Brilliant Bookshops

Brilliant Bookshop: The Book Nook

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This week, I made my way to the lovely seaside town of Hove to visit another wonderful bookshop dedicated to children’s literature, The Book Nook. Wonderfully decorated windows greet you as you approach- one all about Dilly the Donkey, the new book by Elli Woollard and Steven Lenton. It’s the sort of shop you simply can’t resist entering…

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Wall to wall temptation awaits those who enter. There really is something for everyone here, for all ages and tastes. From firm favourites and classics to the latest releases, the shop offers a wonderful range of books. I managed to lay my hands on the latest Wells and Wong mystery and the new Bear and Rabbit book amongst other ‘must have’ purchases.

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The shop runs a thriving events programme and lots of eager children were arriving for the ‘Under the Sea’ story and origami session which was fully booked. Whilst waiting, there was much excited book browsing and choosing which was a delight to watch! A lovely little cafe at the end of the shop, whose walls are covered in framed drawings from visiting illustrators, offers a nice cuppa and a snack for those in need.

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The staff were really lovely, very knowledgeable about children’s books and full of ideas and suggestions. The visit was a real pleasure and The Book Nook is a must for anyone who loves children’s books.

The Book Nook

1 St John's Pl, First Ave, Hove BN3 2FJ

Brilliant Bookshop: Bags of Books

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Found on South Street in the lovely town of Lewes in Sussex, ‘Bags of Books’ is a fabulous bookshop, devoted to children’s books. Housed in the most beautiful old building, the bookshop is a joy from the moment you set foot through the door.

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The shop is beautifully laid out with books everywhere you look, lovingly displayed. There is a lovely calm atmosphere and plenty of space in which to browse the excellent range of books on offer for all ages. Each section is full of treats; smaller publishers are represented as well as larger ones and there is the feeling that each book has been carefully selected, rather than stocked at random.

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A constant stream of customers is testament to the shop’s popularity and the shop is obviously committed to the community. They have regular events in store. and it is easy to order anything you want. ‘My Year of Books’ is a wonderful gift option they offer where books are carefully selected for the recipient and sent to them. Different packages are available, making it the perfect present for the book lover in your life!

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The staff are very friendly and welcoming, keen to help and make suggestions. Obviously book lovers, all the different people I met both enjoy and take pride in this lovely shop! Very well worth a visit! We had the added enjoyment of staying above the shop which is perfect for any book lover!

Bags of Books,

1 South St,

Lewes BN7 2BT

Brilliant Bookshop: The Snug Bookshop

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Today, I went to Bridgwater to visit the wonderful Snug Bookshop and Cafe. This is a charming bookshop, full of book-ish treats and delights! Light, spacious and inviting, there is certainly something for everyone in this lovely shop- including delicious cake!

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Books are located towards the back of the shop, catering for all ages and tastes. Table displays offer focus on particular themes or highlights; a selection of Judith Kerr books on one, a range of books about the moon and space on another. Everything was beautifully presented and easy to browse.

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It is always a joy to find a fellow book-lover full of enthusiasm and knowledge. This is a shop where you can be sure of good advice and recommendations and a lovely welcome. A steady stream of customers- some obviously regulars- came in whilst I was chatting and browsing.

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Not only does The Snug Bookshop sell new books, it also has an appealing range of well presented second hand book in a room to the right of the main shop. Further tables for the coffee shop were located in this area, giving an uncluttered feel to the whole space.

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The shop also boasts strong relationships with local schools and is keen to support teachers provide the best for their children- and they are lucky to have such a brilliant bookshop nearby!

You can find The Snug Bookshop and Cafe at

7 East Quay, Bridgwater, Somerset TA6 5AZ

01278 428469