Independent Bookshop of the Year - Scotland

Atkinson-Pryce Books | Biggar

Independent Bookshop of the Year, sponsored by Gardners - Scotland winner: Atkinson-Pryce

Atkinson-Pryce in Biggar is the winner of the Scotland region in the Independent Bookshop of the Year award. The South Lanarkshire business last won the region in 2013. Judges commended the staffers Sue Kekewich, Chris McCosh and Millie McCosh for constant reinvention that makes it the “ideal destination shop”.“They are welcoming and knowlegable, and can always suggest just the right book for presents for young and old!”

Customers' reasons for loving the bookshop

“Knowledgeable staff, looked after visiting writer, went the distance when necessary, small but crammed with books, beloved by local population. All in all, a really excellent bookshop.”

“Range and service and atmosphere.”

“Small, friendly, helpful, the ladies know what books their regular customers are interested in. A comfortable place to browse and a warm welcome to all along with tea and coffee. Always helpful and can aquire books not in the shop at the time very quickly. A lovely place to visit for a short stop or to take time to search for the unexpected.”

“Welcoming and knowledgeable team for all ages. Really appreciate having a Bookshop in this small town and the 'added extras' in terms of a Reading Group and Guest Writers and very much part of the Biggar Little Festival.”

“It is an integral part of the community providing outstanding service, both helpful advice and very quick to stock books by both old and new authors at the request of their customers. They are innovative in their ideas to keep the young as well as adults interested and excited about reading and books. The shop has a very cosy and feel good factor as soon as you enter.”

“Not only is it a beautiful, well stocked, bijou independent bookshop, Atkinson Pryce also runs interesting literary events and lunches and holds the fireside book group once a month. The three members of staff are extremely helpful and friendly and offer coffee while you browse. I love this bookshop!”

“You always get a warm welcome, there is freedom to browse and requests for help in finding or ordering a title are always met with enthusiasm and prompt action.”

“This bookshop is a home from home. Chris, Sue and Millie are all brilliant! We are so very lucky to have such a wonderful local bookshop.”

“I live just outside Biggar. The Atkinson-Pryce Bookshop staff have swiftly ordered me books which were not in stock or were a bit obscure. It is a free service. These arrive quickly and I always get a phone message to say my book has arrived. Lovely staff. They have been very kind to my son (a keen reader) and even given me some special promotional display materials which were of interest to me. Always a pleasure to visit. Oh yeah... and they don't just love books and writers. They help organise and enable other creative community events like music things... I got to see the late great Michael Marra in Biggar thanks to Atkinson Pryce stocking and selling tickets. Great place!”

Atkinson-Pryce is now in contention for the overall Independent Bookshop of the Year Award, which will be announced at The British Book Industry Awards on 9th May at a ceremony in London.

The full regional winners shortlisted are:
Atkinson-Pryce (Scotland)
Blessington Book Store (Ireland)
Housmans (London)
The Haslemere Bookshop (South-East and East)
Forum Books (North England)
Winstone's Books (South-West)
Book-ish (Midlands and Wales)

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