Celebrating Independent Bookshops
This month we've been looking back at some of the wonderful bookshops we've featured as our Bookshop of the Month over the past couple of years. We'd like to celebrate them again as they continue to deliver books and support their local communities at this most difficult of times.
Read on to find out more about the innovative ways in which this selection of fabulous independents are reaching their customers...
The Aldeburgh Bookshop, Aldeburgh
Established in 1949, with Benjamin Britten being one of the shop’s first customers, the Aldeburgh Bookshop celebrated its 70th anniversary last year. The bookshop is currently taking orders by email and a home delivery service is available.
Topping & Company Booksellers of Bath, Edinburgh, Ely and St Andrews
Those who walk through the striking blue doors of a Topping & Company Booksellers (be it in Bath, Edinburgh, Ely or St Andrews) often get a chance to engage directly with the author through one of their many lively events. Sadly, these have been postponed for now. However, their online shop is still open for business, with free UK delivery for orders over £50 and just £2 otherwise.
Set within the county of Cumbria, Bookends of Carlisle is an independent bookshop with about 20,000 new titles across all subjects. Orders can be placed via email or their telephone order line.
The Suffolk Anthology, Cheltenham
The Suffolk Anthology is a charming bookshop based in the beautiful Suffolks area of Cheltenham, a city with a thriving literary community and a strong poetry scene. The bookshop is taking orders and offering recommendations by email.
New Bookshop, Cockermouth
Situated in Cumbria, on the edge of the Lake District, the New Bookshop delights with its array of books on a wide range of subjects. As well as offering book recommendations, the bookshop is able to deliver books and cards locally or send them by post to customers further afield.
Golden Hare Books, Edinburgh
Voted Independent Bookshop of the Year for the whole of the UK and Ireland at the British Book Awards 2019, the Golden Hare bookshop truly delights with the wide range of books in stock. The bookshop has an online shop where customers can browse to find their ‘Golden Hare literary fix’.
Lighthouse Bookshop, Edinburgh
This long standing radical bookshop currently offers a ‘Lucky Dip’, where the bookshop chooses a book from a variety of subject areas for customers and delivers it in Edinburgh by bicycle.
Bell Bookshop, Henley-on-Thames
Located in the attractive market town of Henley-on-Thames, this bookshop stocks over 20,000 titles across a wide range of subjects. Orders can be placed by phone or email.
Cogito Books, Hexham
Cogito Books is an independent bookshop with a unique and carefully curated collection of titles, beautifully presented in a welcoming and relaxed environment. Orders can be placed by email or by phone.
The Kew Bookshop, Kew
Located just outside Kew Gardens Station, this bookshop packs a wealth of titles for both children and adults into their enticing premises and (in happier times) is a local hub for author events and book clubs. The bookshop currently accepts orders from all over the UK and offers free postage.
News from Nowhere, Liverpool
This radical bookshop is run by a charismatic and non-hierarchical women’s collective who have provided employment, training and experience for women, in bookselling and running a business since the early 80’s. Orders can be placed online.
Brick Lane Books, London
Located on East London’s most famous street, the Brick Lane Bookshop has been trading for over thirty years. The shop has a particularly large stock and offers a wide and varied selection of titles. Orders can be placed via their online shop.
Newham Bookshop, London
Since 1978, Newham Bookshop has been serving the community in East London and providing a fabulous selection of educational and children’s books, along with those on history, politics, and social studies. Orders are taken via email or phone for titles currently in stock.
Pages of Hackney, London
Located in East London, the iconic blue bookshop now has a ‘Lockdown Shop’ where books in stock can be purchased and sent to individual customers by post.
Primrose Hill Books, London
Known to be visited by celebrities, the iconic Primrose Hill bookshop is just two minutes walk from the wide open space of Primrose Hill. The bookshop is taking email and telephone orders for local delivery. Books can also be sent by post.
West End Lane Books, London
This small but long established independent bookshop in north London was well placed to tackle bookselling in Lockdown, having invested much time, energy and enthusiasm into their social media presence and a trademark personal relationship with customers over the years. Orders can be placed by email.
The White Horse Bookshop, Marlborough
The award-winning White Horse Bookshop can be found in the historic market town of Marlborough. The bookshop is currently taking orders through their website, with free postage for those over £20.
Penrallt Gallery Bookshop, Machynlleth
Located in Machynlleth, the Penrallt Gallery Bookshop stocks a carefully selected range of great books to inform and inspire you in both Welsh and English. They are busy taking orders for local or postal delivery.
The Little Ripon Bookshop, Ripon
This charming, family-run bookshop in North Yorkshire delights with its impressive array of events, varied stock and competition-winning window displays. Orders can be placed by email.
October Books, Southampton
This friendly, not-for-profit, co-operative bookshop was recently shortlisted for Independent Bookshop of the Year. It’s currently offering local deliveries (zero emissions obviously), gift wrapped care packages and online events.
The Borzoi Bookshop, Stow-on-the-Wold
The Borzoi Bookshop has been firmly established in the Cotswold market town of Stow-on-the-Wold since the late 1970s. Orders are currently being accepted by phone, email or website form and delivered free of charge within a 10-mile radius of Stow. The bookshop is also offering free postage for up to three paperbacks.
Warwick Books, Warwick
Located in the central Market Place, Warwick Books is the town’s only independent bookshop. The owners are curating ‘Mystery Book Bundles’ from shop stock, available to be purchased by local customers – or sent to friends and family.