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301 1/2 M.H.S. 2953
16th October 1975
Knitting and Crochet Book F.E. T.V.
c.c. D.G. M.P.
Deputy General Manager, Publications
While in W.H. Smith's on Tuesday I noticed the enclosed copy of "Knitting -
Stitches and Patterns". It was originally published at £1.50, very good value
for a casebound book of 176 pages and with 70 colour photographs. Even so, it
has been remaindered and is now being offered at 75p. It is published by Octupus,
Paul Hamlyn's company, who are a very professional company with an exclusive
distribution arrangement with Smiths. I think this endorses D.G.M.P.'s worries
about the saleability of a large, medium priced book on knitting, and maybe we
should instead consider a knitting and crochet book that would fit into the
series of mini books, similar to "Mr. Smith's Vegetable Garden".
I should be glad to hear the views of you and Sheila, perhaps you may be able to
suggest reasons why the Octopus Book has not sold.
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Document Type | Memo
16 October 1975
A publications executive innocently suggests a 'mini-book' format to accompany the forthcoming series 'Knitting Fashion' and is slightly perplexed as to why a previous pattern book selection didn't sell.
A world away from knitting controversies, other events in 1975 were the end of the Vietnam War and the death of General Franco in Spain. The film 'Jaws' was released and caused hysterics in the cinema, while in October David Essex reached number one in the hit parade with 'Hold Me Close'.
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