Staycations lead to bookselling boom for indies

Staycations lead to bookselling boom for indies

An increase in people choosing to stay in the UK for their summer holiday this year has resulted in “tremendous” results for indie booksellers in staycation hotspots.

Retailers are up as much as 70% compared to pre-pandemic takings in the same period and footfall in bricks and mortar independents has dramatically improved, according to stores contacted by The Bookseller, while there is healthy optimism the boom will continue into the autumn.

Among the bestsellers are familiar chart toppers such as Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell (Tinder Press) and Douglas Stuart's Booker Prize-winning Shuggie ...

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