Five Favourites For Independent Bookshop Week

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Independent Bookshop Week runs between June 20-27, 2020.

The campaign celebrates the wonderful little bookshops you can find in towns and cities all over the UK.

These independent retailers need to be in our thoughts now more than ever.

So we’ve decided to revisit this great list of five bookshops with a difference, which Dianne Boardman first wrote for us in Special 128.

We’d encourage you to schedule a visit whenever it is next safe to do so!

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Barter Books, Alnwick

Set in a beautifully restored Victorian station building, this second-hand bookshop features a model railway acting as a link between book columns!

Visitors can also enjoy open fires and lines of poetry above the shelves.

The shop is notable for its use of a barter system. You can exchange your own books for credit!
01665 604888

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Photograph by Dianne Boardman.

Reading Matters, Chapel-en-le-Frith

Owners Sue and Lyndsay were inspired to set up the shop after they both read the same May Sarton novel about a bookshop becoming a community hub.

They run numerous clubs, and organise regular author gatherings around hotpot suppers.

Sounds tasty!
01298 938166



Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights, Bath

This old Georgian building boasts lots of quirky features, like a clawfoot bath full of books, a wall papered with a Tintin comic and even toilets papered with book reviews.

Set right in the heart of beautiful Bath, it’s a joy to visit!
01225 331155

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Photograph by Dianne Boardman.

Scrivener’s Books and Bookbinding, Buxton

A truly old-fashioned second-hand bookshop, crammed with books from cellar to attic.

This five-storey, creaky Victorian building is part-museum, with an old kitchen range and stone sink and even its own resident ghost with a story to tell . . .

How can you resist?
01298 73100



Booka Bookshop and Café, Oswestry

Winner of the Bookseller Industry Awards in 2015, Booka hosts numerous author talks and events.

It also has a popular Book & A Beer Book Club, where members retire to the local pub.
01691 662244

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Iain McDonald

Iain is Digital Content Editor at the "Friend", making him responsible for managing flow of interesting and entertaining content on the magazine's website and social media channels.