This month we head to Warwickshire for our bookshop of the month. Located in the central Market Place, Warwick Books is the town's only independent bookshop - and what a delight it is! With many exciting events - held in the bookshop and around the town - this is a terrific local bookshop that reflects all that Warwick has to offer. Owners Mog and Pauline took over the shop in April 2015 and it has been nurtured by their enthusiasm and extensive knowledge. Definitely one for your bookshop bucket-list this summer!
Interview with Pauline & Mog at Warwick Books
What’s your favourite aspect of working with books?
We love sharing our passion for books and authors with our local community. Making recommendations to customers and passing on reviews and suggestions from others is an absolute pleasure. It is so rewarding to sell books to children who have saved their pocket money to buy a particular title or to hear how much a regular customer enjoyed something your recommended. Owning a bookshop gives you an excuse to have your nose stuck in a book at all times!
What are the perks of being located in Warwick’s historic Market Place?
Warwick is a beautiful town and here on the Market Place we are at the centre of the various community activities, from the Saturday market to the Festivals and Victorian evening which we love to take part in. We have a great footfall and welcome lots of tourists and give them tips about the town. And being a double fronted shop on the square means we have the sun streaming in summer and a beautiful view of the lights at Christmas!
You host a series of events – both in the bookshop and across Warwick. What’s coming up this summer?
We have a full an exciting programme this summer and are looking forward to hosting events in the shop following our refit (supported by James Paterson Grants) and with our partners around the town. We have some exciting authors including Vaseem Khan and Paul Richards and we are launching a ‘local author’ event which we hope will be a great success. It will give us the opportunity to showcase four local authors – Kit De Waal, Dan Vyleta, Susan Fletcher and Toby Vintcent – alongside some other Warwickshire businesses.
What would you say is the ‘book of the moment’?
There are a number of titles that have been popular over the past few months but the most unexpected of these has to be How it works: The Dad which is a new phenomenon!
… and the top three books on your summer reading list?
- The Muse by Jessie Burton
- Where are the Boys? by Professor Alan Reed & Andrew Hamilton
- Harry Potter & The Cursed Child, by J.K. Rowling