Founders attend Books etc 'wake'

<p>As many as 50 former Books etc employees braved the icy conditions to join the chain&#39;s two founders Richard and Philip Joseph last night (21st) for the Books etc &quot;wake&quot; held at the Cittie of Yorke public house in central London.</p><p>Publishers from Quadrille, Faber, Random House and the British Library gathered to pay their final respects to the chain.<br /><br />The last Books etc shop closed at 5:22pm on Saturday 19th December, when Adam Hewson manager of the Fulham Broadway branch that was &quot;officially a Books etc although trading as Borders Express&quot; locked the doors for customers for the last time.<br /><br /><a href="../news/107480-mcr-rejected-richard-joseph-bid-for-borders-stores.html" target="_blank" title=" Joseph, who had told <em>The Bookseller </em>only hours earlier that his final bid for &quot;a bunch of stores&quot; had been rejected by administrator MCR, was a surprise attendee along with his father. </a>Both had already sent their apologies, but Richard Joseph decided to attend after coming to the UK from the US&mdash;where he runs a publisher Arcadia&mdash;in order to negotiate direct with the administrator.<br /><br />The younger Joseph reiterated his earlier claim that he had made a &quot;serious attempt&quot; to buy a number of stores, with &quot;lots of 0s&quot; attached, but that MCR had proved to be implacable. That, it was implied, was the best polite term that could be used.</p><p>Hewson told <em>The Bookseller </em>that the first of the final shops to close was Broadgate, followed by Solihull, then Bicester &amp; Whiteleys. Wimbledon closed the weekend of the 12th, Victoria Street &amp; Victoria Place mid week. Hammersmith closed on the 17th and finally Fulham on the 19th. &quot;After clearing out the shop of detritus, the lights finally were finally switched on Book etc just gone noon on Monday 21st.&quot; Of the managers, he added, half have jobs to go to. </p><p>The rest of the shops in the Borders group shut their doors for the final time today (22nd) a month after it went into administration.</p>