Norwich bookshop in the running for coveted indie prize at British Book Awards

The Book Hive, an independent bookshop on London Street, Norwich. Photo: Steve Adams

The Book Hive, an independent bookshop on London Street, Norwich. Photo: Steve Adams

The Book Hive in Norwich has been shortlisted for Independent Bookshop of the Year at the British Book Awards.

Located on London Street, the shop joins four others shortlisted for the East, including Harris & Harris in Suffolk and Niche Comics in Huntingdon.

Henry Layte, owner of The Book Hive, said: 'We are thrilled to have again been shortlisted in the East of England category for the Independent Bookshop of the Year Award - putting us on the longlist for the national prize.

'It is the most coveted award in the industry, run by The Bookseller magazine who are at the heart of the nation's booktrade, so it is a great honour.'

MORE: How a Norfolk man went from working on a farm to working with world-renowned writersA total of 42 independent bookshops from eight regions have made the cut and will compete to become regional winners, with names to be announced on Wednesday, March 15 at the London Book Fair.

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These lucky few will then go head to head for the overall Independent Bookshop of the Year crown at the British Book Awards to be held at The Grosvenor House Hotel in London on Monday, May 8.

The full shortlist for the East:

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• The Book Hive, Norwich

• Niche Comics, Huntingdon

• Lindum Books, Lincoln

• Harris & Harris, Clare, Suffolk

• Rogan's Books, Bedford

Customers can share why they think The Book Hive should win the indie prize with The Bookseller Magazine online here.

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