BOOKSHOP OF THE MONTH | THE KEW BOOKSHOP

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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

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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

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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

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Bookstore of the Month | Much Ado Books

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Let us introduce you to our Bookstore of the Month; Much Ado Books.

“We are Cate Olson and Nash Robbins – Americans who decided to sell books in a Medieval village tucked in the South Downs . . .”

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  1. Describe Much Ado Books in Three Words

Unexpected discoveries abound

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  1. Where is your favourite spot in your store?

Upstairs, in the comfy armchair of our Arts & Letters Room, surrounded by books.

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  1. Give us a brief history of Much Ado Books.

Twenty years selling vintage books in America and dreaming of living in Britain, which led to 13 years selling both new and old books in rural East Sussex

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  1. Has Much Ado got a store pet?

We have three bantam hens, named Little One, Bully Girl and Frizzle. They occupy their time eating plants, making trouble and showing off for customers.

  1. Do you have a favourite author? If yes, who is it?

Robertson Davies – his books are sparkling, funny and engaging as well as thought-provoking; he should have won the Nobel Prize for Literature!

  1. What is your favourite opening line from a book?

“I write this sitting in the kitchen sink.” Dodie Smith – I Capture the Castle.

  1. What was the last book you read?

Cate: Annie Barrows, The Truth According to Us

Nash: Joanna Kavenna – A Field Guide to Reality

Together (we read aloud every night): Elizabeth Leitch – The Saturday Club (an out-of-print classic given by a friend who loves childrens’ books)

  1. What is your favourite A&CB books?

Downstairs favourite: Andrea Beaty – Iggy Peck Architect

Upstairs favourite: Carlos Fuentes The Diary of Frida Kahlo

  1. What is your favourite book?

Discussions (arguments?) are on-going!

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You will find this award-winning independent bookshop in Alfriston, East Sussex.

Much Ado Books
8 West Street
Alfriston
East Sussex
BN26 5UX
UK

t: 01323 871222

e: shop@muchadobooks.com

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Bookstore Of The Week | Koenig Books Ltd

For our Bookstore of the Week are are taking you on a tour of Koenig Books Ltd, this is THE place for art, architecture and photography books and thoroughly deserving of the accolade Bookstore Of The Week.

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An inspiring, German-owned independent bookshop specialising in art, architecture and photography books Koenig Books is a European institution. In London they have three branches; the original London branch is based in the Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park, a small branch in the Whitechapel Gallery and, our favourite, the newest store on Charing Cross Road. The latter is done out stylishly in black and every book is given space to show off its beautiful facade; books are displayed with their covers rather than spines facing out.

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Koenig are known for their huge selection of interesting coffee table books, on topics like art, fashion and design. But they also stock a great collection of non-fiction titles on art theory and a good selection of rare magazines. It’s also a good place to find independent books by small publishers, handmade titles and zines.

It’s luxurious displays and wonderful selection of books cater to all price ranges and they always have a good selection of books at reduced prices in the basement. Plus, all of the London branches of Koenig have full access to the stock of mammoth arts bookshop Buchhandlung Walther Koenig in Cologne, so if you can’t find what you want they can order it in for you!

If you are interested in the arts this is a bookshop not to be missed, we always find ourselves delighted and mesmerised by their selection of books. Have you visited? Let us know what you thought!

Find them at:

80 Charing Cross Road
London
WC2H 0BB

11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Bookstore Of the Week | Clapham Books

From Clapham, with Love.

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This week we are taking a trip to the South London for our Bookstore of the Week.

Found alongside Clapham Common, Clapham Books is a gorgeous little independent bookshop offering a great hand-picked selection of fiction, children’s and art books. They also regularly host events, including author appearances and signings, and for little readers Picture books storytime!  

The store is light, airy and organised with great care. If you can’t find what you are looking for, or need some ideas, the friendly and knowledgeable staff are always on hand to help.

Recently featured in the Guardian’s Local Bookshop Guide as part of their Best New Children’s Books Summer 2015 supplement, it’s clear we are not the only ones who have fallen in love with this shop! You only need to check-out their reviews to discover their loyal and passionate customers.

“There are so many interesting books here…they have a wide selection of new and old titles. The staff is kind and knowledgeable. Highly recommend this bookshop!” Daniel Elliott
“If I’m in Clapham I always find myself drawn up the high-street to this shop. As soon as my feet come through the door, my bank balance knows it’s in trouble! It’s well laid out with clear sections, and it’s not overcrowded. I get the feeling that every book of the shelves has been chosen with care, the quality and standard of books on offer is really high. There’s a small graphic novel section but again, the ones on offer are great. There’s always a new discovery to be made and the display of beautiful cook-books is generally my downfall! They also sell lovely, quirky cards which are good to stock up on. #WeHeartHitchcock” Evelyn Adams
“I don’t know any other bookshop in the area with so extensive collection of books. You can find bestsellers, graphic novels or classic books – they just have everything. The staff is very helpful and extremely knowledgeable.” Riley Coles
“A wonderful little bookshop filled with hidden gems. I look in most times I walk past and almost always find something to tempt me.” Gerard Earley
“Thank you Clapham Books. Nice little independent shop with someone behind the counter who knows about the things they are selling” Luca Carraro

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Do you live further east? Don’t fret they have a smaller sister shop in leafy Herne Hill; Herne Hill Books.

Tel: 020 7627 2797

Email: shop@claphambooks.com

Address: 26 The Pavement, Clapham Common, SW4 0JA

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OPENING TIMES:

Monday to Friday         10am – 7pm

Saturdays                       10am – 6pm

Sundays & Bank Hols   12pm – 6pm

Bookstore of the Week | Bookseller Crow On The Hill

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Part book-shop, part intellectual social circle, part events space, and wholly innovative and creative: The Bookseller Crow on the Hill beats at the heart of Crystal Palace with its ‘lively and unpretentious’ bookshelves and book clubs. Established in 1997 and co-owned and managed by Jonathan Main and Justine Crow, its name is also derived from the haughtily intelligent birds which are plentiful in the area. The Bookseller Crow on the Hill stocks modern fiction, American literature, crime, and an impressive and colourful children’s section, and also offers local history, high-quality cookery books, and graphic novels; they have something for everyone, and appeal to a wide scope of interests without compromising on quality. The staff are knowledgeable, and welcome both questions and suggestions.

In keeping with their inclusive methods and desire to open people’s minds by getting them to open more books, they hold a popular monthly book club, where they choose the title, offer discounts on it all month, welcome anyone and everyone, and then eat, drink, and discuss. Their choices are varied so as to both include everyone and also challenge people to pick up titles they wouldn’t otherwise read, and they are always relevant and thought-provoking to inspire conversation.

Building on this idea, they offer membership to their Flight Club (whose first rule is read more books!). Each month they send members a book they think deserves to be read, with an explanation as to why and even a bookmark! Books often come signed by authors, and subscriptions are available for delivery to UK, Europe and Rest of the World addresses, with all postage included.

The bookshop also puts on events, where they host authors to read and discuss their latest novels. Owner Jonathan writes an acclaimed blog, and their taste in music is much appreciated by their cool clientele, who welcome the tunes that play while they browse. This is a place where signed-editions and snacks are on hand, and cutting-edge thought is combined with classics on the backlist. It has a small, community-oriented spirit with a widely open mind and a broad reach.

For more information on the store, bookclub, and events, visit their website, and follow them on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

50 Westow St.

Crystal Palace

London SE19 3AF

Opening Hours:

Mon-Fri- 10 am- 7 pm

Sat- 9:30 am- 6:30 pm

Sun + Bank Holidays- 11 am- 5 pm

020 8771 8831  jonathan@booksellercrow.co.uk

Bookstore of the Week – Rye Books

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This week we are venturing down to leafy South East London for our Bookstore of the Week.

Introducing Rye Books.

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Rye Books is a colourful little bookshop in East Dulwich owned by Alastair Kenward. The bookshop, open for 4 years this November, has a very strong sense of identity. From its bold stripes to its bewitchingly simple logo, Rye Books hold’s its own in a difficult market for small independent bookshops.

Kenward clearly listens to his customers, stocking a beautiful range of books encouraging reading in young children and literacy as well as a collection of books for adults. With cookery, popular culture, including the bestselling Wes Anderson Collection and The Grand Budapest Hotel, and tomes on travel the shop is a haven for kids and their adults.

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You can feel the passion Alastair Kenward has for putting the right book into the right hand the moment you enter the shop, they are always happy to give recommendations. Rye Books is a place we would visit whether we knew exactly what we wanted or not! You know the moment you go in you are going to leave with at the very least the book you went in for…

The store has a warm, welcoming feel, it is a place we could easily hide and spend an hour or two. Not in the least because they have cake.

They stock a gorgeous array of new books, but they also have a second-hand section where you can buy a book for as little as three pounds. Plus, they host regular events include children’s storytime for babies and children up to four years old and an interesting assortment of author events, from cookery demonstrations to author talks. But the crème de la crème of Rye Books, as if there could be more we hear you cry, they host film nights in association with Free Film Festivals!

Rye Books is a perfect little local bookshop. We highly recommend a visit, plus, show them some love on Facebook and Twitter.

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Find them at:

Rye Books
45 Upland Road
London
SE22 9EF
Rye Books also has a bookstall every Saturday at the North Cross Road market.

#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/

Bookstore of the Week – Stanfords, Covent Garden

“Welcome to Stanfords – the biggest map and travel bookshop on earth”

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Stanfords are the UK’s leading specialist retailer of maps, travel books and travel accessories. For 160 years they have been providing explorers everything they need for their next adventure.

The Stanfords story begins in 1827 with the birth of Edward Stanford.  Inspired by the dramatic changing world he grew-up in Stanford joined the map and charts business of Mr Trelawney Saunders. Stanford was made partner in 1852 and a year later took control of the business himself. 

161 years later Stanfords is still a thriving map retailer and travel specialist. Their Covent Garden store is visited every year by thousands of travellers from every corner of the globe, all seeking inspiration for their next adventure.

As the World’s largest map retailer they stock  some very specialist items from as far away as Mexico and Russia. If there is a map or travel book you want, Stanfords is the place to go. In their own words; “We pride ourselves on being able to source even the most unlikely of items so please do ask us if you can’t find what you need on our website or instore.”

Their 50 strong, amazingly international team are a passionate bunch and more than willing to advise and pass on their own travel experience. Pop-in and swap some stories!

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Their selves are full of gift inspiration (for others and yourself!). We even spotted Chronicle’s Make Map Art among their Top Ten Gifts for Kids. But Stanfords are more than just great products, they have an impressive events schedule giving you the chance to meet some of the world’s most famous writers and photographers.  You can also find yourself in a travel lecture or meeting your travelling hero at a book signing.

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They also have a great loyalty scheme – rewards for indulging your passion, what could be better?

The famous map floors in the London store were originally produced by Marley Tiles. The ground floor is covered with the National Geographic map of the world, the first floor is a map of the Himalayas and the basement is a giant A-Z map of central London. These floors are the last pieces of work Marley’s titles ever completed! There is nothing more adventure inspiring than standing a giant map! Plus you can plan your great expedition in the superb in-store café. With a reputation for great coffee and relaxed interiors, Sacred Café is the perfect spot to indulge your dreams.

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So where are you going next?

Find them at: 

12-14 Long Acre,
Covent Garden,
London, WC2E 9LP.
Tel: 020 7836 1321
Fax: 0207759 7140
Email: sales@stanfords.co.uk

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