Independents, we salute you!

We'd like to celebrate some more of the wonderful bookshops we've featured as our Bookshop of the Month over the past couple of years. Read on to find out about the amazing work these fabulous independents are doing to support their local communities during lockdown.

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Atkinson-Pryce Bookshop, Biggar

Located in the small town of Biggar, between Glasgow and Edinburgh, Atkinson-Pryce has been shortlisted for the Independent Bookshop of the Year twice. The shop is currently offering virtual browsing and taking orders by email.

Book Case, Hebden Bridge

Located in the beautiful Calder Valley, The Book Case is the perfect local bookshop, and a wonderful stop-off for visitors and hikers. The shop is open for online orders.

Canterbury Christchurch University Bookshop, Canterbury

This academic bookshop started life in a student union cupboard four decades ago, but has since grown into an impressive and well-loved campus bookseller. We’re pleased to report that the team is now able to provide a remote book ordering service to students and staff. Orders can be placed via the website for delivery direct to a home address.

Church House Bookshop, London

Church House Bookshop in Westminster is the Church of England’s official bookshop. They’re currently offering free UK delivery on online orders.

Far From the Madding Crowd, Linlithgow

This award-winning bookshop has gone from strength to strength in recent years, with its varied events schedule and much-loved festivals. Open for contactless home deliveries and postage to anywhere in the UK. Customers can check out availability in real time on the website.

Forum Books, Corbridge

Forum is a much loved local bookshop, nestled in the village of Corbridge, Northumberland. Determined to continue their vibrant events programme during the pandemic, Forum Books has teamed up with 3 of the UK’s best Independent Bookshops – Linghams, Bookish & Booka Bookshop – to work together on an exciting series of ‘At Home with…’ author events! See the website for details.

Heywood Hill Bookshop, London

Heywood Hill in Mayfair has been selling old, new and antiquarian books with titles focused on literature, history, biography and travel since 1936 – a tradition that carries on to this day. The subscription, rare and library services are operating currently.

Housmans Bookshop, London

Founded following the end of World War II, Housmans’ mission is to promote ideas of peace. The bookshop has temporarily suspended its online shop in solidarity with warehouse and delivery workers but you can still support them by creating a wish-list on their website. The team will let customers know when these online orders can be fulfilled.

Hyndland Bookshop, Glasgow

Set up by two former librarians, the Hyndland Bookshop is situated in an attractive part of Glasgow’s West End and has been an integral part of the high street for over 20 years. Orders can be placed via email and telephone. Details on twitter.

Libreria Bookshop, London

Libreria in Shorditch features a curated selection of contemporary titles in an architect-designed space. Postal orders  are currently being taken.

London Review Bookshop, London

The London Review Bookshop lies just around the corner from the Yale office and, in normal times, is a regular haunt for staff and authors alike. Not least, we suspect, because of the excellent cafe attached to the shop. Customers can order via the London Review Book Box website where the team has put together a selection of some of their favourite books – new and old.

The Portobello Bookshop, Portobello

This fabulous independent bookshop based in the seaside community of Portobello, just outside Edinburgh opened in July 2019. Orders for home delivery are taken via their online shop.

Word Bookshop, London

The Word is an independently run bookshop, catering for the students and staff of Goldsmiths College and the local neighbourhood. The bookshop is currently closed to customers but is still selling books, and delivering (free!) locally.

Yellow-Lighted Bookshop, Tetbury and Nailsworth

With two branches – one in Tetbury and one in Nailsworth – the Yellow-Lighted bookshops delight with their array of books across a wide range of subjects. During lockdown their aim is to replicate the ‘Yellow-Lighted’ buying experience through the newly launched website.