Sunday, 21 September 2014

Bookshop A Day #17: Torbay Bookshop, Devon

On the run up to release of The Bookshop Book on the 2nd October, I'm going to be blogging about a bookshop every day to celebrate wonderful bookshops and booksellers all around the world. (#bookshopaday). Today I want to tell you about:

The Torbay Bookshop, Devon

I had a chat with Sarah, who runs the shop:

Where can we find you?

In sunny Paignton, in South Devon

Describe your bookshop in three words. 

Welcoming, memorable, fun

What’s going to catch our eye as soon as we walk through the door? 

The browsing tables full of the latest reads and our special choices.

What’s the best event you’ve ever done? 

A four hour marathon Book Signing with Francesco da Mosto, the Italian count who did ‘Francesco’s Venice’ on the tv. Queues round the block, overexcited customers desperate to meet him, attended by local BBC tv.

And your best customer moment? 

When any customer comes in specially to tell me that the book I recommended really touched them.

Recommend a book you’ve been loving recently. 

A Discovery of Witches, by Deborah Harkness, an academic romp through history with vampires and witches!

Why did you become a bookseller? 

From a publishing background it seemed a natural choice and our local town didn’t have its own bookshop.

Why are you still a bookseller?

It sort of gets into your blood and your customers would be horrified if there was any mention of moving on.

If you could open a bookshop anywhere else in the world, where would you open it and why? 

I love where we are, so nowhere else would better it. 

Sum up what books and bookshops mean to you in one sentence. 

To exist without books in my life is unthinkable, bookshops are the best way to communicate all those thoughts and ideas on paper to the world.


Details of The Bookshop Book are 
here. You can pre-order signed copies (shipping worldwide) here

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