London’s Slightly Foxed has been named Vintage Independent Bookshop of the Year for 2014, winning £1,000.
The shop, in Gloucester Road SW7, impressed judges with its “brilliantly conceived events”, including a vintage wine and Vintage literature evening, and a phantom book group, where people unable to attend were sent an audio recording of the meeting and a copy of the book discussed.
The competition, now in its fourth year, awards the independent bookshop that promotes Vintage Books with the most creativity and passion.
Tony Smith from Slightly Foxed said: “The shop has been a runner-up [for the award] on two previous occasions and this victory is due to the extraordinary enthusiasm of my colleagues Charlotte Colwill and Alexia Coronini-Cronberg. Their combination of Vintage books and vintage wine was an inspired idea which went down brilliantly with everyone who was able to attend the celebration. The shop has always been a fan of Vintage publishing and we are glad we were, once again, able to bring these books to a wider audience this year.”
The prize was judged this year by Rachel Cugnoni, Vintage publishing director; Claire Wilshaw, Vintage brand director, and Kate Gunning, Penguin Random House key account manager for independent bookshops.
The runners-up for this year’s prize were Mostly Books in Abingdon and Chapter One Bookshop in Woodley, Berkshire.
Gunning said: “It is always a pleasure and a privilege to judge this award, which is a celebration of independent bookselling and also one of the highlights of my year. We had more entries than ever in 2014, and they were of a tremendously high standard. My sincere thanks to all the shops that entered, and warmest congratulations to Slightly Foxed, Mostly Books and Chapter One.”
Vintage this year partnered with Hotel du Vin on the award, with Slightly Foxed also winning a two-night stay in a Hotel du Vin.
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