Mr. B’s Emporium of Reading Delights

While stumbling around the internet I happened upon this amazing shop: Mr. B’s Emporium of Reading Delights in Bath.  They won 2011 independent bookshop of the year (having won the South-West region in 07, 08, 10 & 11) and I am in love with it.

They have awesome gift vouchers. I can’t decide if my favourite one is

Mr. B’s Year of Reading Delights (£125 paperback option): You have a telephone chat with a Mr. B’s bibliotherapist, who then handpicks and sends you a book every month for a year with a little note explaining why it was chosen. Brilliant, especially the old school brown paper and wax seal wrapping.


Mr. B’s Extravagant Reading Spa Experience (£100): Coffee & cake, a 60 minute book chat with Mr. B discussing your likes/dislikes, who’ll show you new & old books to suit you, 60 minutes reserved in the comfy chair in the bibliotherapy room, reserved time in the reading booth, £75 of books chosen during the bibliotherapy session, AND a ‘reading treats’ goody bag containing (amongst others things) organic hot chocolate, a Mr B’s mug and a special bookmark.

Just. Awesome.

They also have author events, free book clubs and even a bookshop band playing during the interludes of their literary evenings. Oh, and there’s usually a pot of coffee on the go and the staff are massively knowledgeable about books (which seems obvious, but is often lacking in chain shops).  I also really like that they support other independent retailers in the area, as well as smaller independent publishers.

I’m considering a road trip to Bath as soon as I’m well just to go to this shop. I am a geek.

Images from Mr. B’s website.

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3 Responses to Mr. B’s Emporium of Reading Delights

  1. Sasperella says:

    Wow, I’d never heard of this before but now I’m asking my boyfriend for a ‘Year of reading delights’ package for my birthday! Thanks!

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