The Bookseller has received a record number of entries to its Best Independent of the Year Award, sponsored by Gardners.
More than 40 indies across the UK and Ireland submitted entries in a bid to win £5,000. The award recognises the devotion, hard work and innovation that goes into running a successful indie. The regional shortlist of 26 independent bookshops can be read below.
Neill Denny, editor in chief at The Bookseller, said: "The sheer volume of entries, of which were at a remarkably high standard, show the independent sector can not only survive but thrive in what has been an incredibly difficult year for bricks and mortar retail."
The winner will be announced at the Bookseller Industry Awards, which will be held at London’s Park Lane Hilton on 16th May.
Shortlist in full:
Midlands & Wales
Rossiter Books, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire
Scarthin Books, Cromford, Derbyshire
Bookmark Spalding, Spalding, Lincs
Chepstow Bookshop, Monmouthshire
South-east & London
Book Hive, Norwich
Woolfson & Tay, London
Pages of Hackney, London
Mostly Books, Abingdon, Oxfordshire
Hungerford Bookshop, Berkshire
David's Bookshop, Letchworth, Hertfordshire
Chorleywood Bookshop, Chorleywood, Hertfordshire
Stonehouse Books. Kilkennny
Gutter Bookshop, Dublin
The Forest Bookshop, Coleford, Gloucestershire
Totnes Bookshop, Totnes, Devon
St Ives Bookseller, St Ives, Cornwall
Mr B's Emporium of Reading Delights, Bath
Atkinson Pryce, South Lanarkshire
The Bookmark, Cairngorms
The Mainstreet Trading Company, St Boswells
Cogito Books, Hexham
Silverdell of Kirkham, Kirkham, Lancashire
Pam's Bookend, Great Harwood, Lancashire
Simply Books of Pocklington, Pocklington, North Yorkshire
New Bookshop Cockermouth, Cockermouth, Cumbria
Little Ripon Bookshop, Ripon, North Yorkshire