Duchess to open new Much Ado store

The Duchess of Devonshire will open the new look East Sussex indie Much Ado Books after it moved to an expanded premises.<br /><br />The relocated bookshop in Alfriston, East Sussex will open its doors for the first time on 22nd October. The bookshop has been located on the high street for seven years but has now relocated to a Grade II listed building on West Street. The new shop will be officially opened at 4 p.m. by Deborah Devonshire, Dowager Duchess of Devonshire.<br /><br />The shop will be spread over two floors and owners Cate Olson and Nash Robbins have been collecting old and rare books, including special collections of musical books and a range of books on fashion and jewellery, to stock in the shop.<br /><br />The range of fiction will also be increased with sections on crime and debut novels. Olson said: &quot;I read quite a few first novels, and I hope more people will want to experiment &ndash; it is great fun to try out an unknown author; and, over the years, to see how they grow as writers can be really rewarding.&quot;<br /><br />The new shop will include an old barn, which the owners will use for events and talks. Scheduled events include a visit by veteran broadcaster David Dimbleby and a day course on bookbinding techniques led by author Kathy Abbott.