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Books Are My Bag 2015

Buy a book from us on Saturday 10th October, and take part in our Books Are My Bag Lucky Dip.

We have wrapped up oodles of proof copies and any customer who buys a book from us will be given the chance to take one of these for free. You never know what you might unwrap – and the chances are you’ll discover a new book and a new writer you may never have tried otherwise!

The offer will be available for as long as stocks last.

As well as this, customers spending over £30 will also be offered a free BAMB bag, either a traditional one or a Lauren Child children’s version. Again, while stocks last.

Thanks for your continuing support of your local independent bookshop!

Upcoming Author Events

We have a year-round events programme rugby commentator and author Eddie Butler, local historian Heather Hurley, and woodsman Robert Penn all coming soon. To see our full events schedule click here or go to our Upcoming Events page. We encourage you to buy tickets in advance as our events do sell out; occasionally we are forced to cancel if there are insufficient advance ticket sales. If you are unable to come to an event but would like to reserve a signed book, please contact one of our shops. 

James Patterson Independent Bookshop Grant

Bestselling author and bookshop devotee, James Patterson has donated a total of £500,000 to independent bookshops in the UK and Ireland, and we are delighted to have received one of these grants in the second round of donations. Look out for new hanging signs and A-frames featuring our ‘reading boy’ logo at both our shops.

James Patterson says: “I have been completely overwhelmed by just how many people have applied for the grants second time round, and yet again have been impressed and enthused by the calibre of the applications. It’s been very exciting to see the ideas from the first round in action. I have again worked to identify independent bookshops for whom this money may make a difference and I’m excited to follow their progress. I can’t wait to see what the UK and Ireland’s incredible and pioneering bookshops propose for next year.”

Jackie Morris

Some authors go the extra mile to support booksellers, and artist and author Jackie Morris is perhaps one of the most dedicated. 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

Commander Chris Hadfield at the Savoy Theatre

Our biggest event to date and certainly the most inspiring, Chris Hadfield brought a smile to everyone’s face with his fascinating talk about life as an astronaut. We were treated to some fantastic photos of the International Space Station and Earth from space, as well as a very special rendition of Space Oddity.

Chris’s newest venture is #PersonalRocketScientist. He is inviting school children to tweet or instagram a science question to him, which he will answer personally. More details at Chris’s Twitter page.

We have signed copies of both Chris’s books in stock: You Are Here, Around The World in 92 Minutes and An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth.

The Folio Society

We are proud to have been chosen as one of only a handful of shops authorised to stock a range of Folio Society books. Beautiful, collectable and a true celebration of books, these are very special editions of some of the greatest works ever written. Next time you are in our shops be sure to have a look. 


Signed Copies

We have a fantastic range of signed copies  in our stores including new books from Owen Sheers, Kate Atkinson, Patrick Gale, Rob Cowen, Robert Goddard, Chris Hadfield and David Mitchell. Visit our signed copies page here to see our current selection.

Rossiter Books Loyalty Card

How to use your Rossiter Books Loyalty Card. Spend £10 or more and get a stamp, collect 10 stamps and get £10 off your next purchase. The spend can be on anything we sell in our stores including books, cards, gifts and tickets for our events.  Read more

Books Are My Bag

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. In October a new Books Are my Bag bag, designed by Tracey Emin, was launched. Have you collected yours yet?

Welsh Language Books

We now sell Welsh language books online through our supplier,

CLICK HERE to find out more

Book Groups

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

Ink and Paper

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 2014.


The bookshop around the corner

Rossiter Books was visited by Erica, a book shop blogger, who gave us a wonderful write up. Click here to find out more.

Creation of our Logo

One of the comments we get most is how much people like our Rossiter Books logo. Find out here how Karl Lewis from Cascade Design went about developing it for us.

The Bookshop Band

Watch the Bookshop Band play A Great Depth at our concert with them in the Shire Hall, Monmouth.


Castles of the Marches by John Kinross

Wednesday 11th November at 7pm, Rossiter Books, Ross-on-Wye – Ticket £3

Local author John Kinross will talk about his new fully illustrated book, revealing the fascinating history behind the castles of our local area which is characterised by rural beauty and agricultural charm, and is home to some extraordinary relics. From the majestic Goodrich Castle, which boasts one of the most intact sets of medieval domestic buildings surviving today, to the gorgeous red sandstone fort at Shrewsbury, protected by the River Severn, each site tells a different tale.