Guardian launches indie guide

A guide to independent bookshops will be given away in this Saturday's Guardian [1st October], with more than 350 indies included.

The Independent Bookshops Directory is a 74-page A5 guide, with bookshops picked by the Guardian and the Observer. The directory also features an introduction from author Sarah Hall and an article written by Stephen Moss on his day at Hampshire's One Tree Books.

Each regional section also has a foreword by an author. Among those contrbuting are Sarah Waters introducing London; Peter James writing the foreword for south east England; Patrick McGuinness penning the introduction for Wales; and Neil Rollinson writing for the north west England section.

The guide accompanies the launch of Love Your Indie, the Independent Alliance's nationwide loyaltycard scheme for indie bookshops, with more than half a million blank cards also being distributed with the Guardian this Saturday. Both initiatives form part of the newspapers' Books Season.