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 | Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights

Bookstore of the Month

Step inside Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights…

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  1. Describe Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights in three words.

Eclectic, welcoming and opinionated.

  1. Where is your favourite spot in the store?

Definitely the bibliotherapy room, there is nothing better than sitting in there with the fire on, cuppa and cake by your side while you chat away with an equally passionate bookworm.

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  1. Give us a brief history of Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights.

Mr B’s opened its doors 10 years ago after the owners, Nic and Juliette, decided to leave careers in law and set up a business that was based around something the loved. With a passion for getting the greatest books out there into the right hands the shop soon got a reputation for being a great place to find a recommendation, which led to the creation of our Reading Spas – one on one recommendation sessions over tea and cake with your very own bibliotherapist. The shop constantly keeps evolving, with the recent addition of our Reading Bundles – mystery sets of books on themes such as “Books on the Bayou” or “Strange Vacations” each of which come with their own specially designed ‘Armchair Expert’ cloth badge!

  1. Do you have a store pet?

We do indeed, meet Vlashka, the pooch who decided Prague was no longer for her and wanted to make sure people were choosing great fiction overseas instead.

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

The answer to this would differ greatly depending on who you speak to, and what day you spoke to them, in the shop, but as I am the one answering these questions and I will go with Alan Bennett. He never fails to make me laugh with his wry observations and I think his books are so readable; they come across as being deceptively simple, when they are anything but.

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

I think it is hard to beat “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen”

  1. What was the last book you read?

I have just finished the amazing ‘Here I Am’ by Jonathan Safran Foer; I am a huge fan of his writing and am very excited that we had him do an event with Mr B’s on October 10th. I had to try very hard not to fangirl!

  1. What is your favourite A&CB books?

We are incredibly excited for a new title actually, ‘The Chef’s Library’, so intriguing to see what books those in the know use! But in terms of all-time favourites it has to be either the Iggy Peck, Rosie Revere and, now, Ada Twist sequence of children’s books – particularly as David Roberts once drew us the cover for our Christmas Catalogue depicting Iggy and Rosie making us a very technical Christmas tree. Or, the Compendium of Collective Nouns which we love so much we wallpapered our bathroom in it!

  1. What is your favourite book?

To me this is kind of like choosing a favourite child! But I am going to say ‘Alone in Berlin’ by Hans Fallada because the story is so incredibly inspiring and moving.

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You will find Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights at:

14/15 John Street, Bath, BA1  2JL

Telephone: +44 (0)1225 331155

Email: books@mrbsemporium.com

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Bookstore Of The Month | Ottie and the Bea

Bookstore of the Month

This October our Bookstore of the Month is the newly refurbished Ottie and the Bea! We couldn’t love this little gem of a children’s bookstore more, read on and discover its wonders yourself.

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  1. Describe Ottie and the Bea in Three Words

    Purveyors of playfulness and creativity

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Playfulness, Creativity and Fun

  1. Where is your favourite spot in your store?

In the book corner sitting on the window box with my Donna Wilson Bla Bla blanket.

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  1. Give us a brief history of Ottie and the Bea.

Ottie and the Bea opened 6 years ago. I’d worked as an actress previously and wanted to run my own business. I thought about what was important to me and what I loved. I new then that I had to open a children’s shop. Play is essential for our well being and is the best way to learn. Fundamental to being a human being is communication and sharing stories that feed our imagination. I spent a year researching products and then felt ready to open. Now we are 6. We run book clubs and have fun being an important part of our community. Now I know anything is possible.

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  1. Has Ottie and the Bea got a store pet?

Nettie- she is a 14 1/2 year old French Basset who is banned from the shop at the moment because she has a habit of stealing our packed lunches and has an extraordinary ability to clear the office!

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

    At the moment I am loving Brian Selznick’s books. They are beautiful books/ art forms and The Marvels takes you on an incredible journey

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

‘I write this sitting in the kitchen sink’ first line from I Capture The Castle…- just makes me smile

  1. What was the last book you read?

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  1. What is your favourite A&CB books?

I really love Bear Song – the illustrations from Benjamin Chaud are incredible and the story itself has such a lovely message – ‘..adventure is best enjoyed together’

  1. What is your favourite book?

Press Here is a book I turn to repeatedly for it’s playfulness

  1. Share a #Shelfie with us! 

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You will find Ottie and the Bea at 12 Old Dover Road in Blackheath, South East London. If you ever find yourself in the area make sure you pop-in and say hello.

Monday to Saturday, 9:30-5:30pm.

T: 0208 465 5318.

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Bookstore of the Month | Barton Books Penzance.

Bookstore of the Month

Welcome book lovers, to our new and improved Bookstore of the Month feature. The inaugural member of this exclusive club is Barton Books Penzance. 

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Take it away Barton Books!

1. Describe Barton Books in Three Words

Beautiful: Serene: Unique.

 2. Where is your favourite spot in your store?

The shop window. I’m always in there tweaking and faffing.

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3. Give us a brief history of Barton Books.

Barton Books opened in May this year. I concentrate on art books, but use the term loosely.  I do indeed sell books on artists, but on top have a creative selection of all books visual.  I look for titles which are multi-faceted: they must of course have strong content, but also must be well designed and packaged.  Following my time working with, among others, Tate and the London department store Liberty, it seemed a natural progression to open my own store.  Penzance has a great artistic crowd who are now discovering my shop and becoming regulars, and the town draws in many people from further afield, who have also become customers of mine.  I feel very lucky to have such creative folk coming in!

4. Has Barton Books got a store pet?

Would you call a Staffordshire china dog a pet? Maybe a mascot.  Anyway, here’s a picture.  He has no name.  I quite fancy having a border terrier in the shop at some point.  My cats would love to come in but they wouldn’t hang around for long.

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

I love so many: John Cheever, Lawrence Durrell, Iris Murdoch, LP Hartley, Beryl Bainbridge, Patrick Hamilton.  I must try some more living authors too because I thought The Shore by Sara Taylor was great.

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

Possibly a cliche but ‘The past is a foreign country, they do things differently there’ from LP Hartley’s The Go-Between still resonates.

7. What was the last book you read?

The Visitors’ Book by Jon Lys Turner, about Richard Chopping and Denis Worth-Miller, friends of the painter Francis Bacon.

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8. What is your favourite A&CB books?

It’s got to be All My Friends are Dead. It’s got the multi-faceted qualities!

9. What is your favourite book?

JD Salinger. The Catcher in the Rye.

10. Share a #Shelfie!

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So if you find yourself in Penzance, or indeed if you live there, a trip to Barton Books is a must. Whilst you are there snap your own #shelfie and share it with us using #BookstoreOftheMonth.

Bookstore of the Week | The Book Shop Liskeard

This week we are off to sunny Cornwall for our #BookstoreOfTheWeek; The Book Shop Liskeard!

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Found in the small but friendly Cornish market town of Liskeard, The Book Shop Liskeard is a cheerful, dynamic and pleasing independent bookshop with a terrific range of titles, special stationery and a welcoming atmosphere that will make you want to stay forever. This welcoming atmosphere is only a small part of the reason the store was shortlisted for the Best Independent Bookshop of the Year Award in 2013 AND 2014.

Constantly seeking out new ways to entertain and please its book loving patrons The Book Shop Liskeard plays host to book signings, poetry readings, talks and you will always be greeted incredibly imaginative shop-window displays.

Its bright, comfortable atmosphere, wide range of books; fiction and non-fiction for adults, young adults and children, and exciting (yes we get excited about stationery) range of non-book items; notebooks, cards and bookmarks, among others, make this little shop feel bigger than its four walls would suggest. There truly is something for everyone in this little gem of a store.

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If you find yourself in their neck of the woods make sure your pop-in for a visit! We are sure Michèle, Roz or Ruth will greet you will a smile and a book recommendation if you need a little help picking out your next read. Even if you are not heading to the coast anytime soon, The Book Shop Liskeard has one more trick up its sleeve…

A spot on ordering service! 

If they don’t have the book you are looking for, they can order it AND post it straight to your door! If the book is a present, they will even personally wrap it…for no extra charge! Now that is what we call service.

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Find them at:

2 Barras Street
Liskeard
Cornwall
PL14 6AD

Telephone: 01579 342 112

Opening times:
Monday to Thursday 9:00am – 17:30pm
Friday 9:00am – 18:00pm
Saturday 9:00am – 16:00pm

Bookstore Of the Week | News from Nowhere

News From Nowhere

This week we are venturing to Liverpool for our #BookstoreOftheWeek.

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Offering a bold and refreshing alternative to chain bookshops, News from Nowhere is a Liverpudlian institution, and is many things beyond being the city’s longest-running community bookshop. Calling themselves a Radical & Community Bookshop, they are a not-for-profit, a worker’s co-op, and are fiercely committed to social change, which they inspire through their radical titles as well as their links to the blogs of local justice warriors and the information on local events, covering everything from mindfulness classes to women’s rights meetings, LGBTQ book clubs, and self-improvement workshops.

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News From Nowhere is a hub for change and togetherness, and continues to uphold this reputation by stocking books studied in English modules at surrounding universities, and selling them at cheaper prices than many bigger stores. Through this initiative, they prove their commitment to cultivating intellectual thought that is rooted in accessibility. This is a forum for community spirit and thought-provoking conversation, with a dash of world-wide cultural music, demonstrations, and posters and badges on the side!

The bookshop stocks a nice collection of fiction, but everyone knows this is the place to go for politics, environmental studies, human and animal rights, feminism, culture, and sexuality! Come by to join the conversations and take part in a collective movement for education and change.

For more information visit their website, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

News From Nowhere, 96 Bold Street, Liverpool L1 4HY

Opening Hours:

Mon-Sat- 10 am- 5:45 pm

Sun- 12 pm- 4 pm (longer in December)

0151 708 7270      Nfn@newsfromnowhere.org.uk

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/

The BEST Little bookshop we know.

We are throwing in a bit of a curve ball with this week’s Bookstore of the Week!

Today we are celebrating the online bookstore, Best Little Bookshop. This beautiful website may not be a bookshop you can walk into but it has the passion and heart of it’s more tangible companions.

Starting with the vision & passion to do something different with bookselling online & adding in the wish to recapture some of the magic & essence of professional bookselling Best Little Bookshop was born.

The idea is a simple one & we love it because it is driven by the simplest of things; a love of books, real books, real pages, that real book smell. AND not just a love of traditional fiction, but of the unique, the creative, the totally wacky (all things A&CB!). We were delighted to see Jim Curious, Lines For All Occasions, Hide & Eek AND Literary Listography on the home page. Each of these titles is an example of why bookstores (both online & on the high street) are so important. They are books that only work as tangible products. They are objects people WANT in their homes, that people WANT to share, that people WANT to give as gifts. They are the reason we love what we do!

So Best Little Bookshop we raise our glasses to you – THREE CHEERS to beautiful books! To books you can still write notes in the margins of & to books you can share with friends.

For amazing bookish gifts (one for you and one for someone you love) and to read all about their story visit them at http://www.bestlittlebookshop.com/

P.S – Send them a note if you can think of a great way to spread the Best Little Bookshop love & they’ll handpick a book just for you! E-mail them your ideas at mememe@bestlittlebookshop.com,

Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights.

BOOKSTORES REJOICE, it’s time to announce our BOOKSTORE OF THE WEEK!

This week we are celebrating our first store outside of London, because we know that there are some gems all over this little country of ours.Today we are celebrating Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights in Bath.

Mr B’s Emporium opened it’s doors back in 2006, and this beautiful little store, with BIG heart, has been an important part of the Bath scenery ever since. The store itself is charming; the cream shelves filled with books, the comfy armchairs and the toilets papered in book reviews! There is even a converted claw-foot bath book display, that adds a hit of eccentricity.

PLUS they have free tea and coffee for customers! What more could you ask for from a little indie bookstore.

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Mr B’s was named the UK’s Independent Bookshop of the Year, for the second time, in 2011. So, if you are in Bath be sure to pay them a visit, and if you are not you still have the delight of their website! We think it’s the best bookstore website we have ever seen! There is something a little Harry Potter esque about it…

Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights we salute you for being an award winning little indie bookstore that is all heart & our Bookstore of the week.

P.S. Thank you for all the A&CB love Mr B’s! We spotted The Bear’s Sea Escape on your home page AND Kirby: King of Comics by Mark Evanier in your Excellence in Cover Design Award section!

London’s Most Iconic Indie Bookstore.

Is there a more iconic Indie bookstore in London than Foyles?

From humble beginnings in 1903 with two brothers re-selling their textbooks, the opening of their first premises in 1906 at 135 Charing Cross Road, the big move in 1929 to the present day & the exquisite new flagship store, Foyles has fulfilled our book needs for decades. Even amidst the dark years of Christina Foyle’s reign – ‘if Kafka had been a bookseller, Foyles would have been the result’ – the doors remained open. (Read more about the history of Foyles on their website.)

This bookstore mogul with it’s passionate, friendly staff who are full of advice and recommendations epitomizes everything we love about bookstores. Get lost in the shelves, discover something new. Fall in love with reading again.

Named UK Bookseller of the Year two years in a row (2012 & 2013) this Indie giant is this week’s Bookstore hero.

Foyles we hope your doors stay open for another 111 years!