BOOKSHOP OF THE MONTH | THE KEW BOOKSHOP

The Kew Bookshop

This month’s Bookshop of the Month is the gorgeous The Kew Bookshop. The shop’s outward façade stands out beautifully on the leafy and photogenic Station Approach behind Kew Gardens Station, just a 5-minute walk from the Royal Botanic Gardens. It’s not a big shop but inside it is bright and inviting, drawing you in to the nooks and crannies to get a better look. The booksellers are friendly and knowledgeable, and the books are carefully chosen with the customer in mind. Like all good independent bookshop’s, The Kew Bookshop is a hub within the community with an excellent relationship with local schools, championing children’s books and reading, whilst also hosting author events and book launches. Next time you’re in the area make sure you take some time out to browse and discover your next great read!

We caught up with owner, Adam Hewson, who also owns The Sheen Bookshop, to ask him a few questions:

1. Congratulations on being chosen as our November Bookshop of the Month! We’ve talked a bit about you and the shop but how would you describe The Kew Bookshop in three words?
Welcoming, customer-focused, knowledgeable

2. Where is your favourite spot in the store?
In front of the history section- in a tiny shop like ours, it is the perfect vantage point to see the customers for chats and recommendations and there are fab books behind you!

3. Where do you like to read?  
Ah, the famous question answered so wonderfully by Italo Calvino in ‘If on a Winter’s Night, A Traveller’. Any opportunity really, but with a gin in the garden is quite un-improvable.

4. If you weren’t a bookseller what would you be? 
Had I done the training, perhaps archaeology (although I’m certain I would be wishing I was a bookseller.)

5. Excluding The Kew Bookshop – What is your favourite bookshop?
Obviously, The Sheen Bookshop, as that is my other shop, but were I to choose another, I would opt for John Sandoe Books in Chelsea, an emporium of books indeed!

The Kew Bookshop can be found at:
1-2 Station Approach
Richmond
TW9 3QB

Follow them on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook!

BOOKSHOP OF THE MONTH | THE NEW BOOKSHOP

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Our October Bookshop of the Month is The New Bookshop located in the lovely town of Cockermouth, Cumbria. The pale blue shelving, feature tables and stunning passage ways with walls of books are beautiful and enticing, asking you to spend some time here. The children’s book area, at the back of the store, is like a den of wonders inviting people of all ages to dive in to the plethora of wonderful titles to be found there. The shop feels spacious yet cosy and is a relaxed place to find your next read. If trying to decide which book(s) you should leave with is proving a little tricky, you can take a break in the gorgeous café spanning 2 floors and grab yourself a cup of tea with a freshly baked cake. What more could you want?

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We caught up with owner Catherine Hetherington and asked her a few questions:

1. Congratulations on being chosen as our October Bookshop of the Month! We’ve talked a bit about you and the shop, but how would you describe The New Bookshop in three words?
Friendly, knowledgeable, community-hub

2. Where is your favourite spot in the store?
The front door as you enter the shop

3. Where do you like to read?
In bed

4. If you weren’t a bookseller what would you be?
Doing something arty/crafty

5. Excluding The New Bookshop – What is your favourite bookshop?
Salts Mill, Yorkshire

The New Bookshop can be found at:
42 – 44 Main Street
Cockermouth
CA13 9LQ

Follow them on Twitter and Facebook!

 

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BOOKSHOP OF THE MONTH | NOMAD BOOKS

Just a short walk away from Parsons Green you can find the lovely Nomad Books – our September Bookshop of the Month. As you enter the store you will walk into a grown up, warm and inviting space with dark wooden shelves and tables of carefully selected titles asking you to spend some time with them, taking in the beautiful covers and examining the blurbs. This space feels like a literary lounge and it’s just right. As you work your way through the shop there is a corridor full of cards, gifts and stationery leading to the expansive children’s area at the back. In delightful contrast to the front of the store this space is brighter with a large, welcoming sofa – perfect for reading together – and a small table and chairs nestled in the corner for the inquisitive toddler to dive into their favourite book. We especially like the display table dedicated to an array of gorgeous hardback picture books that are wonderful gifts in and of themselves.

 

Nomad Books is a bookshop that you will want to spend time in, browsing the shelves and chatting to the wonderful bookselling team who are so passionate about what they do. We caught up with the store manager Aude, who, alongside Emma (Fiction and Book Club) and Tara (Children’s Books and Admin), answered a few questions for us:

1. Congratulations on winning Bookshop of the Month! We’ve talked a bit about you and the shop but how would you describe Nomad Books in three words?
We. Love. Books. It’s the best way to describe Nomad!

2. Where is your favourite spot in the store?
The big and amazing children’s section is the best spot in the bookshop (provided there are not too many children in there

3. Where do you like to read?
In the bath (Emma), in bed (Tara) and I love to read on the Tube. Preferably hardbacks!

4. If you weren’t a bookseller what would you be?
Emma would be a luxury hotels tester, Tara a beekeeper and I would be one of Beyoncé’s dancers

5. Excluding Nomad Books – What is your favourite bookshop?
Gosh! Comics in Soho. One of the nicest places on Earth!

Nomad Books can be found at:
781 Fulham Rd, Fulham
London, SW6 5HA

Follow them on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook!

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#BookstoreoftheWeek – The Book Nook

Let us introduce you to The Book Nook; Brighton and Hove’s award winning independent children’s bookshop complete with a café and a pirate ship! Named Children’s Bookseller of the Year 2015 this little shop is everything you want in an independent children’s bookshop.

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The Book Nook offers a wonderful range of books for children of all ages. From first words to uncovering the seven wonders of the world to poetry and the latest young adult sensation, the Book Nook is full of books that will excite and inspire children everywhere (including the big kid inside!). Their knowledgeable staff are on hand for recommendations and words of advice and their passion for promoting books and reading feeds directly into the store’s frequent special events.

They host authors and illustrators, book and character days, poetry and book review competitions and daily story times at 4pm Monday – Friday! You can find a full-list of events on their website.

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Their child-friendly, stimulating environment also caters for the adult in tow. The Book Nook has excellent facilities with a café where parents can relax over coffee and homemade cakes whilst their children play safely in the incredible wooden pirate ship and enjoy their latest book.

The Book Nook are so much more than just(!) a fantastic bookshop they are part of the Brighton & Hove community. They work closely with local schools and nurseries and this engagement with the community shines through in their knowledge and popularity. We can see why they won Children’s Bookseller of the Yearfor the second time no less, their love affair with the written word and drive to get kids reading is an inspiration to the publishing industry. For this Book Nook, we are giving you another award this week, you are our #Bookstoreoftheweek.

Visit them at:

1 St Johns Place
First Avenue
Hove, East Sussex BN3 2FJ

Opening Times:
Mon – Fri: 9:00 – 17:30
Sat: 9:30 – 17:30

Find them on Facebook, Twitter and online at www.booknookuk.com/

#BookstoreoftheWeek – Page 45, Nottingham

In 1994, two guys working in the basement of a Virgin Megastore realised they could to it better and Page 45 was born!

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The Page 45 plan is simple: Stock a wide range of excellent comics and graphic novels, find people who love them (and people who don’t know they love them yet) and bring the two together with insight, knowledge and passion in a friendly, welcoming place! Stephen, Dominique, Jonathan and Jodie know all there is to know about comics and will have something for your taste. Their stock is vast and varied but you will only find the good stuff here, they guarantee it and are happy to help you with honest recommendations and reviews. In their own words, “there can be no talk of Page 45 without talk of Mark”, the co-creator of Page 45, Mark Simpson passed away in 2005 leaving an incredible legacy in the comic shop that was his pride and joy. Loved by creators and customers alike, Page 45 have endeavoured to continue his mission to inspire and promote excellent comics and find that ‘something new’. Page 45 also works with school libraries to promote literacy in and outside the classroom by introducing diverse and quality graphic novels to school curriculum through the School Libraries Association.

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It’s worth a visit for the great comics, great staff and great window displays but, if you can’t make it to Nottingham, you can order from Page 45 online with worldwide shipping or as a digital comic. They also have really helpful pre-order and preview pages where you can see what’s coming up and how to make sure you get a copy. And they’ll even give you a little bit of that friendly in-store attitude with their online recommendation form.

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In a city filled with brilliant independent shops, Page 45 fits right in as “a total treasure“, and they’ve got the silverware to back it up: in 2012 Page 45 was voted Best Independent Retailer in Nottingham, in 2013, the Best Independent Business in Nottingham, and in 2004 Page 45 won the only ever Diamond Comics Award for Best Retailer In The UK!

And we’re not Page 45’s only fans, in the words of Neil Gaiman:

“I’ve long thought that Page 45 is the best graphic novel shop I’ve ever been to…”

See for yourself!
9 Market Street, Nottingham, NG1 6HY
0115 9508045
Monday – Saturday: 9am – 6pm
Sunday: 9am – 4pm

Bookstore of the Week – Wimbledon Books

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There is more than just tennis in Wimbledon!

Well known for its strawberries and cream, Pimms and tennis this plucky little suburb of London is home to the little gem; Wimbledon Books and Music. An established independent bookseller they carry a colourful range of adult and children’s titles. They stock everything from classics to latest releases.

They also have an exciting collection of gift and stationery including cards, wrapping paper and notebooks. Their stationery comes in all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Moleskine and the V&A to Where’s Wally and Horrid Henry. Plus they carry soft toys, now you can pick-up a copy of Paddington Bear and a soft reading companion at the same time!

With friendly staff and a soothing atmosphere you will go in wanting a book and never want to leave.

Find them on Facebook, Twitter and at www.wimbledonbooksandmusic.co.uk/
Contact them

at  info@wimbledonbooksandmusic.co.uk & 020 8879 3101

Visit them at:

40 High Street,
Wimbledon,
London
SW19 5AU

Bookstore of the Week – Rocket Science, Brighton

We are taking a trip down to the seaside for our Bookstore Of the Week.
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Come with us to a shop filled with whimsy, colour and a wonderful collection of books and toys (we promise we aren’t biased by the number of our books we spotted!). Let us introduce you to Rocket Science.

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You will find this fabulous toy shop on Trafalgar Street, Brighton. As creative as the city it resides, Rocket Science stocks all kinds of inspirational books, games and toys. It is an Aladdin’s cave for inquisitive young minds! With all manner of creative workshops for kids you will always find something new when you step through their door.

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Run by husband and wife team; Sonia and Sanjar, and their two young sons, Rocket Science has been a fixture of Brighton’s North Lanes for the past 3 years. Lovers of books, craft, arts, science and enjoying life Sonia and Sanjar set out to create a mecca for like-minded people to buy presents for their little or not so little loved ones!

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With an amazing collection of books, stationery, craft sets, colouring books for children and adults and wooden toys you can get lost in this little shop for hours, making it the perfect rest-bite from a day out with a buggy! So whether you are 9 months or 90 years next time you visit the seaside stop in and say hello.

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Rocket Science we think you are wonderful and we hope you keep spreading the joy of a creative and colourful life for a long, long time!

Visit them at: 100 Trafalgar Street, Brighton BN1 4ER

Hours: Open today · 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Stay in touch, follow them on Facebook. Phone: 01273 757718.

 

Bookstore of the Week – Salts Mill Gallery & Bookshop

Happy New Year ladies and Gentlemen!

We would like to introduce you to our first Bookstore of the Week of 2015…

*Drum roll Please* 

Salts Mill Gallery & Bookshop in West Yorkshire.

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Salts Mill Gallery & Bookshop is set in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Saltaire, in a Grade II Listed historic mill building built in 1853 by Sir Titus Salt. Home to four galleries (the Mill is home to a permanent exhibition on David Hockney’s work), a selection of places to eat and drink, and spaces to rent Salts Mill creates a hive of culture truly underpinned by history.

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The main bookshop is upstairs and has an eclectic mix of books on all subjects. Housed in a beautiful and spacious stone hall, it retains clear traces of its industrial past; the stone floor, cast iron columns, metal pulley and huge windows.

Little history trivia for you, the quality of light was important to the cloth-manufacturing processes in the mill.

Occupying half of one of the huge galleries on the second floor of the West Mill, the bookstore has the luxury of displaying a significant number of titles on tables rather than shelves. Exposing the eye to a rainbow of covers and encouraging even the most prudent to pick-up a book (or two).

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It can be quite a busy place, especially at weekends, so there is a satisfying buzz about it, but it’s also a space made for quiet browsing. The shop is enhanced by all the artwork on the walls; many are Hockney prints but some are the work of other artists.

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Salts Mill Bookshop is the kind of shop you could linger in all day, the placement of everything is designed so that book covers and spines sit in intriguing harmony. We couldn’t recommend visiting more highly, but we do suggest taking someone with you, party to share the love, partly to make sure you don’t buy one of everything…

Follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

Planning a Visit?

Salts Mill,
Shipley,
Saltaire,
West Yorkshire
BD18 3LA,
UK

Tel: 01274 531163 (General Enquiries, Galleries, Cafe in to the Opera, Salts Diner)

Fax: 01274 531184


Email : post@saltsmill.org.uk

Find out more at http://www.saltsmill.org.uk/

#BookstoreoftheWeek – X Marks the Bökship

Our #BookstoreoftheWeek is, in their own words, ‘like a bookshop, but not’, it’s X Marks the Bökship!

X Marks the Bökship is a bookshop and project space for independent publishers in London. Born and raised sharing a space with Donlon Books, X Marks the Bökship grew up and moved to Cambridge Heath Road from 2008 – 2014 before finding it’s current home at Matt’s Gallery in Mile End.

They specialise in works by indie publishers,works and projects by artists and designers, journals and discourse. They promote contemporary publishing activity through book launches, events and production resources that bring together individual practitioners to create a local publishing community. A treasure trove for the rare, the beautiful and the ‘I don’t know how I ever lived without this book’ book. All of which you can buy on their online shop.

The bookshop host I’VE NEVER READ HER, an amazing bookshop focusing on short fiction & essays by women, every second Wednesday of the month. Everybody welcome, just bring a bottle (or not) and your thoughts. This incredible club also host screenings and events around the texts that they read.

Interesting alternative bookshop, with a lot on offer. Give them a visit!

X Marks the Bökship

^ Matt’s Gallery

42 – 44 Copperfield Road
Mile End
London E3 4RR

https://twitter.com/MattsGallery

https://twitter.com/Bokship

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers…

It is that time again…

It’s time for Bookstore of the Week! 

This week we are celebrating a little North London gem; Picked Pepper Books.

A specialist children’s bookshop,cafe and events space in the the village like Crouch End, they host daily pre-school events and after school groups; like their Young Illustrators and creative writing groups.They also have a a fantastic book group!

This little store is the place to be for little readers this half-term they even have a Halloween special Once Upon a Story Time! *Spooky*

We think that Pickled Pepper Books deserves a huge round of applause for the work they do to encourage and create young-readers. They go above and beyond the scope of such a little space. So for being small but mighty Picked Pepper we are giving you a massive HIGH FIVE!

SO grab your grown-up and take a stroll to discover storytelling, make and do, film screenings, author/illustrator events (psst…Mum & Dad they also do great recommendations…)

But if you can’t make it there be sure to sign-up to their newsletter and follow them on twitter! They can also be found on Facebook.

Find them at 10 Middle Lane, Crouch End, London, N8 8PL

http://pickledpepperbooks.co.uk/