BOOKSHOP OF THE MONTH | THE BOOKSHOP, KIBWORTH

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Nestled in the village of Kibworth in Leicestershire is our May Bookshop of the Month: The Bookshop, Kibworth. After leaving the music industry, owner Debbie James decided it was time to live her dream of opening a bookshop. It’s now nearly 10 years later and the shop is thriving – they’ve set up numerous book clubs, Kibworth’s own annual Book Festival and have won numerous awards, including Regional Independent Bookshop of the Year, James Patterson Awards and more.

With eye-catching, welcoming red window frames, oft-decked with a themed display, and stairs designed to look like books, it is immediately obvious that this is a place that is passionate about engaging readers of all ages.

The fiction room upstairs is cosy and inviting, with a lovely range of gift product also on display. The booksellers are friendly, enthusiastic and strong champions of children’s books in particular.

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We had the chance to ask Debbie and her team some questions:

1. Congratulations on being chosen as our May Bookshop of the Month! We’ve talked a bit about you and the shop but how would you describe The Bookshop Kibworth in three words?
Colourful, friendly, tempting

2. Where is your favourite spot in the store?
On the sofa upstairs in The Fiction Room, gazing at the spines

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3. Where do you like to read?
Absolutely anywhere! But most of all in my summerhouse in the garden

4. If you weren’t a bookseller what would you be?
An orchestral percussionist

5. Excluding The Bookshop Kibworth – what is your favourite bookshop?
So hard to choose – can I pick 3?! Wenlock Books in Shropshire, Persephone Books in London and Buchhandlung Klaus Bittner in Cologne

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BOOKSHOP OF THE MONTH | THE MAINSTREET TRADING COMPANY

Our December Bookshop of the Month 2017 is The Mainstreet Trading Company who have been celebrating ten years since they transformed a former auction house into a destination venue in the picturesque Scottish Border village of St Boswell’s (brown tourist sign included!).

Bookshop interior overhead 2016

We highly recommend that you visit and spend a few blissful hours here – there is something to tempt everyone. Mainstreet boasts a gorgeous home store and a wonderfully inviting deli, but at its heart is the beautiful bookshop and café. After admiring their magnificent window displays (check out their archive here), you will walk in and be greeted by the unmistakeable aroma of books and coffee, there’s nothing quite like it. You will see crisp white shelves, carefully curated tables and stunning displays that will entice you into browsing, and there is always a bookseller on hand should you need recommendations or help finding a title. Be sure to check out their specialist Children’s and Cookery areas.

Mainstreet is a bookshop that would be hard to leave empty handed, and why would you when you can choose your book (or several!), settle in to the café with a cuppa, crack the spine and begin. Go on, you know you want to…

We caught up with owner Rosamund de la Hay to ask her a few questions:

1. Congratulations on being chosen as our December Bookshop of the Month! We’ve talked a bit about you and the shop but how would you describe The Mainstreet Trading Company in three words?
Welcoming, enthusiastic, knowledgeable.

2. Where is your favourite spot in the store? 
The Book Burrows (or the new books till with our beautiful new wooden counter!)

3. Where do you like to read?
In the sun room at home or on a beach on the west coast of Scotland (ideally not in the rain)

4. If you weren’t a bookseller what would you be?
I’d almost certainly revert to being a publisher as in my past life.

5. Excluding The Mainstreet Trading Company – what is your favourite bookshop?
Tricky one, there are so many lovely ones!  Either The Golden Hare in Edinburgh or Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights in Bath.


The Mainstreet Trading Company can be found at:
Mainstreet
St Boswells
Scottish Borders
TD6 0AT

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