Supporting Britain's independent bookshops

There was an article in the Telegraph on line recently about Britain's best independent bookshops and how they were surviving and thriving. What was also interesting were the comments left by readers keen to nominate their favourite independent bookshop and not to be outdone I added my local: The Hayling Island Bookshop. 

It might be the smallest bookshop in the UK but it has a big heart to make up for what it lacks in floor space.  It's run by enthusiastic husband and wife team, Colin and Marie Telford who are also very active in organising a number of author events and book festivals. 

They have been very supportive of me and my marine mystery crime fiction novels, for which I am very grateful, and I've done a number of book signings in their little shop, as well as having had the pleasure of participating in book events around the area. I've also done book signings and worked with other indie bookshops at book festivals in Romsey, Lee-on-the-Solent and Richmond, Yorkshire.

With the number of physical bookstores declining it's important to support those we have left particularly the independents who not only sell books but provide a focal point for the local community.

This is a photo of me (left) with saga author, Dee Williams (right) at the Hayling Island Bookshop during Independent Booksellers Week a couple of years ago.

I've put a link to the Telegraph article below.  You might want to see if your local independent bookshop is listed.

Britain's best independent bookshops:

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