Buy the Books
July 2020: yes, we still have some sets available!
The Knot-Shop Man is a set of four books. They’re
hand-finished, numbered, signed, and bound with a very particular knot. This is the special limited
edition of 200 sets, celebrating the tenth anniversary of Planetarium.
Specifically, each set of this limited edition contains four hardback
books, about 5½" x 8" in size, each 160 pages long,
printed on 150gsm silk stock. There are some black-and-white
illustrations, but this is fundamentally a written-word project. Unlike
previous Beholder books this is not a graphic novel
The Knot-Shop Man is only available here on the
Beholder website, where you are buying directly from Exploding Pen Ltd. (which is
Beholder’s tiny but successful publishing arm). If you want to understand
more, read the "about the project" page —
basically, because we’re selling at cost (and the books are expensive enough
as it is), we simply can’t trade wholesale with our usual retailers. Or, to
put it another way, if you think you’ve ordered a set through Amazon, you’re
going to be disappointed: they list the books on their site even though
they have never stocked them.
A set of The Knot-Shop Man books costs £50
— postage is extra, unless we can arrange a delivery by hand before
you buy (if you’re in the UK, ask first: it’s often been possible!).
Any questions, get in touch.
International buyers: be sure to read the note on postage
Sets are scarce. If you really want to buy two, order twice.
The Knot-Shop Man
set of four books
only if we’ve agreed beforehand
1st class recorded (signed-for)
|£50 + £7.30
|£50 + £10.29
Rest of World
air mail (important! see note below)
|£50 + £21.06
Postage charges! The spectacularly high figures for
international postage are the Royal
Mail’s prices (we based these prices on 2009 rates, and the set being
around 1.8 Kg, but actually it’s over 2Kg). Sorry. More to the point,
this makes this edition impractical to post air mail to some overseas
destinations (for example: we can’t ship to Canada, sorry). The problem is
that we can’t split the pack to be light enough to come within some Air Mail
regulations. So far, we’ve confirmed that USA, Australia and Europe are
not a problem, but if you’re a long way away and not in those regions,
you must check with us first to see if we can post to your location.
How to Order
There are three ways to pay. The first two are the most convenient.
Pay Online (PayPal or Credit Card)
Make sure you choose the right kind of delivery! International
readers: be sure to read the note above on postage prices before you
buy — otherwise we may be unable to fulfil your order.
Pay Offline (UK only, sorry)
If you’ve got a UK bank account and would rather
pay from that, send a cheque (to
made out to Exploding Pen Limited.
If you’re going to order by post like this, please send an email
letting us know you’ve sent your cheque so we can have your books
ready. Be sure to tell us the address to which the books should be
If you’d prefer to transfer funds directly,
contact us for our bank details.
Pay With Coins With Holes in the Middle
If you’ve got four coins, each with two six-fingered dragons and a
hole in the middle, you can pay with those. Take them to Mama
Musubi’s mobile kitchen on the Tangled Plain and tell her Beholder
sent you. You’ll probably get a bowl of noodles for your trouble
too, with a knot tied in every one.
We will email you as soon as your books are despatched. Usually we send books
out by return.