Lost in Books was created by myself Amanda, and my sister Rebecca - two book loving sisters who grew up by the sea in Cornwall with a passion for reading. Having brought up our families and both returning to university study, we decided that we wanted to pass on our knowledge and enthusiasm to others …. and so the bookshop emerged. I took over the helm of running the bookshop in 2019 once our studies finished and Rebecca continued to pursue her professional writing career.
I started my career in the early 1990s as a Picture Researcher working for a publisher in London. Moving back to Cornwall to bring up my two sons, I missed the world of books and so immersed myself in my other passion of collecting … fabric, old kitchenware, shells, feathers, buttons and of course books. Thus began twenty years of buying and selling things that I loved and felt passionate about.
I am blessed to be living in Cornwall in such a beautiful place with its coast and moorland so close for us to explore, and it is this which is reflected in my choice of books. Studying for my Masters (MA Illustration: Authorial Practice) at Falmouth University has also influenced my book choices, with a strong bias towards beautiful and meaningful illustration within book design.
A new chapter...
An inherent love of literature and the power of reading to enhance your life are at the core of Lost in Books. During these recent difficult times, with the emergence of the Covid -19 virus, we have all had to face challenges both big and small. For me it was the realisation that to continue to serve my customers and local book-loving community, I was going to have to think creatively. The situation with the bricks and mortar shop brought restrictions that meant in order to continue in business I needed to develop an online shop. I am still at the heart of the now virtual shop, curating the book choices and recommendations and with our free local delivery, spending time driving through the Cornish countryside meeting my customers.
Thank you for all your support in keeping independent bookselling alive!