Row as Barnes Children's Literature Festival chooses Waterstones as official bookseller

Row as Barnes Children's Literature Festival chooses Waterstones as official bookseller

An indie bookshop which was the official bookseller of the Barnes Children’s Literature Festival has been replaced by organisers in favour of Waterstones.

The Barnes Bookshop has been a part of the annual event since it started in 2015 and says it has helped to develop the festival.

But its owner Venetia Vyvyan said she was shocked that a deal had been signed for Waterstones to supply books for this year’s six-day festival.

She said no criticism had been made of the bookshop’s services or operation at previous events, but she was told the high street chain bookshop had "made an offer tha...

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