Georgia opened Imagined Things in July 2017! She left her job as an NHS Radiographer to follow her love of books & dream of having a bookshop! Georgia has always loved English & Science (don’t get her started talking about radiation!), and torn between an English degree or something more science based, Georgia decided on Diagnostic Radiography! After graduating from Leeds University in 2011, she started work in x-ray at Harrogate District Hospital, staying there for almost six years & training as a specialist radiographer in CT scanning during that time. So opening the bookshop was a bit of a change!
What I think of owning a bookshop: It’s amazing. It’s been tough, scary & challenging – but it’s WONDERFUL. It’s the most brilliant, creative, inspiring of industries & I love being a part of it. Leaving my career as a radiographer was a huge decision but its one I’m massively proud of – just because you’ve gone down one path doesn’t mean you have to stay on it!
Why I love books: I’m truly passionate about imagined things & the books that contain them! Stories are powerful & they are so important. They bind us together, teach us and transport us.
My Favourite Books: I adore fantasy because through things that couldn’t be real we often see the truth of our world & our lives all the clearer. I also love the what ifs & warnings found in dystopias. I’m a HUGE Stephen King fan & have read 26 of his books. I read fairly broadly but there’s usually an element of the fantastical, speculative or magical realism. I love REALLY good writing too (Margaret Atwood is the master!). I’m a fan of fascinating non-fiction of various kinds too. You can see more of my favourites here.
Random Fact: Georgia’s lucky number is 7 – after she had a car accident on 07.07.2007 – whilst that may not seem lucky the fact she was relatively unharmed after being rolled 9 times at 70mph was pretty lucky overall!
Georgia is finally back in the shop more (& is loving it!) after welcoming our baby bookseller in 2021 – Ruby-Alice is now already a toddler and can sometimes be found frequenting the bookshop with her Mammy! She is an expert at handing you books from low shelves – though they may not be the ones you were after!! When Georgia is otherwise occupied with the tiniest team member Fable will be keeping the booksellers organised!