“So please, oh please, we beg, we pray, Go throw your TV set away, And in its place you can install, A lovely bookshelf on the wall.Then fill the shelves with lots of books.” -Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
We recently had the pleasure of visiting the Narberth Bookshop for our monthly excursion. This lovely little bookshop is located in the heart of Narberth. Narberth itself is a great little town with lots of great little spots to have coffee or grab a bite. What was definitely missing was a place to pick up a great book. After all, nothing goes better with a perfect croissant then a cup of coffee and a book. This little gem is filled with books that you may not find anywhere else.
The front of the store has hard cover new and newish releases. There are books everywhere. There is also a section of soft cover books that are unexpected gems. These are not the mass market paperback. Rather, these are books that might be hidden in larger book stores. The Narberth Bookshop is choosy about the books that they have in the store. Its clear the love and pride that went into choosing each book on the shelves.
To the left is a small area with children’s books with a seating area- a perfect place to have a look through. The back of the store has another seating area and a small section for cards and bags. The staff of the store is very knowledgeable. It is clear that the staff commits the regulars’ book choices and loves to memory. The back foo even has a door with the staff picks written down.
Jackie’s purchase: I bought Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. I have never read this and its my challenge from Kirsten for April!
Kirsten purchased 3! The Vanishing Year by Kate Moretti, The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan and Not Just Jane by Shelley DeWees. Not Just Jane in particular, I never would have found in a bigger bookstore or even online. It is non-fiction book about authors from Jane Austen’s time that have been forgotten over the years. I can’t wait to let you guys know how it is!
Has anyone visited this gem yet? What other local bookshops should we feature?