Bookshop Profile: Mr B's emporium of reading delights, Bath

It's not just the name that signals that new Bath independent Mr B's Emporium of Reading Delights is attempting to do things a little differently. Step inside, and chances are you'll receive a cordial welcome from shop dog Vlashka, an appealingly scruffy mongrel from the Czech Republic. What's more, the main window display sits atop a large, claw-footed, roll-top bath.

The team behind Mr B's is Nic Bottomley, his wife Juliette and her brother Harvey Packham. None has any previous bookselling experience, and all three packed in corporate jobs—the Bottomleys were disaffected lawyers working ...

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