Spencer Thorn Book Table

We would be nothing if it wasn’t for books! Spencer Thorn began life as a bookshop and, although we’ve expanded and diversified over the 50+ years since, we’ve never forgotten or neglected our literary roots. From the latest best-seller to a rich tapestry of classics, non-fiction and local interest titles, we have an eclectic mix of infinitely browse-worthy books.

As well as the huge and varied range of titles available here in store we can also order in almost any title via our superfast book ordering service. We’re rather skilled at finding out-of-print and rare books (even if we do say so ourselves). If there’s anything you’d like us to try and track down a copy of for you – perhaps a favourite childhood book, an oft-read novel someone borrowed and never returned, or that interesting-sounding new book you heard something about on the radio – give us a call or drop us a line and we’ll see what we can do! 

Bookshop Shop Front

If you can’t make it into our jolly blue shop to browse or collect in person you can, as an alternative, shop with us through Bringing together all the positives and conveniences of online book buying, but without the ‘guilt’ of supporting soulless retail giants, shopping on supports independent bookshops as much as if you’re shopping in store. Find out more about how Bookshop works here.

We also have a great selection of bookmarks and other book accessories available in store or online, which make fab little gifts for bookworms (or yourself!). If you’re looking for some inspiration for your next read, why not browse the latest Booktime Magazine?

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Every day is independent bookshop day here at Spencer Thorn! But, every year, the Booksellers’ Association bring all us Indies together in celebration, to highlight the vital role independent bookshops play in their communities. Independent bookshops are staffed with book experts who are wildly passionate about reading and getting the right book into the right hands. Independent bookshops bring vitality to our high streets, work with local communities and champion reading for pleasure.

Books for Summer

Independent bookshops generate local jobs and contribute to our local economy and local community. Independent bookshops have real passion, real people and real conversations. Independent bookshops offer proper browsing, perfect gifts and they pay their taxes!

Looking for that perfect Summer read? Whether you’re jetting off on holiday or settling down in the garden with a chilled tipple, our Summer Books catalogue is bursting with suggestions for every taste. Pick up a copy in store next time you’re passing!