Close to Bridport’s Bucky Doo Square, where open air performances frequently take place, you can find The Book Shop, an independent bookseller.
The shop has been in Bridport for 30 years and has been run by Ross Hendry for the last thirteen. Unlike other book shops, Ross is committed to maintaining a shop dedicated to book sales rather than diversifying into other products. As a result, the walls are lined with shelves and central displays offer further titles. Amongst the stock is a large collection of books written about Dorset and books written by Dorset residents, a huge boon to local writers. The Book Shop also has a tradition of inviting authors into the shop to sign copies of their books.
The Book Shop caters for the local community, offering a 10% discount to regular customers and an overnight book ordering service. Book groups also rely on support offered by the shop. There is a computer for customer use with internet access, an amenity that is not readily available elsewhere in Bridport. A newsletter is sent by email to customers offering details of special events and author signings. The Book Shop features in The Guardian guide to independent bookshops and it has been named as one of the top fifty independent bookshops in the UK by The Independent. Situated at 14 South Street, the shop lies in the heart of the town.
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