The Bookshop

14 South Street, Bridport


Reopening Saturday 12 September

(Free fizz….)

“Traditional, with a quirky pop,” says Antonia Squire, the livewire owner of The Bookshop as she attempts to encapsulate the character and style for which she aims.

Full account of Ms Squire’s interesting life and love of books to follow on this site. Meanwhile, take a look at the window display and refurbishment. Free glass of bubbles, kids and adult, this Saturday.

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Wild and Homeless Books

Wild and Homeless Books
12 South Street
Bridport DT6 3NQ
01308 421970
Open: Mon-Sat 10-5


Andrew Rutherford

When Andrew Rutherford retired as Professor of Law and Criminal Policy at the University of Southampton, he moved to Bridport. Smart man. And not being a retiring sort, he went into second-hand books, first with a market stall and now in his suitably cosy and cluttered premises in South Street. Fiction, travel, music and topography are all well represented. But why Wild and Homeless? Because Virginia Woolf, in her 1930 essay, Street haunting: A London Adventure, wrote that “second-hand books are wild books, homeless books.”
Andrew, who seems restless if not wild and homeless, has also become a playwright. Blind Spot, an examination of the circumstances surrounding the death of Dr David Kelly, the scientist and weapons inspector, was performed at the Arts Theatre in June 2014. A second play, Counting the Birches, to be performed on behalf of and at the Bridport Arts Centre, is due in March.

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Bridport Old Books

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11 South Street
Bridport DT6 3NR
01308 425689
Open: Mon-Sat 10-5

First impressions, if not first editions, are offered on the table outside, where passers-by are persuaded to peruse by an enticing selection of books priced to please. Inside, the old-book smell and the comfort of stacked shelves are just right. The owners, Caroline Mactaggart and Rosie Young, have as much character as their stock. “Don’t push us; just record us,” Caroline instructed. Very well. But Rosie, who was brought up in Charmouth, has an exotic past: she was one of the Biba twins that decorated the Swinging Sixties, and she gave Anna Wintour her first leg up in the fashion world. So how come she is in Bridport selling books while the Wintour Queen is running Vogue in New York? Because, like Caroline, Rosie is a true bibliophile and, as she says, “I always had my heart in Dorset.”
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Allan, relaxing among the books…

By |October 6th, 2014|Bookshops|1 Comment


21 East Street
Bridport DT6 3JX
Open: Mon-Sat 9 – 5.30; Sun 10-4

‘The best bookshop in town’ is the claim they make on Twitter and it’s hard to argue. Since it’s part of a chain, most of the choices about stock are made by head office, but Nick Macey, the friendly and well-informed manager, does have some autonomy and has ensured that books by local authors and on West Dorset history, walks and so forth, are in good supply, and that Waterstones participates in events such as the literary festival. The sections on children’s books and cooking are particularly strong and the recent refurbishment of the interior now allows browsing without blocking other customers.

By |October 1st, 2014|Bookshops|0 Comments