Customers nominating The Book Case in Hebden Bridge, One Tree Books in Petersfield and Waterstones in Guildford have won prizes as part of the Books are My Bag #OneInAMillion competition.
The social media campaign asked readers to nominate their favourite bookshop in the UK and Ireland, with “hundreds” of people taking part, according to the Booksellers Association (BA). It was launched to celebrate the millionth BAMB tote bag being handed out.
First prize in the competition was won by @SarahGood27 on Twitter, who nominated The Book Case in Hebden Bridge “for its personal touch, expert staff, love for what they do & resilience after the floods!” The store was “completely wiped out” on Boxing Day 2015 by major flooding in the Calder Valley, in which water levels rose to 5ft.
She will receive an Orla Kiely leather bag, £250 in National Book Tokens, a golden ticket to Hay Festival, afternoon tea for two at Claridge’s and a limited-edition copy of Alan Bennett’s Keeping On Keeping On (Faber) among other gifts.
In second place is @Rosalindanne on Twitter who nominated One Tree Books in Petersfield, which she described as “a magnet for the interesting, & quirky, both books & people. Fun & erudition in one shop”. Her prizes include signed copies of Hurrah for Gin by Katie Kirby (Coronet), The Pearl Thief by Elizabth Wein, My Name is Victoria by Lucy Worsley and Moonrise by Sarah Crossan, all published by Bloomsbury Children’s, a mounted Emily Sutton print, and a subscription to New Scientist magazine.
In third place is @MrPB_Esq who nominated Waterstones, Guildford, with pictures illustrating the many reasons she’d nominated the shop. Her prizes include a box set of Stephen King DVDs and a signed copy of Tom Fletcher’s The Creakers (Penguin Random House).
Kara Rennie, social media & community manager at Booksellers Association, said: “We so enjoyed reading all the entries to the #OneInAMillion competition. From entries written in verse, to beautiful pictures of favourite bookshops, it was wonderful to witness so much love for bookshops!”
The Books Are My Bag competition takes place around Super Thursday, the day when the most hardback books are released onto the market in time for Christmas, which this year took place on 5th October. Today (25th November) also marks the day Saturday Sanctuary takes place, where bookshops hold events to provide a “calming” balm to the “madness” of Black Friday.