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The Twelve Book Trade Days of Christmas

In Discussion by Roger Tagholm

By Roger Tagholm

On the first day of Christmas,
the book trade sent to me
A tablet in a pear tree.

On the second day of Christmas,
the book trade sent to me
Two combined groups,
And a Kindle in a pear tree.

On the third day of Christmas,
the book trade sent to me
Three tense Eds,
Two combined groups,
And a GlowLight in a pear tree.

On the fourth day of Christmas,
the book trade sent to me
Four agents’ bleats,
Three tense Eds,
Two combined groups,
And a Nexus in a pear tree.

On the fifth day of Christmas,
the book trade sent to me
Five authors’ tweets,
Four agents’ bleats,
Three tense Eds,
Two combined groups,
And a Surface in a pear tree.

On the sixth day of Christmas,
the book trade sent to me
Six chains a-closing,
Five authors’ tweets,
Four agents’ bleats,
Three tense Eds,
Two combined groups,
And a Samsung in a pear tree.

On the seventh day of Christmas,
the book trade sent to me
Seven apps-a costing,
Six chains a-closing,
Five authors’ tweets,
Four agents’ bleats,
Three tense Eds,
Two combined groups,
And a Kobo in a pear tree.

On the eighth day of Christmas,
the book trade sent to me
Eight mums a-blogging,
Seven apps a-costing,
Six chains a- closing,
Five authors’ tweets,
Four agents’ bleats,
Three tense Eds,
Two combined groups,
And a Playbook in a pear tree.

On the ninth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Nine imprints copying,
Eight mums a-blogging,
Seven apps a-costing,
Six chains a-closing,
Five authors’ tweets,
Four agents’ bleats,
Three tense Eds,
Two combined groups,
And a Sony in a pear tree.

On the tenth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Ten pubs a-porning,
Nine imprints copying,
Eight mums a-blogging,
Seven apps a-costing,
Six chains a-closing,
Five authors’ tweets,
Four agents’ bleats,
Three tense Eds,
Two combined groups,
And a Lumia in a pear tree.

On the eleventh day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Eleven direct routings,
Ten pubs a-porning,
Nine imprints copying,
Eight mums a-blogging,
Seven apps a-costing,
Six chains a-closing,
Five authors’ tweets,
Four agents’ bleats,
Three tense Eds,
Two combined groups,
And an iPad in a pear tree.

On the twelfth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Twelve Justice rulings,
Eleven direct routings,
Ten pubs a-porning,
Nine imprints copying,
Eight mums a-blogging,
Seven apps a-costing,
Six chains a-closing,
Five authors’ tweets,
Four agents’ bleats,
Three tense Eds,
Two combined groups,
And old Am’zon owns the pear tree!!

About the Author

Roger Tagholm

Roger Tagholm is based in London and has been writing about the book industry for more than 20 years. He is the former Deputy Editor of Publishing News and the author of Walking Literary London (New Holland) and Poems NOT on the Underground (Windrush Press).