Monday, 5 January 2015

Visited Shelf: Wheeler's Bookshop

Welcome to installment number three of the 'Visited Shelf'! (read other 'Visited Shelf' posts;here) This post features the wonderful Wheeler's Bookshop in Midhurst, West Sussex.

Midhurst isn't far from me, but it's also not particularly close. It's somewhere I've always known about, but never really explored. Googling 'local' bookshops threw up this gem, and gave me a real reason to venture into the small town.

The town is beautiful, it's full of Tudor buildings and I'm a big sucker for Tudor buildings. Midhurst has retained its individual character and Wheeler's isn't the only independent shop. 

Cowdray Ruins
The bookshop is equally great, and its got to be a new favorite. It mixes new titles and second hand books and while the in-print selection is slightly smaller it gets a MASSIVE thumbs up. They had all the recently hyped books, and some old classics, and many many beautiful editions. I found this amazing copy of Ann Veronica by H. G. Wells published by The Orion Publishing Group 

Just look at that newspaper print dust jacket! Tono-Bungay, The History of Mr Polly, Love and Mr Lewisham, and Kips have all been printed in this style too. The folds in the front and back have separate 'articles' for the blurb and Author bio, while the bulk of the cover has an extract from the first chapter. Underneath the cover is slick and plain black with shiny gold lettering on the spine. I can't tell you much about the book yet, but Ann is supposed to be a strong female character who was ahead of her time. H. G. Wells is an author I've been meaning to read for a while, I can't wait to get started on this beauty.

The main in-print fiction section
There was also a really delightful children's section, with both mine, and my brothers old favorites. (Hairy Mclary and Ant and Bee if you're after a spot of family trivia) Unrecognized titles suggests that they're keeping up with more recent releases too. The children's section also has a rocking horse

Children's section and rocking horse at the back / right hand side, non fiction at the front. 
The whole shop felt really homely with comfy chairs and big tables, and it helped to create a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. It's full of old beams and little nooks and has an upstairs that holds the majority of the second hand books. There are lots and lots of books in the shop, but they're nicely spaced out, and its stops the browsing experience from being overwhelming.  

One of the upstairs rooms 
The staff were also really friendly and the whole shopping experience was really enjoyable. I definitely plan to go back, and I really can't recommend the shop enough if you happen to be near by.

Have you been to any great bookshops recently? If you have let me know!


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