Brilliant Bookshop: StorySmith, Bristol

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A new bookshop has appeared on North Street in Bristol. Not having been able to visit before due to being ill, I took the first chance I had to visit and find out more for myself.

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Laid out over two floors, StorySmith is bright and welcoming. There are plenty of chairs and beanbags available, encouraging visitors to have a coffee and browse the selection of books. The calm atmosphere is perfect for allowing you to take time as you make your choices.

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The children’s section offers a lovely range of fiction and non-fiction. Colourful hot air balloons hang overhead and tempting beanbags are scatted by the shelves , offering comfort to those hunting for their next read. There is also a comfy chair in this section for those of us no longer able to get out of a beanbag- if we managed to get into one in the first place! Everything is laid out to encourage exploration of the shelves and make children feel that they - and their book choices - are valued.

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There is a lovely selection of picture books on offer too, many in hardback, including favourites like Shifty McGifty and PomPom. Unlike in many shops, these are at child height, making them easy to reach and explore.

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StorySmith also offers a good YA section with plenty of appealing titles. Although I only briefly looked at the selection of books for adults, I was impressed by the variety of subjects and titles available here too. Space has been very well used to maximise the number of books for sale, yet offer comfort and room for browsing and relaxing. The staff were welcoming and very helpful, making a return visit a must!

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Storysmith, 49 North Street, Bristol, BS3 1EN