If you walk a short way from New Street Station in Birmingham to 24-26 High Street – you will find a gorgeous bookshop: Waterstones
I was so surprised and delighted by it – no wonder they have over twenty thousand people visiting the shop EVERY week. (This branch opened a year ago)
It has six floors, I think… each is incredibly well stocked with a single copy of so many books it reminds me of the very best of libraries; especially as it has armchairs on every floor, and desks – many of which were filled with young people on their adults, when I visited.
There is a great cafe, and also a cafe specifically catering for children on their children’s floor.
I felt relaxed and free to browse, but when I asked for help it was informed, useful, friendly help.
They are running some wonderful events there.
And NOW – they are stocking Fair Acre Press books:
Wilderland- wildlife and wonder from the Shropshire Borders – Andrew Fusek Peters
I once knew a poem who wore a hat – Emma Purshouse and Catherine Pascall Moore
Sitting Ducks – Lisa Blower
Thank you Waterstones Birmingham, and Stuart Bartholomew in particular for you extraordinary support. Nadia x