I can’t begin to tell you how chuffed we all are by this nomination. We have been named on a shortlist of just five shops in the south-west. There are 4 regions with 6 shops in each and the regional winners will be announced in April; the Independent Bookseller of the Year will be then selected from one of the four regional winners and announced on May 17th. As well as the award the winner will receive £5000 from Gardners, the UKs leading book wholesaler.
I’ve seen the competition so I won’t be practicing my acceptance speech just yet but it’s still a great thing for a little bookshop in a small fishing village to be selected.