Bookshops come in many shapes and sizes. Some are vast, ultra modern spaces covering several floors, others are small and quirky with fusty smelling rooms and books piled waist-high in random places. There’s one in Retford, Nottinghamshire, that’s a wee bit different from all the rest. Called the Barrister’s Book Chamber, it is run by Angela Rowntree, a former barrister who simply loves books. The stock is mainly second-hand with a mixture of rare hardbacks and quality fiction, non-fiction and children’s titles, all housed in a quirky old building off Church Gate. Decorated like a cosy Victorian parlour, the original shop is now going to become a small flat rented out to Airbnb customers. The bedroom’s still going to be full of books so you’re guaranteed an interesting stay.
On Saturday May 26th, the bookshop itself moves to new ‘chambers’ nearby and I’m going to be there signing books alongside crime writer Stephen Booth. Come along from 12.00 onwards, say hello and have a browse. If you’ve got time, go round St Swithun’s Church, too. Retford also has another bookshop – Bookworm – on Spa Street and a public library – the Denham Library – tucked away off Church Gate. I’m visiting Carr Hill Primary on Thursday 24th to tell them all about my books and the signing. I bet they’re already bookworms – they’re bound to be, living in a town with such an abundance of places to find good books, right?
The Barrister’s Book Chamber, Retford – a bookshop with a difference, m’lud.