The Yale bookshop of the month for September is The New Bookshop in Cockermouth, Cumbria. This enticing shop boasts an impressive selection of hand chosen books, as well as stationary and gifts – perfect for all your present buying needs. As well as browsing for books, visitors to the Cockermouth store can relax in The New Bookshop cafe, Food For Thought, which serves delicious coffee and cake. The New Bookshop hosts author events and book club evenings including an ingenious cookery book club, which allows you to sample recipes before you buy.
We asked Catherine, owner of The New Bookshop in Cockermouth, a few questions about this fabulous indie bookshop
YaleBooks: What is special about this bookshop?
Catherine: The New Bookshop is a very special independent bookshop, originally opened by my parents in 1968 and still at the same address, but greatly extended as more property to the rear was acquired. We have a lovely slate floor, with various literary words inscribed on the surface, drawing the customer right through the shop to where our dedicated children’s section & coffee shop can be found. As we are situated right in the centre of town, we are at the heart of the community and a regular meeting place for all sorts of customers. With two vibrant fiction book groups, a cookery book club, regular children’s storytelling & author events, we are doing our bit to encourage lots of book reading in our locality.
YaleBooks: If you could go for coffee and cake (in your café Food For Thought!) with one fictional character, who would it be?
Catherine: I would love to share a coffee or hot chocolate with Harry Potter!
YaleBooks: What is your favorite place to read?
Catherine: I like reading in bed best!
YaleBooks: What inspires you to sell books?
Catherine: Inspiration to sell books comes from the vast choice of books that we actually carry, or what my reps are telling me about, reading lots of proofs between us, we have great first hand knowledge when it comes to hand selling particular titles that we love. I like visiting other bookshops to see what they are doing. Reading to our youngest customers every week at story time is lovely as they all enjoy coming along and joining in and soaking up the atmosphere of a bookshop.
YaleBooks: Can you recommend a book for a rainy (Cumbrian) day?
Catherine: A few book recommendations of titles I have enjoyed recently: Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, Bone Clocks by David Mitchell, This is where I am by Karen Campbell and Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler.
YaleBooks: Dream customer – celebrity/writer/public figure?
Catherine: Just anyone who wanted me to select and sell them the books for their own library!
You can follow The New Bookshop on twitter @TheNewBookshop
The shop is open 9.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m., Monday – Saturday