We have a year-round events programme with Adele Nozedar, acclaimed historian Juliet Barker, General Sir David Richards and rugby commentator Eddie Butler all coming soon. To see our full events schedule click here or go to our Upcoming Events page. Our events do sell out so we strongly recommend you purchase tickets in advance. If you are unable to come to an event but would like to reserve a signed book, please contact one of our shops.
We have a number of temporary part-time Christmas and Sunday vacancies available at both of our stores.
If you wish to apply then send a covering letter and c.v. to firstname.lastname@example.org or drop it in to either of our bookshops.
Closing date is Wednesday 22nd October.
We have a fantastic range of signed copies at this time of year as they make an excellent present. Signed copies in our stores include new books from Hilary Mantel, John Cleese, Paul Merton, Clare Balding, Chris Froome, Kate Mosse and David Mitchell. Visit our signed copies page here to see our current selection.
Retired Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield has flown two space shuttle missions and served as commander of the International Space Station. When his time on the ISS came to an end he paid tribute to David Bowie with a rendition of Space Oddity, which has been viewed millions of times; to watch it click here. Chris will give an illustrated talk for us at the Savoy Theatre on December 10th; we expect this event to sell out, so recommend you buy tickets early to avoid disappointment.
We enjoyed a wonderful weekend at the Abergavenny Food Festival as the official bookseller. Thanks to everyone involved and to all the great authors who came and signed books at the venues and at our bookstall. We now have signed copies of some of the best new cookery books from authors like Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, Marcus Verberne, Hattie Ellis, Neil Ridley and Joel Harrison, and lots more available in our shops.
BOOKS ARE MY BAG is a nationwide campaign to celebrate bookshops. This collaboration between publishers, bookshops and authors and is the biggest ever promotion of bookshops. For many people bookshops conjure fond images of book readings, in-store cafes and delight at the discovery of a new author. In fact, 56% of all book buying decisions are made by consumers in a bookshop and high street bookshops (both chains and independents) still account for almost 40% of books bought by consumers. Yet, many high street bookshops are under threat.
In October 2014 a new Books Are my Bag bag, designed by Tracey Emin, was launched. Have you collected yours yet?
We have two Book Groups. We welcome new members and are happy for people to come along who are considering joining the group and just wish to experience it first.
Our Ross-on-Wye group meet in the Ross store on the 1st Wednesday of every month. Our Monmouth group meet in the Monmouth store on the 1st Thursday of every month. Details of the meetings and the books we are reading can be found on our book group page here. Read more
It is always good to get feedback from customers, especially of course when it is positive! We were visited recently by Emma Drabble, who posts photos and words on Blipfoto on a daily basis. This great photo and these lovely words are the result of her visit to our shop at the end of January. To see all Emma’s Blipfoto entries visit the site here: http://www.blipfoto.com/farmingemma
Some authors go the extra mile to support booksellers, and artist and author Jackie Morris is perhaps one of the most dedicated. Read about Jackie’s latest idea for International Book Giving Day on February 14th – details here. Jackie regularly visits bookshops around the country, signing her fantastic books, displaying her beautiful artwork , giving drawing classes and reading to avid listeners. Read more