On the High Street of the pretty seaside town of Sidmouth, you will find Winstone's Bookshop. Very much at the heart of the town, a constant stream of customers flowed through its doors whilst I was there, visitors exclaiming in delight at the range of books on offer, locals heading straight for their favourite sections. But tourist or resident, everyone was greeted warmly and made to feel welcome.
Selling a wonderful range of both adult and children's books, the shop is light and the space is well laid out, offering a balance between there being something new to look at at every turn and there being enough space to move round the shop comfortably!
A wonderful selection of Asterix and Tintin books sit proudly with a range of graphic novels. Tintin is obviously a favourite in store as there is also a tempting range of bags in different colours featuring him and Snowy scattered around the shop! Very hard to resist! (I didn't!)
The 'latest' titles are on offer, but there is a good balance with older titles as well. It was particularly pleasing to notice that certain shelves weren't dominated by the complete works of some authors to the exclusion of others.
The young man behind the counter was extremely helpful, polite and knowledgeable and we had a very interesting conversation about his passion for fiction in translation and he offered some recommendations- just the sort of person you wish to find in a bookshop. Whilst I was in the shop, he answered lots of queries and made suggestions to those in need.