Last bookshop in Southwold to close

Last bookshop in Southwold to close

The last bookshop in Southwold is closing down next week after its owner Booksource sold the lease.

Selling both second-hand and new books, independent Bookthrift was the last bookshop standing in the Suffolk town after the closure of The Orwell Bookshop and Southwold Books, which both shut up shop in the last year.

The manager at Bookthrift, Pamela O’Hara, who used to manage The Orwell Bookshop, said trade had been doing fairly well considering the economic climate and added that sales were only “slightly down” on last year.

She said: "Bookselling has been my life for 12 years, it will be hard calling a day on it. When I was offered the manager’s job after Orwell closed down five months ago I thought all my Christmases had come early, same job, same town . . . it was a dream. Bookselling is just something else, you get into it and it is not just a shop but part of the community, I deliver books to people who are housebound—you have to go the extra mile to survive in bookselling now."

The shop will close on 13th September. Last week, The Bookseller reported four indie bookshops had closed recently in quick succession.

The lease has been sold to R K Gentian. Calls to Booksource were not returned before publication.