Independents vie for regional crowns at Bookseller Industry Awards

Independents vie for regional crowns at Bookseller Industry Awards

Thirty-eight stores earned a spot on the regional shortlists and are in the running to be The Bookseller’s Independent Bookshop of the Year, sponsored by Gardners, including defending champion, the Wirral’s Linghams Bookshop, and 2012’s winner, The Mainstreet Trading Company from St Boswells in the Scottish Borders.

The 38 shops will now vie to win their respective regions, which will be announced on 14th March. The regional winners then compete for the overall prize, which will be awarded at The Bookseller Industry Awards at the Hilton, Park Lane, London, on 12th May. Award sponsor Gardners will present the winners with £5,000 to be spent on  their shop.

Despite the current struggles of independent booksellers, there are eight shops shortlisted for the first time, including Edinburgh’s Looking Glass Books, Stow-on-the-Wold’s Borzoi Bookshop, and Page 45, a comics specialist based in Nottingham.

1. Bridge Street Books Wicklow
2. O’Mahony’s Booksellers Limerick
3. The Blessington Bookstore Blessington
4. The Gutter Bookshop Dublin
5. Whyte Books County Cork

6. Atkinson-Pryce Books Biggar
7. Far From the Madding Crowd Linlithgow
8. Looking Glass Books Edinburgh
9. The Bookmark Granton-on-Spey
10. The Edinburgh Bookshop Edinburgh
11. The Mainstreet Trading Company St Boswells

12. Bookends Carlisle
13. Linghams Bookshop Wirral
14. Storytellers, Inc Lytham St Annes
15. The Book Case Hebden Bridge
16. The Grove Bookshop Ilkley
17. White Rose Bookcafe Thirsk

18. Booka Bookshop Oswestry
19. Page 45 Nottingham
20. Rossiter Books Ross-on-Wye
21. The Bookshop Kibworth Kibworth
22. The Chepstow Bookshop Chepstow
23. Warwick Books Warwick

24. Chapter One Reading
25. One Tree Books Petersfield
26. The Wallingford Bookshop Wallingford
27. Chorleywood Bookshop Chorleywood
28. The Book Hive Norwich

29. Dulwich Books London
30. Goldsboro Books London
31. Heywood Hill London
32. Pages of Hackney London
33. Stanfords London

34. Octavia’s Bookshop Cirencester
35. The Book Shop Liskeard Liskeard
36. The Borzoi Bookshop Stow-on-the-Wold
37. The Torbay Bookshop Paignton
38. Winstone’s Sherborne