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7 brilliant bookshops in Norfolk to visit on National Bookshop Day 2017

PUBLISHED: 09:32 07 October 2017 | UPDATED: 09:45 07 October 2017

The Book Hive, Norwich. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

The Book Hive, Norwich. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2017

To celebrate National Bookshop Day, here’s a look at some of the brilliant bookshops you can visit across the county:

Eimear McBride at The Book Hive to talk about her new book The Lesser Bohemians.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY Eimear McBride at The Book Hive to talk about her new book The Lesser Bohemians. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

• The Book Hive, Norwich

Located in the heart of the city, The Book Hive is a quirky three storey building filled with a vast selection of titles, which are organised in to five main categories; Fiction, Poetry, Art & Design, Children’s Books and Cookery. The business works hard to offer customers a great experience, arranging various events, including their upcoming Page Against The Machine reading nights, author talks and book launches.

Diss Publishing Bookshop. 
Photo: Angela Sharpe Diss Publishing Bookshop. Photo: Angela Sharpe

• Diss Publishing, Diss

Established in 1864 Diss Publishing offers a variety of books, stationery and gifts and staff pride themselves on offering old-fashioned service.

Volunteers at Kett's Books in Wymondham, from left, Adele Kenny (9), Chloe Dawson, Emily Spencer, and Ian Maunders. Picture: Courtesy of Kett's Books Volunteers at Kett's Books in Wymondham, from left, Adele Kenny (9), Chloe Dawson, Emily Spencer, and Ian Maunders. Picture: Courtesy of Kett's Books

• Kett’s Books, Wymondham

Following the closure of the only bookshop in the town, a group of volunteers opened Kett’s a not-for-profit bookshop offering customers books from all genres, specialising in children’s and books by local authors.

Marilyn Brocklehurst from the Norfolk Children's Book Centre, Alby, picks her five favourite books.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY Marilyn Brocklehurst from the Norfolk Children's Book Centre, Alby, picks her five favourite books. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

• Norfolk Children’s Book Centre, Alby

Norfolk Children’s Book Centre was created by Marilyn Brocklehurst, who worked her way up through the Library Service before leaving to set up her ideal shop. The centre contains over 50,000 books and encourages parents to sit on their sofa and read with children.

David Makinson, owner of Holt Bookshop.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY David Makinson, owner of Holt Bookshop. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

• The Holt Bookshop, Holt

Situated in the Georgian market town of Holt, The Holt Bookshop has more than 12,000 books in stock and prides itself on its variety of local interest titles. The shop was opened in 2005 by Stephen Fry and has been named on of Britain’s 50 best bookshops by The Independent.

Dr Jenny Boyd signing copies of her book at Ceres Bookshop in Swaffham. Picture: Ian Burt Dr Jenny Boyd signing copies of her book at Ceres Bookshop in Swaffham. Picture: Ian Burt

• Ceres Bookshop & Tearoom, Swaffham

Set in the heart of a busy market town, Ceres has an enviable reputation for offering everything an avid book reader may need and have an extensive selection of new and secondhand books available.

Louise Abbott runs Crabpot Books in Cley. Picture: Ian Burt Louise Abbott runs Crabpot Books in Cley. Picture: Ian Burt

• Crabpot Books, Cley next the Sea

Louise Abbott left her job as a book editor in London to open this book store by the sea. The store sells secondhand books and is named so because it replaced a village store which sold crab.

• What’s your favourite independent bookshop in Norfolk? Let us know in the comments below.

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