About Us

Spencer Thorn is a proudly independent, family-owned, local bookshop and gift store in the beautiful Cornish seaside town of Bude. We’re very passionate about everything we do and are hugely proud of our heritage.

Local bookshop

Although we’ve grown and diversified over the last 50+ years, we remain true to our local bookshop roots and take great pride in sourcing out of print books and rare titles, as well as being Bude’s go-to place for the latest new releases, best sellers and gift books. We also stock a great range of non-fiction titles about the region, books by local authors and some exciting fiction set around the Bude area too.


Socially conscious reading

If you can’t physically make it into the shop but would like to browse our full book catalogue online, you can find us on bookshop.org — a socially-conscious way to buy books, while supporting your independent bookshop online rather than the huge internet retailers. You get all the good bits of shopping online, such as fast shipping, carbon-neutral deliveries and curated must-read lists, but with the added bonus of the warm fuzzy feeling that comes from supporting your local bookstore.

"Quality gifts that are so delightfully different from the mundane offerings you find on the high street".

One stop shop

As a proper family-run local bookshop, we are staunchly independent and one of our main strengths is that we encompass everything you need for friends, family and loved ones of all ages, for all of life’s occasions and sentiments. Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, new baby or Christmas gift, a ‘well done’, a ‘thinking of you’, an ‘I love you’ or simply ‘just because’, we have the perfect card and gift for all of life’s big (and little) moments.


Only the best

Everything is hand-picked to ensure we have a unique mix of everything from the latest emerging trend and the timelessly collectible, to something more traditional; a truly eclectic selection of wonderful gifts and treats. We really are the epitome of what a good independent retailer should be and the way we buy our stock is simply not possible for the bigger, high street retailers. You’ll get a gift that will mean a whole lot more!

Whether you pop in and see us or browse online from the comfort of your sofa, we hope you find that perfect something you’ve been looking for, either as a gift or (even better) a little treat for yourself!


Our Instagram is our favourite place, it’s where we share all our favourite products, show you what our brilliant team have been up to, and connect with you, our lovely customers. Follow us and use #STLoves to share your favourite buys and for the chance to be featured by our little, local bookshop.