A James Patterson announcement 






Bestselling author and bookshop devotee, James Patterson, has announced the second round of independent bookshops in the UK and Ireland to receive grants following his pledge to donate £250,000 in June 2014.  


Over £130,000 has already been allocated to 73 independent bookshops across the UK and Ireland following the first round of applications in September 2014.  The remaining grant allocation of £120,000 has now been allocated to a further 68 bookshops, enabling even more initiatives to get underway that will help get children reading.


Donations will be used to fund ventures ranging from refurbishment and expansion of children’s sections, to organising a bedtime reading project and pyjama day, to creating a mobile ‘book bus’.  The grants will allow carpet, shelving and signage to be replaced and will ensure further outreach to local schools, as well as providing the means for in-store events and book clubs for children.


Any independent bookshop with a dedicated children’s book section was eligible for a grant of between £250 and £5,000.  Patterson is committed to bringing attention to the important contributions of independent bookshops, and he is especially concerned with inspiring children to become lifelong readers.  In a similar initiative in September 2013, Patterson pledged $1 million to bookshops across the US.


Following the success of this year’s grants, and the exciting work being implemented by bookshops across the country, James Patterson is also announcing a second donation of £250,000 to independent bookshops in the UK and Ireland in an unprecedented show of financial support by an individual for the sector.


James Patterson says“I have been completely overwhelmed by just how many people have applied for the grants second time round, and yet again have been impressed and enthused by the calibre of the applications. It’s been very exciting to see the ideas from the first round in action.  I have again worked to identify independent bookshops for whom this money may make a difference and I’m excited to follow their progress.  I can’t wait to see what the UK and Ireland’s incredible and pioneering bookshops propose for next year.”


Tim Walker, President of The Booksellers Association, says: “We are very much looking forward to seeing the grant funding being implemented by the successful bookshops.  We are thrilled that so many UK and Irish indies have shown such creativity and passion in their applications.  For the lucky shops, the James Patterson money will make a real difference to how they reach children and encourage them to read. The announcement of a further donation of £250,000 is fantastic news for bookshops and anyone who loves reading. We are delighted that James Patterson is continuing to act on his love of bookshops and his appreciation of their vital importance to cultural and community life.”


Eligible bookshops can apply for a grant via the Booksellers Association website:







The independent bookshops to be allocated grants in the second round are:


A Bundle of Books                                                           Herne Bay          

Aardvark Books                                                                Bucknell

Alison’s Bookshop                                                           Tewkesbury

Bay Tree                                                                              Glossop

The Book Fayre                                                                 Woodhall Spa

The Book Nook                                                                 Hove

The Bookcase                                                                    Hebden Bridge

Bookends                                                                            Carlisle

Bookseller Crow on the Hill                                          Crystal Palace, London

The Bookshop                                                                   Loughton

The Bookshop Kibworth                                                               Kibworth

Bookworm Bookshop                                                    Thurles

Brendon Books                                                                 Taunton

Carrigaline Bookshop                                                     Carrigaline

Castle Hill Bookshop                                                       Richmond

Caxton Books & Gallery                                                 Frinton-on-Sea

Chapter One                                                                      Woodley

The Children’s Bookshop                                              Huddersfield

Choice Words                                                                    Plymouth

Chorleywood Bookshop                                                               Chorleywood

Christian Books                                                                 Dunstable

The Cobham Bookshop                                                 Cobham

The Corsham Bookshop                                                                Corsham

Crannog Bookshop                                                          Cavan

Deeside Books                                                                  Ballater

A Festival of Books                                                          Chipping Campden

Forum Books                                                                     Corbridge

Gerrards Cross Bookshop                                             Gerrards Cross

Griffin Books                                                                      Penarth

Grove Bookshop                                                              Ilkley

Gullivers Bookshop                                                         Wimborne

Hinton’s of Conwy                                                           Conwy

Ilfracombe Bookshop                                                     Ilfracombe

Kenilworth Books                                                            Kenilworth

Liber Bookshop                                                                 Sligo

Linghams Booksellers                                                     Heswall

Liskeard Book Shop                                                         Liskeard

Looking Glass Books                                                       Edinburgh

Lutyens & Rubinstein                                                     Kensington, London

Mainstreet Trading Company                                     St Boswells

Melton Bookshop                                                            Melton Mowbray

The Mint House Shop                                                    Hustpierpoint

Mostly Books                                                                     Abingdon

Mr B’s Emporium                                                             Bath

News from Nowhere Bookshop                                                Liverpool

Nutshell Studios                                                                               Billericay

Old Hall Bookshop                                                          Brackley

Oswald Street Bookshop                                                             Glasgow

Palas Print                                                                           Caernarfon

Philips Bookshop                                                              Mallow

Pickled Pepper Books                                                   Crouch End, London

Print Point                                                                           Isle of Bute

Raven Books                                                                      Blackrock

Review Bookshop                                                            Peckham, London

Rickaro Books                                                                    Horbury

Rossiter Books                                                                  Monmouth & Ross-on-Wye

Seven Stories                                                                    Newcastle

Steyning Bookshop                                                         Steyning

Stroud Bookshop                                                             Stroud

The Ullapool Bookshop                                                 Ullapool

University Bookseller                                                     Plymouth

Urmston Books                                                                 Urmston

The Village Bookshop                                                     Terenure

Wenlock Books                                                                 Much Wenlock

Wivenhoe Bookshop                                                      Wivenhoe

The Woodstock Bookshop                                           Woodstock

Wymondham Community Bookshop                      Wymondham

The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop                                    Nailsworth



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