Praise The Independent Book Shops.
It may come as no surprise to my regular Blog-Post readers that during my travels I cannot resist the temptation to venture inside every book-shop I pass. Much to the disdain of my ever- patient husband.
Quite recently, we decided to spend a few days in a cosy log cabin in Lincolnshire. Tattersall Lakes Country Park to be exact. Out of season, it may be, but non-the less we enjoyed our time in this delightful location.
Close to Tattersall, is Woodhall Spa a beautiful inland resort on the southern edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds. Despite the cold day, it was a pleasure to explore this lovely village.
Imagine my excitement when I came across a delightful independent book shop right there in the centre of the village. The Book Fayre located in Mathew Temple House on The Broadway a family run bookshop, owned by Katherine Fairs and Reggie. A husband and wife team: previously a primary school teacher and RAF pilot.
It is an Aladdin’s cave of both new and second-hand books. The children’s section is well stocked and beautifully enticing for young families.
With its close proximity to the airfields of Lincolnshire, there is an extensive range of Military and Aviation books. I for one, purchased a book about RAF Cranwell in readiness for my brothers seventieth birthday; it seems like only yesterday since I watched with pride as he attended his passing-out ceremony.
Praise to the Independent Bookshops. It has recently been reported by The UK Booksellers Association that for the first time in 22 years the number of independent booksellers has grown. It must be so difficult to compete with the huge outlets like W.H.Smith and Waterstones. I can only imagine the high rates and taxes which must be crippling.
Like most bookshops, The Book Fayre also has a coffee shop and sells gifts to the public, many of which are book related – Penguin merchandise, Gruffalo toys and Hungry Caterpillar to name a few.
So my friends let us support and embrace our Independent Book Shops.