The Stripey Badger, Grassington, Yorkshire
Not just worth visiting for its appearances in the updated All Creatures Great and Small, this popular bookshop was opened by mother and son team, Linda Furniss and award-winning bookseller James Firth, in 2018. As well as its enthusiastic and knowledgeable hosts, it also boasts a cosy sister cafe.thestripeybadger.co.uk
Ebb & Flo, Chorley
This pretty bookshop, run by the four-strong all-female team of book obsessives Diane Gunning, Jayne Stevens, Wendy Gratix and Lesley Roberts since 2013, hosts a weekly storytime, a book club and regular author events.
Dial Lane Bookshop, Ipswich
Despite never having worked in the books industry, and having no business experience, Andrew Marsh realised his dream of opening a bookshop last year. His focus is on supporting small publishers and new authors. And his beautifully decorated shop is a feast for the eyes!
Bear Bookshop, Bearwood, West Midlands
Local Bearwood teacher and mum-of-three Jenny McCann opened her shop in December. She is passionate about encouraging children to read and sees her shop as not simply a store but a ‘community resource,’ where families can come and share their love of books with their kids.
Category Is Books, Glasgow
Started by wusband and wusband team Charlotte and Fionn Duffy-Scott, this ‘fiercely independent queer bookshop’ in Glasgow’s Govanhill opened in 2018. It stocks new and secondhand queer books, magazines, graphic novels, zines and badges and has proved a huge hit among locals and visitors from afar. categoryisbooks.com
Rother Books, Battle, East Sussex
Ian Cawley opened his shop in 2017 and works there single-handedly. The space is small (just 400sq ft) but, being a low-beamed 15th- century building, it has lots of character. His focus is on fiction, children’s, local and history. Like many bookshops, he is dependent on his ‘very loyal’ customer base.
BookBar, Highbury, North London
2021 newbie BookBar is a bookshop, wine bar and events space on Blackstock Road. Owner Chrissy Ryan is keen on establishing a personal relationship with her customers and is brimming with ideas, such as her mood-matching Shelf Medicate Prescription and Consultation Service. The shop focuses on fiction, social, international and identity politics, science and current affairs, and also hosts a monthly book club. bookbaruk.com
Reading Roots, Wetherby, West Yorkshire
Ex-English teacher Keira Andrews opened the only independent (non-secondhand) bookshop in Wetherby in December, 10 years after the last bookshop closed its doors. Through the shop she has fundraised to give a free book to every local child on free school meals, and is fundraising to restock a school library. readingroots.co.ukFind out about your local independent bookshop and events taking place over Independent Bookshop Week at indiebookshopweek.org.uk #IndieBookshopWeek
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