Amy Wilson’s favourite bookshops
Oh, a bookshop! Naturally one of my most treasured haunts, just stepping in through the doors is an adventure. I quite often get lost in them, forgetting what I came in for and wandering on until I’m rescued by a bookseller, or one of my children. Here are some of my local favourites:
Books on the Hill, Clevedon: A gorgeous bookshop, really active in the local community. The children’s section is bright and welcoming, and Alistair is a book-loving wizard who always makes time to chat.
Chepstow Books: I love this bright, warm bookshop, tucked at the bottom of St Mary Street. Bookseller Matt has supplied books for several of my author events, and always has a warm and friendly welcome – and a lot of knowledge to help a lost reader!
Max Minerva’s, Westbury Park, Bristol: One of the area’s newer independent bookshops, cosy and so helpful. I turned to bookseller Jessica during lockdown when I wasn’t sure what I wanted to read, and having mumbled vaguely about things I liked I very soon had a beautiful pile of previously undiscovered treasures.
Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights, John Street, Bath: A palace of a book shop, recently expanded and heaving with goodies. There are some lovely twisty book-crammed corridors to explore, and the children’s section has been beautifully designed and decorated. Look out for author’s pens on the ceiling!
Waterstones Cribbs Causeway, Bristol: A bustling bookshop, always welcoming. Children’s bookseller Mary is a star, so friendly and on a mission to help young readers find their next adventure.
Website: https://www.waterstones.com/bookshops/cribbs-causeway Twitter: @WaterstonesCC
Bookshop Day is on Saturday, October 3 and exists to promote all high street bookshops. Do support your local bookseller this week, if you can, and if you’re not planning to visit a shop this weekend why not tweet about your favourite shop. Be sure to tag @Booksaremybag and use #ChooseBookshops.
For anyone who doesn’t know where their local bookshop is, you can use this handy link to the Bookshop Search: https://booksaremybag.com/bookshops.
Amy Wilson is the author of several magical middle grade stories, including A Girl Called Owl, published by Macmillan Children’s Books. Her new story, Owl and the Lost Boy, can be enjoyed as a standalone or companion to A Girl Called Owl.