I am interested in finding out a bit more about them, and Witness reaction to their activities in the UK.
For those who have not heard of them, they retail new and secondhand books of interest to Jehovah's WItnesses by post in the UK.
Has anyone ever used them?
Does anyone know the family who run the business, and the congregation they come from in Malvern?
Do many Witnesses in your local congregations use Golden Age Books, and how do they view them?
Does anyone know if the branch has a particular view on their business?
Our CO does mention getting books from them from time to time, but in a understated kind of way. A few others I know do buy books they are interested in from Golden Age Books, but you get the feeling that some are not comfortable with the arrangement, or think that Golden Age Books should not really be doing what they are doing. It reminds me how, if you read "Thirty Years A Watch Tower Slave" carefully you find out that Schnell was sort of forced out over his attempts at making money from selling non-Watchtower books to fellow Witnesses. The society sure does not like competition from within their ranks, so I am really curious how Golden Age Books manage to negotiate their activity; if there is any official view on them from the branch; and how individual Witnesses in general view their business.
As an aside, one simply cannot be in the book business without being exposed to a lot of apostate books - so I really wonder how much Anthony Byatt stills believes of the Witness religion. It is not inconceivable that he remains a Witness nowadays largely because he depends on fellow Witnesses economically. But that is just a thought. Here is the link: