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Indy Bookshop Week: real passion, real people and real conversations

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Independent Bookshop week kicks off today (Saturday, June 18) and runs to next Saturday - a celebration of independent bookshops in the UK highlighting the vital role independent bookshops play in their communities.

The campaign was launched in 2006 by the Booksellers Association and celebrated its 15th birthday in June 2021. Independent Bookshop Week is sponsored by Hachette UK.

Hungerford Bookshop will be holding an event with West Berkshire author Gill Hornby for her highly anticipated follow-up to the number 1 bestseller Miss Austen. Her new novel, Godmersham Park, returns to Austen’s regency world. Gill will be at the Honesty Café at the Herongate Club in Hungerford on Tuesday (June 2) talking to Helena Kelly (author of Jane Austen: The Secret Radical) before signing copies of her book - two days before official publication date - to celebrate IBW.

Hungerford Bookshop
Hungerford Bookshop

Emma Milne-White says: “As a bookshop we have always though it important to bring authors to readers. It’s fascinating getting an insight into the author’s mind, finding out about their research, writing methods and what inspires their ideas. It’s fantastic to have such a successful author talking during this week”.

The bookshop will also be holding their annual Summer Reading Celebration on June 30 as a belated celebration of IBW. Authors Veronica Henry, Anne Youngson, Harriet Evans and Elise Downing (the youngest person to run a lap of Britain) will be talking for 10 minutes each over Pimm's, wine and canapés. Attendees will get a free £5 book token thanks to National Book Tokens to spend if they book in advance.

During IBW the bookshop is also taking part in the Children’s Book Project to tackle book poverty among children. Members of the local community are encouraged to pop into their local bookshop and drop off any gently used books that their own children may have grown out of between today to July 9. These will be gifted to other children with very few books of their own. Watch out for the box in front of the bookshop.

Independent bookshops are staffed with book experts who are wildly passionate about reading and getting the right book into the right hands. Independent bookshops bring vitality to our high streets, work with local communities and champion reading for pleasure. Independent bookshops generate local jobs and contribute to our local economy and local community.

"Independent bookshops have real passion, real people and real conversations. They offer proper browsing, perfect gifts and they pay their taxes," says Emma.

Support them during this special week and beyond.

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