Martyn Goff was also the brains behind the Mann Booker Prize, and was also awarded an OBE. Martyn is generally regarded as a giant of our literary culture.
Writing in The Guardian, John Sutherland said; The current health of English fiction can be explained in two words: Martyn Goff. There are rumours that Goff is about to retire from masterminding the Man Booker prize. It will be a sad day.
A great man in Banstead High Street.
Added by David Hopkins on 10 June 2014
I recall the excitement of it being it opened, but I don't remember the year.
Added by Michael Funnell on 02 September 2014
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