It’s the latest in my sporadic Friday feature, where I want to highlight some of the many independent book shops that are out there waiting to be discovered. Whilst there are the usual online book retailers and big name high street shops there are also some wonderful independent bookshops with a treasure trove of literary delights to uncover. There is nothing quite like browsing in a book shop, seeing the books, being able to actually look at them before deciding and of course the booksellers and owners are often a mine of information, a much underused resource.
The sad thing is that unless they are used they will vanish from our towns and villages. The childhood (and to be fair, grown up) delight of visiting a book shop and being able to sit amongst so many books, deciding which new unearthed treasure to take home will be sadly lost.
The sixth bookshop to be virtually visited is Goldsboro Books in London. (I have actually visited Goldsboro books years ago and managed to purchase a lovely old edition of James and the Giant Peach)
1. Tell us about Goldsboro Books.
We are an independent bookshop in Central London that specializes in signed first editions. We’re home to the world’s largest signed first edition book club and host regular signings with many fantastic authors.
2. We open the front door to your shop. What can we see as we cross the threshold?
New Books – facing out on the shelves, as you should in all bookshops!
3. Do you have anything that’s unique to your shop? What makes you stand out?
Yes we have our signed first edition book club that I brielfy mentioned. Each month we select a title that we love, but also believe has the possibility to go on and become successful and collectible. We also produce exclusive limited editions with publishers of the books we love, to make them that much more special. We’ve had some good form and lots of our picks have gone on to become bestsellers and win prizes and are now worth lots of money!
5. Do you have any tips on which books will be big this year?
Well, keep an eye on our Book Club picks, and limited editions! If we believe a book will be big we’ll do something special with it. The Innocent Wife and The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle have already been big books for us, and coming soon there are many more exciting titles. Coming soon, we’ve a suspicion that Too Close to Breathe by Olivia Kiernan and Madeline Miller’s Circe are Ones to Watch.
6. If you could only recommend one book for the rest of your life which book would it be?
Horrid question! Impossible to say… Potentially Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel but I reserve the right to change my answer on a daily basis.
7. Let us know how we can find you.
We’re online and on Cecil Court in London. You can find all our books on http://www.goldsborobooks.com and we ship worldwide – most of our business is online. For any email enquiries you can send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. One of the best ways to stay in touch with us is our newsletter as that’s where we announce our books. You can sign up to this on the homepage of our website.
(I don’t receive any payment or have any vested interest in any sales that may result from this post. The sole intent of the feature is to highlight the many fabulous bookshops out there. Happy shopping!)