Books are the ultimate Dumpees: put them down and they’ll wait for you forever; pay attention to them and they always love you back. A bookstore is one of the many pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking.
For a long time I struggled (like many of you) to buy books in Zambia not until i discovered; GreyMatter bookstores located at East Park Mall shop No: 25. The first time I happened to visit Grey matter I felt like a child at a newly opened play park. For the first time I was at a bookstore that had the precise books I was looking for, this was an ultimate adventure for me.
Did you know that books sold at Grey Matter are also sold at the same price as books offered at a London or New York bookstore?
It is also cheaper to buy from the store than Amazon or other online booksellers as customers are saved on the extra costs incurred on shipping.
Furthermore, Grey Matter will be starting a special order service termed ‘If its published we supply it’. This service will enable you and I purchase any book of our choice from any author worldwide.
In addition the store is expanding its services to the people of the Copper-belt hence look out for their upcoming new store in Kitwe. These thrilling offers must definitely be prompting you to visit the store.
Grey Matter provides customers with the widest range of books from Fiction to Non-fiction novels, Autobiographies & Biographies, Dictionaries, School & office stationery, Spiritual, Educational games, Motivational, Parenting, Law and Accounts, Medical, Cookery books, Music, Business Management, African literature, a children’s corner of different essentials, CDC approved and international curriculums both primary and secondary education and many more.
The bookstore is opened from Monday to Sunday at exactly 10:00h-18:30h with a slight time change on Sunday as the store is opened at 10:00h and on public holidays it opens at 10:00h & closes at 17:00h. The stores mission is ‘to create & make available quality and affordable educational reference materials and relevant resources that educate, inform and inspire every child and adult alike… .’
Every adventure requires a road map hence how about a detailed analysis of the store? Let’s get into the stores structure, feel, sections and personnel.
Walking into the store, you are not only welcomed by friendly personnel but you’re mesmerized by the most recent reads, best sellers or those books that have withstand the test of time. For example, Dan Brown Origin, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Purple Hibiscus, or Barack Obama’s The audacity of hope, thoughts on reclaiming the American dream and many more. Opposite this section is a collection of birthday or celebratory cards you could always get for loved ones.
These are books, Biographies, poems, essays, novels written by African authors. Popular African authors like Chinua Achebe, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and many others have their works stocked in the store. Zambian authors equally have their books stocked in this section, for example Luka Mwango of Perdition, Sylvester Mwaba etc. If you’re looking for an African book, this is definitely your unit.
BIOGRAPHIES & AUTO BIOGRAPHIES
A biography is a written account of another person’s life while an auto-biography is a history of a person’s life written or told by that person. This section houses books such as Hilary Clinton’s popular biography, Nelson mandela’s in his own words from freedom to the future and many others.
FICTION & NON-FICTION
Fiction is the class of literature comprising works of imaginative narration, especially in prose form while Non-fiction on the other hand deals with narrating prose offering opinions or conjectures upon facts and reality including biographies, history and essays.
What I specifically love about this section is that Grey Matter offers you a bundle of three fiction books that you can get at a whooping price of only K99 instead of the initial price of K80 for one. That is definitely an exciting deal.
Nonfiction houses war books, books on capitalism and so on while Fiction has a range of books such as the popular Dan Brown book Origin, The lord of the Rings and so on.
COOKERY( HEALTH & MUSIC)
Need I say more, peep through below;
PARENTING, (GARDENING & BOOKS ON FITNESS)
Are you a mother or perhaps you’re preparing for childcare, ‘What to expect when you’re expecting is the perfect book for you. More pictures below.
BUSINESS & MANAGEMENT
Business & Management are two sides of a coin. These two depend on each other and are interrelated to one another. Grey matter book stores cares for your business and how well you manage it. For this reason it stocks you with books such as ‘The art of persuasion (wining without intimidation)’ ‘Robert Greene the 48 laws of power’ ‘The story of Microsoft & Apple by Nell Musolf & Sara Gilbert respectively’.
Okay so that was an overview of the mid-section. Let’s now get into the barricade sections of the store. I hope you’re with me on this adventure.
HIGHER ACADEMICS & PROFESSIONAL STUDIES
Noun: Something done or received in regard to the state of one’s health, as a medical examination.
Adjective: of or relating to the science or practice of medicine.
This section possesses all the books on medicine, medical, science or anything in-line with the subject matter, for example the famous ‘Grey anatomy for students’ ‘Foundation of psychology’ and many more.
B. -LAW & ACCOUNTS
Noun (Law): Anything written or positive rule or collection of rules prescribed under the authority of the state or nation, as by the people in its constitution.
If you’re a law student perhaps a law abiding citizen, then this is your section. From ‘Modern land law books’ to ‘Constitutional & Administrative law’ the list is endless hence be sure to visit the store for more.
Noun: A registry of pecuniary transactions, a written or printed statement of business dealings or debts and credits. Also in relation to banking.
With that definition in mind it is clear to see the importance of accounting in business or administration. Grey matter book stores house a variety of books on this subject, for example ‘Frank woods business accounting’ ‘Accounting theory practice’ and many more.
Noun: A book giving information on particular subjects or on a particular class of words, names or facts, usually arranged alphabetically.
Grey matter houses a variety of dictionaries and reference books from the ‘Oxford Dictionary’ to the ‘Collins dictionary’ which is also translated in several languages such as Latin, Greek, Portuguese, and German etc. They equally give customers exciting great offers from time to time that you must look out for in this section.
Noun: Writing materials, as pens, pencils, paper & envelops.
Do I need to say more, peep through the pictures below.
Noun: Affairs of the church or related to something sacred, supernatural, God or matters of religion.
In today’s world people believe in God or a supernatural being or they simply look for religious principles. Grey matter has a tone of material related to this subject, such as Bibles (Holy Bible, King James Version, The living Bible, Good News Bible), famous spiritual books like ‘Its your time by Joel Osteen’ ‘Do yourself a favour..FORGIVE by Joyce Meyer’ and so on.
Noun: The state of or Condition of being motivated or having a strong reason to act or accomplish something.
In today’s world we all need some motivation & inspiration, perhaps Kelly Rowland was right by saying “I’mma be your motivation” This section will have you wanting to buy every book. It stocks a variety of literature such as ‘When I say no I feel guilty by Manuel J Smith’ ‘The Law of Success by Napoleon Hill’ and many more.
SCHOOL ESSENTIALS (Charts & Graphs)
This is the synonym of Disney world, your child will be provided with a variety of books and Educational games, coloring books, and many more.
CDC APPROVED & INTERNATIONAL CURRICULLUM
For primary school going pupils, Grey matter bookstores stock a variety of materials for you such as ‘Examination syllabus for G12’ ‘Checkpoint math’ etc.
Like primary students, secondary students are equally chattered for, for example books such as ‘Exams made easy by our very own Zambian author Rozious Siatwambo, ‘The students companion by Wilfres D Best and many more.
I hope this write-up/ review of Grey Matter encourages you to explore the store, buy from the store and enjoy your book adventures. Remember to seek help from the wonderful personnel that is at your disposal.
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Thank you for reading.