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Bizzy in better days
Bizzy in better days

The McMurtrie Building, Rolt Heights [88,12]

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Bundled up for the chilly Bonfire Night
Bundled up for the chilly Bonfire Night

Isabel "Bizzy" Bowers of Malibu, California, USA, is the proprietor of Book Bizarre in the beautiful McMurtrie Building [88,12] in Rolt Heights. She was visiting cousins in Malton when the outbreak began, trapping her as it did so many others.


Book Bizarre, for those of you new to the district, is an independent bookstore specializing in murder mysteries and supernatural fiction. The bookstore occupies all four floors of the historic McMurtrie Building. While nowhere near as large as million-volume Powell's City of Books in Portland, Oregon, USA, Book Bizarre nonetheless is estimated to contain a hundred thousand books. Part of the second floor is home to the coffee shop, Unhallowed Grounds, offering a wide selection of gourmet coffees, teas and fresh pastries. Bizzy invites you to come in, relax and enjoy their warm hospitality. Because of the balconies extending from the second level, on fair days patrons may take their refreshments outdoors and read their books to the soothing moans of the shambling zed crowds shuffling along the streets below. Music's in the air and it isn't just jazz quartets and swing from The Mighty Wurlitzer, the jukebox still pristine even after all the travail.

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The Mighty Wurlitzer
The Mighty Wurlitzer


The black currant jam is from bushes established in the roof garden across the street. Originally, Bizzy started it to produce salad ingredients. That was a number of years ago and it's now grown quite lush. Seedlings and cuttings were planted in large pots, old wash basins and re-purposed cast-iron bathtubs. These tubs and sinks were salvaged at great personal risk by Bizzy and her cohorts from burned-out buildings around the town. (Ask Bizzy, and she'll arrange a tour for you.) The roof is where she keeps the few chickens that provide the eggs for her cakes. Then of course, there's the famous view from the north balcony of the white roses blooming in the warmth of the sun.

Early November is always a very happy time at Unhallowed Grounds. Sparklers and Union flags grace every table and the heartwarming promise of Parkin, that spicy cake, and rich toffee apples, is cheering to all. It's good to remember that Fawkes and his fellow traitors did not manage to destroy the elegant Parliament building, a national treasure, the sight of which is enjoyed by all. Not to mention blow up His Majesty! (G-d indeed saved the King.)

Delicious coffee, served just the way you like it
Delicious coffee, served just the way you like it


The shop is conveniently located four blocks from the Burchell Arms [89,17]. The quickest revives may be had at cemetery [88,13]. After you're revived, while away your afternoons in Book Bizarre next door, then run the four blocks to the Burchell Arms. Their ale is the stuff of legend! All of the holiday parties at Book Bizarre are catered by the Burchell Arms Regulars. These stalwarts have never yet let the community down. Bizzy's buffet table is always a splendid spread that fills half of Unhallowed Grounds. (Where do those deer keep coming from?)

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There are whispers around the neighborhood, not even rumours really, that Bizzy must be a witch because in spite of all the attacks, the interior of the book shop is still lovely. Bizzy just smiles and shakes her head, then laughs that if she were actually in league with the forces of darkness she'd be doing a lot better than an odd store on the edge of a ruined city. We aren't so sure. "People make their own luck. It's an old saying but it's true," Bizzy assures us with a wink and encouragement to finish our coffee cake.

We inquiry about the variety of the menu at Unhallowed Grounds. The nuts and herbs always seem fresh. There's sugar, milk and heavy cream. Then there's the coffee itself. How is this possible?

"Well, you know, people ask me all the time, 'Bizzy how do you get this stuff? Where are you finding your supplies?' The truth of the matter is, it involves dangerous expeditions to the eastern border of the city. You can get a lot of things if you're willing to risk a trip to the wall. Luckily Rolt Heights is fairly close to the border, so we're able to keep up a pretty stable supply line. Supplemented with our own produce - we dry hundreds of pounds of various fruits every year, for instance - we're able to provide a rather varied menu. I'm grateful it's gone smoothly so far. There've been a few close calls, a couple of bad scares, but to me, it's worth the effort."

"I think the whole history of the human race is the search for little comforts. The aquaducts - all of it - is just the striving to achieve little comforts in life. That's why the bookstore is so important to me. I believe it's vital for people to have a place where they can relax and forget their troubles, if only for an hour." Giving us a warm smile, she thanks us for coming by to interview her and bustles off, exuding an air of invincibility, to polish some brass or whip up a new batch of delicious treats in her fabulous shop.

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Fireworks 2014
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There's lots to do in Rolt Heights

Don't miss our week-long special for Guy Fawkes Day


Proper Yorkshire Parkin - warm and spicy!





Book Bizarre is always barricaded to EHB for the comfort and safety of our patrons.
Book Bizarre is always barricaded to EHB for the comfort and safety of our patrons.
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Remember remember not to burn up Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle
Remember remember
not to burn up
Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle
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Book Bizarre is open 24/7 because we believe that you should always have a pleasant place to hide.
Book Bizarre is open 24/7
because we believe that you
should always have
a pleasant place to hide.







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Land of Hope and Glory
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Guy Fawkes Bonfire Night in Malton, 1776




Unhallowed Grounds offers many teas and coffees made just the way you like. Stop in any time for a fresh pastry treat, warm cake, pie or something chilled, if you prefer. If Bizzy is out on a supply run, someone charming will be in the shop and ready to serve you. Book Bizarre stands vigil 24/7. Come and join the celebration, always in progress, and give us a chance to please you. Whether it's a bank holiday or just a gloriously sunny day, Book Bizarre is indulging and so should you.
Unhallowed Grounds offers many teas and coffees made just the way you like. Stop in any time for a fresh pastry treat, warm cake, pie or something chilled, if you prefer. If Bizzy is out on a supply run, someone charming will be in the shop and ready to serve you. Book Bizarre stands vigil 24/7. Come and join the celebration, always in progress, and give us a chance to please you. Whether it's a bank holiday or just a gloriously sunny day, Book Bizarre is indulging and so should you.

Isabel "Bizzy" Bowers (talk)

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