To celebrate the new decade in style, Lost in Books has developed a slight makeover which we can’t help but adore. Now, the shop beckons readers in with a more gradual blur between the bookshop and its partnered home décor shop, Atticus and Willow.
Plants adorn our walls, the shelves and rustic tables. We have a book fairy, complete with wings and pages from classic literature which make up her wonderful dress. If they wish to, visitors to the shop can whisper their reading wishes for 2020 into her palms, in which she holds an open book.
Two rocking horses now stand elegantly in front of our books and decorative tables. They add a nostalgic element to the shop and bring back memories to those who remember them from childhood.
And all around, we lovingly stock the very latest books, as well as quality preloved copies, to cater for all our readers and their eclectic tastes.
The entire shop seems particularly more spacious with added opportunity to shelve more books. While we make sure to stock the very best and antiquarian titles with plenty of variety, we can also happily order books in for those looking for a very special something. Here at Lost in Books, no task is too small when it comes to placing the right book into a reader’s hands.
‘We decided to change the arrangement within the shop so we could create a space for workshops and author events,’ says our bookshop owner Amanda Davidge. ‘I share the shop with Atticus and Willow run by the very creative Mel Askew. Her focus is on plant and nature based styling for the home, which compliments the range of nature books I sell. Re arranging the shop allowed us to blend our two great loves: books and plants.’
The process of changing the shop layout took an entire week and we bravely fought off the urge to grab a coffee and take extensive breaks curled up with a good story in a small reading nook. With a lot of hard work and a considerable amount of time, we didn’t rest until we got the shop looking exactly how we wanted it. The end result was wonderful.
As we launch ourselves into a new decade, our hopes and dreams for the future remain humble yet ardently optimistic. There are so many excellent new titles coming out this year and we can’t wait to get our hands on them and share them with our readers.
When it comes to new titles, Amanda is particularly excited about two big novels set to grace the shelves of 2020. ‘I’m really looking forward to the new book by Hilary Mantel and the second book by Raynor Winn, following on from The Salt Path which was my bestselling book last year.’
Besides the excitement for new books, we’re also looking forward to hosting many more events and workshops. Think author events, book signings, poetry nights and World Book Day celebrations.
‘I would like to develop the social enterprise element of the shop, broadening my reach into the community,’ says Amanda. ‘I have already attended some local schools and colleges promoting the love of reading and the importance it has for our wellbeing.’
We are also proud to be hosting our very own children’s book group, Atticus Authors and Willow Writers, which we are hoping to launch in early spring later this year. The group will focus on choosing a book to read for the month and promote engaging workshop sessions for children, designed with a love of books and reading in mind.
When it comes to sharing our new layout with customers, we’re pleased to have received extremely positive feedback. People like the space and tell us it feels more spacious, light and airy. As the winter weather lingers on, we think now is the perfect time to dedicate more time to reading.
After all, ‘a book is a dream that you hold in your hand’ (Neil Gaiman).
Happy reading. We look forward to welcoming you.