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Biggleswade Books is born, sort of: Welcome to Susie’s Bookstore!

UPDATE: Sadly, the new store only lasted about 4 months, closed down by March 2012.

A WONDERFUL THING HAS HAPPENED: we’ve got a new bookshop in Biggleswade, opened last Thursday, 10th November 2011, at the old ‘Bookworms’ premises in the alleyway between the Market Square and Aldi — Susie’s Bookstore, and everything’s half-price or better:

Susie's Bookstore, Biggleswade: all books half-price!

Susie’s Bookstore, Biggleswade: all books half-price!

Susie’s has relocated from Letchworth, where they concluded that there were too many bookshops: far better to trade in a town where there aren’t any — or rather, weren’t.

Sue and I called in today, met the lovely Susie, and loved what we found, shelves jam-packed with all sorts and still being filled with the stock brought across from their previous, much larger  premises in Letchworth: paperbacks & hardbacks, fiction & non-fiction, and a whole wall full of children’s books. And yes, I bought a book: Jasper Fforde’s latest, Shades of Grey. What do you mean, Jasper Who? Jasper Fforde, author of The Eyre Affair: head on over to the UKCBD reviews section and read Conrad Gempf’s review from back in 2004.

Biggleswade Chronicle: It’s a whole new chapter for Biggleswade outlet

Biggleswade Chronicle: It’s a whole new chapter for Biggleswade outlet

This is the site I’d originally considered for Biggleswade Books. That dream wasn’t to be, but never mind: a new dream has been born, just in time for Christmas, complete with a report and photo in this week’s Biggleswade Chronicle: It’s a whole new chapter for Biggleswade outlet

Susie's Bookstore - Now Open!

Susie’s Bookstore – Now Open!

If you live in the area, do call in: well worth a visit.

Susie’s Bookstore
17a Market Square
SG18 8AS


Making the News

THANK YOU to Laura Hutchinson for her write-up on Biggleswade Books in this week’s Biggleswade Chronicle — p.31, “Phil’s plan is not an ‘open book’ just yet” — and a very warm welcome to anyone who has arrived here after reading that article.

As I said in the article:

There are two possibilities that I have in mind: the sensible dream, to reopen the former Bookworms premises as Biggleswade Books; and the wild dream, to take over the former Woolworths premises.

Either plan would be subject, of course, to negotiations with the landlords and to town council approval, whom I have yet to approach: first I need to gauge the level of interest; then, if there is sufficient interest, to raise the capital such an enterprise would require.

If you, gentle reader, would like to see a new bookshop open in Biggleswade — whether big or small — please do let me know, either by leaving a comment, sending me a message or voting in the poll on the previous page.

Biggleswade Chronicle, Friday October 30, 2009, p.31

Phil's plan is not an 'open book' just yet

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