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Featured Bookshops

Gullivers Bookshop

Gullivers Bookshop

47 High Street, Wimborne, BH21 1HS

 Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm; Sat 9am-5.30pm


Gulliver's Bookshop is a family-owned bookshop which has been trading in the market-town of Wimborne Minster since 1969. Located just along the High Street from the historic Minster church the shop is hugely popular with local people and visitors alike. Three generations of the Angel family work as booksellers in both Gullivers and Westbourne Bookshop in Bournemouth. Being an independent business means the shops have real character and provide genuine service to their customers. Gullivers stocks a full range of new books covering every genre, with a rapid ordering system in place to supply any book in print within 24-48 hours. They also stock a range of jigsaws, educational toys, cards, calendars and diaries. 

Edinburgh Bookshop

Edinburgh Bookshop

219 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh, EH10 4DH

 Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 11am-4pm


Established in 2007, the bookshop's emphasis is on unusual, intelligent and topical selections of titles to offer the customer a clever and refreshing choice. The Edinburgh Bookshop has a regular programme of events from big name authors as well as writer's workshops and story-time for the under 5's on Thursday and Friday mornings. They also offer a Children's Bookgroup and support for Adult Bookgroups. With a comfy sofa for you to read on, the bookshop is staffed by friendly booklovers who are always happy to help.

Booka Bookshop

Booka Bookshop

26-28 Church Street, Oswestry, SY11 2SP

 Mon-Sat 9.30am-5.30pm; Sun 11am-4pm


Booka is an award-winning independent bookshop located in the centre of Oswestry, a thriving market town on the border, where Shropshire meets Wales.

Since opening in October 2009, Booka has quickly established a reputation as a destination shop, renowned for the quality of its book stock and its strong community focus. Booka hosts a wide and varied range of author events and work closely with schools, libraries and other organisations to promote a passion for books and reading.  With a prominent position on the high street and a bright and airy ‘boutique’ feel, Booka provides a distinctive and memorable shopping experience – one that can’t be bought online! It combines its book offer with a range of high quality cards, stationery and gifts and a cafe selling coffee, teas and delicious home-made cakes.

Book & Kitchen

Book & Kitchen

31 All Saints Road, London, W11 1HE

 Tue-Sat 10am-6 pm, Sun 12pm-4pm


Book and Kitchen is a bookshop with a small cafe, art gallery and events space, hosting literary evenings, supper clubs, music nights and more. They opened their doors on All Saints Road in the spring of 2013, with the aim to combine the literary and culinary in a fresh and modern setting. Book and Kitchen is a neighbourhood bookshop integrated in the thriving local community, through the host of events and activities across all age groups and interests. Book and Kitchen isn’t just a retail space selling books.  It is also a social hub where people can flick through a second hand book over a coffee, enjoy a salad with a game of backgammon or get stuck into a random discussion with other visitors. They live by the motto Eat, Drink, Read, Talk.

Specially designed over two floors to have a welcoming environment in an informal setting – it feels more like an eclectic study than a shop. This is reflected in the books they stock (from fiction, non-fiction, philosophy through to cookery and children) which grows organically with the shop based on their interests and customer suggestions.

You can buy a piece of original art from one of the Book and Kitchen resident artists or choose from a great range of prints from artists such as Tor Freeman, Helen Hancocks, Caroline Binch, Sabrina Rowan-Hamilton and one off photography prints by Ben Buchanan and Alastair MacNaughton. There’s also a selection of decorative items – such as Melody Rose’s beautiful up-cycled ceramics and Peter Ibruegger mugs – which make great gift items.

ALEF Bookstore

ALEF Bookstore

219a Baker Street, London, NW1 6XE

 Mon-Fri 9.30am-7pm, Sat 10.30am-7pm, Sun 12noon-6pm


Alef Bookstores is the largest chain of bookshops in Egypt. With 32 branches and more opening in 2016. Baker Street is our first branch internationally and we're very proud to be setting up on a street with a wonderful literary heritage. We aim to bring you a carefully curated range of English Books, Gifts, Stationery and Arabic books. We specialise in books by Middle Eastern authors in English and have a large selection of books in Arabic.

The Falmouth Bookseller

The Falmouth Bookseller

21 Church Street, Falmouth, TR11 3EG

 Mon-Sun 9am-5.30pm; open until 9pm in summer


Falmouth Bookseller opened in March 1995 under the present owner Ron Johns.  The bookshop is located in the heart of Falmouth along the pretty cobbled main street leading close to the harbour front of Falmouth. The bookshop appeals to a wide range of customers, students from the ever-growing University of Falmouth, yachtsman moored up in Falmouth harbour and local families with young children keen to start reading. The bookshop specialises in many titles including those with a nautical theme, fiction classics, cookery, art and graphics. The shop takes great pride in their window displays and are constantly changed and updated to encourage more customers through the door, which is always kept open by the way!
 
Falmouth, and Cornwall, is a great place to have an independent bookshop.  All year visitors arrive by car, train or ocean. Visitors from all over the world visit the shop and all over the country customers enjoy Cornwall as a holiday destination.  Falmouth is also a busy, commercial working town with a good size population who really appreciate having an independent bookshop in their high street. The shop has a very loyal customer base, who make regular visits, buying books and enjoying events.

The Steyning Bookshop

The Steyning Bookshop

106 High Street, Steyning, BN44 3RD

 Mon-Sat 9.30am-5.30pm


The Steyning Bookshop opened in December 1984. The bookshop was once a crumbling 18th century High Street house in a picturesque downland town and then it got renovated into a family home and a bookshop.
 
At first glance it looks like a house, but when you explore further into the building you find that it’s packed with new books of all sorts, stationery and gifts and a big children’s section complete with a red wooden train which has served as shelving and seating for a generation of young children. It’s lovely to hear people coming into the shop with their toddlers and exclaiming with joy that the train is still there.
The Steyning Bookshop holds many author events and book groups on the premises which is very cosy and has a homely atmopshere, perfect for talking about books. For larger events, there are wonderful venues in the town including Springwells Hotel which has a great Breakfast Room and The Sussex Produce Company Café, a wonderful food store and restaurant, ideal for author suppers.
 
Steyning is a very beautiful location for the shop with South Downs just a few steps away and the coast nearby. Like many small towns that are village-like, there is a strong sense of community there and local people like to support their high street. There is never a dull moment in the town – a lively music society, a film society, a jazz club, choirs, a good library, book groups, a great museum and loads more.

City Books

City Books

23 Western Road, Hove, BN3 1AF

 Mon-Sat 9.30am-6pm; Sun 11am-4.30pm


City Books opened in May 1986 by Paul and Inge Sweetman. Independent bookshops, by their nature, provide a rich source of diversity on the high street. The books will have been carefully chosen, with an emphasis on quality and the unusual. Most independents will be able to obtain virtually any book in print, often with next day delivery. Good bookshops are rare. They can come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some specialise, which is a simpler and probably more profitable approach. A good general bookshop, though, will have knowledgeable and approachable staff; a range of books which has depth and breadth, and is tailored to suit the local population; and an atmosphere which is conducive to browsing.  Excellent customer service is essential. City Books hope that they fulfil these criteria. City Books is at the centre of what goes on in the literary life of Brighton & Hove and beyond and customers from all over the UK and abroad visit the shop to browse the bookshelves and take home that special book (or two, three, four ...).
  
"Running a bookshop on the border of Brighton and Hove is an enjoyable and challenging occupation. Our customers are intelligent, educated and they expect the best. The competition is strong and we need to be at our best in order to prosper. Bookselling is a vocation. City Books is open seven days a week; we work long hours, but this is the best job ever."

Chorleywood Bookshop

Chorleywood Bookshop

4 New Parade, Chorleywood, WD3 5NJ

 Mon-Sat 9.00am-5.00pm; Sun 10.00am-2.00pm


Chorleywood Bookshop opened its doors 41 years ago as a quaint village shop that sold titles both old and new. The current owners took the helm seven years ago and have transformed the shop into the hub of the community. It is so much more than a bookshop. Not only does it sell a huge range of beautiful gifts, toys, cards and wrapping paper it is the centre of village life. Chorleywood Bookshop runs several literary events for adults and children every week!
 
Bookshop owners Morag and Sheryl love their job. ‘It’s nice being an independent anything!’ says Morag.’ We get to choose wonderful books, meet fascinating authors and, because we organise so many local events like the French market and late night shopping, we also get to know all of our customers really well.  If we walk down the high street everyone knows us by name.’
 
The Chorleywood Bookshop also prides itself on good service; the staff recommend books, wrap gifts and always aim to get books that customers order delivered by the following day. Take that amazon!

Gnash Comics

Gnash Comics

9A West Street, Ashburton, TQ13 7DT

 Tue & Thu-Sat 10.30am-5pm


Gnash Comics and Graphic Novels opened in May 2012 in Ashburton, South Devon.  Located on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park, it's an unusual place to find an independent comic shop, but Gnash Comics is also not the usual run of comic shops. It specialises in the best of graphic novels and comics, and is for comic aficionados as well as the total newbie and for all those who just love the medium of graphic novels, and exploring new and different books.  Although small, Gnash Comics carries a wide scope of books and comics and it’s hard for customers not to find something exciting and different. 
 
Since opening they have hosted Free Comic Days, Build a Comic workshops, book signings and comic art exhibitions. The extremely popular Build a Comic children’s workshops were led by comic creators Jack Teagle and Donya Todd. The workshops have revealed lots of young local talent which Jack, who is based in Cornwall, is very keen to help develop and nurture. 

Gnash Comics is a comic book and graphic novel fan's paradise, so - what are you waiting for? Choose Gnash Comics for your next purchase!

Cogito Books

Cogito Books

5 St Mary's Chare, Hexham, NE46 1NQ

 Mon-Wed 9am-5.30pm; Thu 9am-7pm; Fri- Sat 9am-5.30pm


Cogito Books is a friendly and diverse independent bookshop at the heart of the historic market town of Hexham in Northumberland. Looking for knowledgeable booksellers? Check! With a wide range of books for all ages, next-day ordering services, wonderful non-book items such as cards, notebooks and classical CD’s (very niche!) and most importantly, great conversation about books, Cogito Books is the bookshop for you. Their very special Cogito Reading Treat is the perfect gift for any bibliophile – a book consultation at the bookshop; discussing books and reading tastes and all over tea and homemade biscuits – yes please! 

Urmston Bookshop

Urmston Bookshop

72 Flixton Road, Urmston, M41 5AB

 Tues-Sat 9am-5.30pm


Based in Manchester, Urmston Bookshop is at the heart of the Urmston community and has a lot to offer to booklovers. Firstly, books – the broad range of titles are displayed beautifully in the small yet spacious surroundings. With book clubs, classic film nights, fantastic author events and great resources to local schools and colleges, the bookshop is the perfect literary hub. Visit the bookshop and you’ll be greeted with warm and friendly faces, coffee and cake and of course a browse of the bookshelves. A must-visit!