Today is Bookshop Day, apparently, when readers everywhere celebrate their favourite/local bookshops. Sadly, independent ‘real life’ bookshops are a dying breed, but there are still a few brightly-burning stars out there. In my area that includes Bookends at both Carlisle and Keswick, and Fred Holdsworth in Ambleside.
The latter is tiny, but a typical old-fashioned store simply stuffed with books from floor to ceiling. They stock everything from local maps and guides to the Lakeland fells, to fiction, to Buddhism for Sheep. And from today, they’re stocking signed copies of ‘Raise the Blade’ too.
Ambleside is a stunningly beautiful small town set amid some of the most picturesque scenery in England. So if you want a good excuse to visit, and to get your sticky mitts on one of my books while you’re at it, now’s your chance! “Fred’s” is located right on the main street, in between an art gallery and a specialist deli selling a range of delicious home-made foods, so there’s something for everyone!
And if you do go along and buy my book – thanks, and please tell them I sent you!