The Hungerford Bookshop can be found in a beautiful, listed building at the heart of the historic town of Hungerford. Hungerford is in the centre of the North Wessex Downs, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty. The bookshop won a Nibbie for Independent Bookshop of the Year in 2009. In 2019 they scooped Best in Business as well as Best Independent Retailer at the Newbury Weekly News’ business awards. In 2020, they have been regionally shortlisted for Independent Bookshop of the year.  It’s not hard to understand why……

Owned and run by Emma and Alex, the bookshop team are passionate about books and the importance of independent shops. You won’t experience algorithms here. What they do offer is knowledge, personal recommendations, the chance to hear from the authors themselves and the joyful serendipity of discovering a title you never expected. They work closely with other organisations and schools and believe in playing an active role within the community.

At the Hungerford Bookshop, they are believers in opening book discussions and giving their customers access to the many brilliant authors out there. Their events are always held at one of the fantastic (and often historic) local venues in Hungerford as well as on-line and ticket prices often include money off the title being discussed and a glass (or two) of wine. 

They also sell their books online and if you visit their bookshop and delve a little deeper, at the back of the shop you will find the stairs to a hidden treasure trove – otherwise known as their basement. If you are looking for second-hand and antiquarian books, then this is the place to come. They are also assured it is particularly pleasant to spend time browsing in here during the Summer when it is the coolest space in Hungerford!

They have over 4000 titles to discover. Hunt through fiction and non-fiction, with particularly good sections on History and Transport, and pick up a long-forgotten gem or/and a bargain.

They also have a selection of first editions, Folio Society books, signed copies, and rare & antiquarian books that can make great gifts or additions to your own personal collection. If you can’t find what you want, then they recommend Bertram Rota who specialise in Modern First Editions, books on Architecture and the Applied Arts, and Private Press Printing and Livres d’artiste.

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