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06 Sep 2017
To celebrate Read a Book Day 2017 (6th September), here are some of our favourite bookshop from around the UK...
Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights in Bath is so much more than a bookshop – it hosts regular events, author signings, and even has a resident band! Opened in 2006 by a pair of former lawyers, the shop is housed over three floors and is particularly proud of its knowledgeable staff, who are guaranteed to find you a read you’ll love! Bath too far of a trek? You can order books from them online, too.
Award-winning Booka Bookshop won Bookshop of the Year in 2015, thanks to its community focus and boutique feel. Based in Oswestry, Shropshire, the bookshop has a café, with a great selection of hot drinks and cakes, and also hosts a range of events with authors. They have an online shop, too, and offer free delivery within 10 miles!
The weather in the Lake District may not always be the best, but you’ll find solace from a soggy day in Sam Read, come rain or shine! This little literary oasis has traded as a bookshop since 1887 and, despite its size, has a great selection of books. A perfect stop on your trip to the Lakes!
Describing itself as “if Radio 4 was a bookshop, it would be us”, the Edinburgh Bookshop focuses on “unusual, intelligent and topical selections”. With a huge selection of books spanning 4 floors, Edinburgh Books is happy to help you source any weird and wonderful books you might be struggling to hunt down. It won Scottish Independent Bookshop of the Year in both 2014 and 2015.
The Book Case is located in beautiful Hebden Bridge, surrounded by stunning West Yorkshire countryside. The Book Case has been part of the local community for nearly 30 years, and when it was flooded in 2016,dozens of authors donated signed copied of their books to keep it going. It has a great selection of second hand books, and regularly hosts book readings and poetry events.
You can’t miss the deep purple exterior of Octavia’s Bookshop which has been serving the people of Cirencester, Gloucestershire since 2011. The bookshop focuses in particular on children’s books, and won the Best Children’s Independent Bookshop in the 2013 Independent Booksellers Industry awards!
Octavia’s hosts lots of events, including reading groups and children’s parties and has an increasing number of books for adults, too.
The Big Comfy Bookshop started life thanks to a Kickstarter campaign in 2014, and recently had a huge revamp, including the addition of a food menu. A bookshop by day, the shop transforms into a gig and event venue in the evening, serving local ales and celebrating everything from live music to poetry in the evening. The Big Comfy Bookshop really does have something for everyone!