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at Bookstore.

If you have been in over the past few days, you may have a clue, but PLEASE come along and visit us, and enjoy our new……


Come along on Saturday, 8th. April, and see for yourselves!






Peter Buxton

Live at Bookstore, First Sunday of every month, after lunch.


March 2017

Where’s Wally?
Well…….He’s at Bookstore Brierlow Bar on Saturday. The thing is, we do not know EXACTLY where in the shop he might be. To all you Small People- we need you to help find him, so come along on Saturday with your Big People and FIND WALLY. But listen! Come here! I will whisper you a secret. If you find him, don’t let the other Small People know. Come to the counter in the shop or the cafe and tell the Shop People where he is hiding and we’ll give you a little present!


March 2017


World Book Day is a celebration! It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.

This is the 20th year there’s been a World Book Day, and on 2nd March 2017 children of all ages will come together to appreciate reading. Very loudly and very happily. The main aim of World Book Day in the UK and Ireland is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own. That’s why we will be sending schools (including those nurseries and secondary schools that have specially registered to participate), packs of Book Tokens and age-ranged World Book Day Resource Packs (age-ranged into Nursery/Pre-School, Primary and Secondary) full of ideas and activities, display material and more information about how to get involved in World Book Day.


Thanks to the generosity of National Book Tokens Ltd, publishers and booksellers, we can send millions of book vouchers to children and young people (some 15 million, in fact: that’s one for nearly every child aged under eighteen in the country).


They can take their voucher to a local bookseller and can use it to pick one of TEN (exclusive, new and completely free) books. Or, if they’d rather, they can use it to get £1 off any book or audio book costing over £2.99 at a participating bookshop or book club (terms and conditions apply).

Bookstore Brierlow Bar is accepting these tokens!


February 2017

We are recruiting!
Are you friendly? Confident? Hard working? Then Bookstore Brierlow Coffee Bar needs you!
We are looking for experienced kitchen and cafe staff.
If you’re interested, please contact us with a brief description of your experience.


January 31st. 2017

Carole Knight Watercolours.

On sale at Bookstore.

Check out her website…


January 22nd, 2017

Bookstore BrierlowBar held a book signing event at Buxton Opera House on Sunday.


Her new best-selling book.

Ruby Wax


Ruby Wax is a much loved US born comedian, actor and writer, along with being the ‘it girl’ of mental health campaigning. She has a Master’s degree in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy from Oxford University.

This event is a follow up to her sell out touring show, and best-selling book, Sane New World, which helps us understand why we sabotage our sanity with our own thinking.

Her new best-selling book, A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled, is the basis for the discussion. Funny and insightful, this event is your passport to saner living. She might not be sane herself, but she does a pretty good imitation.


January 2017


Lovely in the coffee bar with  who dropped by with his guitar to treat us to some More to come!


January 2017




Every year we have to do a stock-take on all the items in the shop. As you can imagine this is a major undertaking involving all the staff, their families, and friends. We are going to do this in January, beginning on Monday the 16th. and hopefully finishing on Tuesday the 17th.

This year we are going to remain OPEN throughout the count, but we must let you know that not all departments within the shop will be accessible at any given time.

Over this two-day period, entry to the shop will be through the FIRE DOOR on the right of the main entrance.

The Coffee Bar will be open as usual throughout this daunting activity. Caffeine and cakes are an essential aid to counting!


December 2016



This year, for the first time, we are going to close for two days over the Christmas Holidays. Here is a complete list of our opening hours for the winter 2016 season.

Christmas Eve…9.30 until 4.30

Christmas Day and Boxing Day…CLOSED

December 27th until December 30th…9.30 until 5.30

New Year’s Eve…9.30 until 4.30

New Year’s Day …9.30 until 5.00



From January 1st until Friday,February 10th the shop will close at 5pm. every day



We’re really sorry to have to tell you all that the Christmas Trees sold out last weekend and Bill will not be at Bookstore on Sat.10th and Sun.11th as previously expected.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.




December 2016



Many of our lovely customers have asked us to bring back the eclectic collection of popular CDs which we stocked in the past, and WE HAVE LISTENED!

In the Coffee Bar Room we now have several shelves of CDs, all at £1.99, covering a selection of artists and genres.

(Just in time for that awkward stocking-filler)


December 2016



(But not quite like this one!)

On Saturday December 3rd, Sunday 4th, Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th non-drop Christmas trees will be on sale at Bookstore from 10am until 3pm.

Don’t leave it too late in the day….they sell out FAST!


October 2016


Book Clubs in Bookshops
To celebrate bookshop day, Books Are My Bag is encouraging book clubs to host their October meet-up in a bookshop; encouraging the people who love books the most to get together.
Book clubs need to find a willing bookshop and tweet us at @BooksAreMyBag #BookshopDay. The first 20 book clubs with a confirmed bookshop meet-up will receive a BAMB Book Club Goody Bag. The book club that shows the most bookshop love on social media with the hashtag #BookshopDay (e.g. by posting a book club selfie at their bookshop) will a special BAMB prize.
Bookshops: if you have or know about a local book club please let them know they could take part.


Grayson Perry

‘Pop in to your local bookshop. Book people are nice people and bookshops have become more than a place to buy books. In many small communities they are a valuable social hub for like-minded folks. But don’t forget to buy a book too!’


September 2016

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Today is Shakespeare Saturday where bookshops up and down the country are celebrating 400 years of the great bard himself. There are also some bard bags to be had so what better excuse to have a day at the bookstore?

Now I’ve read Shakespeare and there are more than a few places you can visit to feel close to the man himself and the books and plays he wrote.

If you were to do a Shakespeare inspired booktrail however, here are a few suggestions:

London  – The Globe Theatre

Now this is something special right in the heart of London – an oak-and-thatch replica of the original open -air Elizabethan theatre. It’s a work of art inside and out and the stage is very intimate and just like it would have been back in Shakespearian times. Minus the bad smells of course.

Stratford – Shakespeare’s birthplace

Now this is the place most closely associated with the great man himself. He was born in the house on Henley Street which you can now visit.

If you’re brave enough you can visit his tomb at the Holy Trinity Church but be careful as it’s said to carry a curse.

Engraved on the tomb are the words  “Good friend, for Jesus’ sake forbeare, To dig the dust enclosed here. Blessed be the man that spares these stones, And cursed be he that moves my bones.”

No one has ever dared try to move the bones.

Italy – Venice and Verona

Ah Venice  – a place I always associate with the bard and not suprisingly given that 10 of his plays are wholly or partly set in Italy. Two of these i read at school – Othello and The Merchant of Venice – that take place mostly in Venice. Perhaps the most famous play Romeo and Juliet is set in Verona and the famous balcony or rather the infavmous balcony as there are so many tourists flocking to the house in Via Cappello, 23, no one let alone two star crossed lovers would ever get a moment’s privacy on the balcony now.


Shakespeare portrays the city well. I remember reading The Merchant of Venice having visited the city many years earlier trip. As I was wandering I remembered Launcelot  saying  “Turn up on your right hand, at the next turning, but at the very next turning of all, on your left… turn of no hand but turn down indirectly…” I knew that this was probably the most accurate sense of the city’s alleyways that I would read. Maybe not the best description for a booktrail but it does evoke the city!

The Shakespearean stage

As I strolled around Venice, you really do get a sense that this is the land where Shakespeare felt something special. The canals, The Rialto bridge and of course the Jewish  community  – the Ghetto in northern Venice

But where was Othello I wanted to know? I visited Campo dei Mori ((Square of the Moors)– to see statues of figures who could well have been the man to inspire the character of Othello. The name certainly fits.

Nearby in the Church of San Giobbe, the Doge Cristoforo Moro is buried and I learned that he could have been the inspiration for the tragic hero. Not Anthony Hopkins in the BBC version I saw. No, Not him.

I was intrigued to find our that the Palazzo Contarini-Fasan is known as “Desdemona’s House” however. Not really sure why but you can imagine it when you see it for it evokes the story and the setting well.

This city really is  like a Shakespeare stage – you can sense and see him and his characters all around the Rialto bridge, alongside he canals and sitting in the palazzos

So, there are a few places you can visit to remember and experience Shakespeare but every time you open one of his plays, you’re immediately transported to his time and place via the language.  A lot of what we say nowadays is coined from his work.

“What the dickens”, “Mum’s the word” and “Eaten out of House and home” are all phrases spoken in his plays.

The Bard is definitely my bag.

Susan at the Booktrail


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September 2016


Are you friendly? Confident? Hard working? Happy to work with food? Then Bookstore Brierlow Bar Coffee Bar needs YOU!

We are looking for staff to work in the Coffee Bar three days per week; Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 9.30 until 5.30. Some catering experience would be useful, and your own transport essential.

To chat to us about this post, please telephone 0129871017, and ask for Louisa or Lisa, or send a CV or letter to Louisa McPhie, Bookstore Brierlow Bar, Ashbourne Road, Buxton SK17 9PY.


August 2016.

Weare still waiting for permission from the local authority for the completion of the kitchen in the coffee bar, and the introduction of the full menu.

Meanwhile, we continue to serve cakes, hot drinks, soft drinks and milkshakes. (Soya and almond milk available, and gluten-free nibbles!)

Opening hours:

Monday to Saturday, 9.30 until 5.00.

Sunday, 10.30 until 4.30.

August 2016.

Here are some more pictures of our NEW COFFEE BAR!


Lisa, Coffee Bar Manager




Simply precious…and exactly the kind of thing we hoped to see our little coffee bar being used for!
Thank you to our lovely customer for letting use their beautiful picture.



Lou and Mia.



The new picnic area outside Bookstore


July 2016.

We are very excited to announce that Bookstore Brierlow Coffee Bar is now open for business! Come and join us for a freshly ground coffee (we are proud to serve Fair Trade), or sample one of our Gold Award winning, loose leaf Novus teas. We have scrumptious sweet treats made by the wonderful Bridge Bakehouse too. And this is just the beginning! Over the coming months, we hope to expand our little seating area and serve light lunches such as salads, sandwiches, soups and paninis. (We will let you know when the full menu becomes available) Do come and see us soon!

YES! The coffee bar is OPEN.





June 2016.


Dear Customers,

Any of you who have visited Bookstore during the last three weeks will have seen first-hand the renovations which are ongoing in the plinth room. We had planned for all this to be completed by the Summer Holidays and the start of the Buxton Festival but sadly this has not been possible. Unexpected delays in the building work and late deliveries of equipment, both beyond our control, have left us with half a Coffee Bar (with no coffee) and a Coffee Machine (with no seating area).


One or two customers have expressed dissatisfaction at this situation. We do take your complaints very seriously. Visiting Bookstore is supposed to be a satisfying and enjoyable business. Anything which interferes with this is of great concern to staff and management, and we really do not want you all to be disappointed. All we can say is a ‘BIG SORRY’ to anyone who has been inconvenienced or disappointed by the upheaval, and ask for your patience over the next week whilst we catch up with the work and our suppliers get round to supplying.

We are sure you will all be pleased with the results of this work and we invite you back to see us when it’s all done.

Kind Regards,

Bookstore Brierlow Bar.


Michael Palin visited us at Bookstore last week after his evening at Buxton Opera House as part of his latest tour….

A Journey Through My Diaries

The Thirty Years Tour is a brand new stage show in which Michael Palin, aided and abetted by a rich and often rare archive of film, video, photos and recordings, looks back over three decades of his diaries, to mark the paperback publication of the latest volume, Travelling To Work – Diaries 1988 to 1998. From the end of the 1960s when his first child and a new series called Monty Python’s Flying Circus took their first faltering steps, to the end of a century in which Python had become the most influential comedy team in the world and Palin a hugely successful television traveller, his career is a celebration of diversity – of Ripping Yarns and Railway Journeys, of films like Time Bandits, Brazil, A Fish Called Wanda and A Private Function, of award-winning TV dramas like GBH, of novels, a West End play and even an appearance in an American courtroom to defend Monty Python.

Michael is as forthright about failure as he is baffled by success. In this two part show Michael shares with the audience the often hilarious, always honest and occasionally downright uncomfortable experiences of an ever-changing life.

Michael Palin – The Thirty Years Tour. A Journey Through My Diaries.


Academic Book Week #20ABCWorld

The top 20 academic books that have changed the world has been revealed. 

As part of Academic Book Week this November, a list of the top 20 academic books that have changed the world, as voted for by leading academic booksellers, librarians and publishers, has been revealed.

Spanning subject areas as varied as science, feminism, politics, evolution and philosophy, the top 20 list of academic books that changed the world includes titles by authors as diverse as Stephen Hawking, Germaine Greer, Plato and Charles Darwin, as well as more surprising inclusions like William Shakespeare and George Orwell.

Chosen from 200 titles submitted by publishers across the UK, the top 20 list was selected by a committee of experts invited to take part by the Booksellers Association and The Academic Book of the Future project.

The full list can be found below and voting is now open to the public.

A Brief History of Time  Stephen Hawking
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman  Mary Wollstonecraft
Critique of Pure Reason  Immanuel Kant
Nineteen Eighty-Four  George Orwell
On the Origins of Species  Charles Darwin
Orientalism  Edward Said
Silent Spring  Rachel Carson
The Communist Manifesto  Marx & Engels
The Complete Works  William Shakespeare
The Female Eunuch  Germaine Greer
The Making of the English Working Class E P Thompson
The Meaning of Relativity  Albert Einstein
The Naked Ape  Desmond Morris
The Prince  Nicolo Macchiavelli
The Republic  Plato
The Rights of Man  Thomas Paine
The Second Sex  Simone de Beauvoir
The Uses of Literacy Richard Hoggart
The Wealth of Nations  Adam Smith
Ways of Seeing  John Berger

#AcBookWeek is aimed at and created by all those who write, make, sell, work with, or read, academic books. For the first time, booksellers, institutions, publishers, librarians, authors and readers will come together to debate and bring to life the academic book in a series of coordinated events, competitions, promotions, and social media activity.

Academic Book Week is taking place from 9-16 November 2015, all over the UK and beyond.


October 28th, 2015


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‘Books are my Bag’ Off and Running!


1800 Bookshops to celebrate the start of the Christmas season on Super Thursday

Books Are My Bag festivities expected to attract Christmas shoppers

Around 1,800 Bookshops across UK and Ireland are gearing up to celebrate the start of the Christmas season with a three day in-store festivity, Books Are My Bag.

The celebrations will commence on Super Thursday (8 October), when over 500 hardback books will hit the shops, and culminate in Big Bookshop Parties on Saturday 10 October.

Hundreds of authors including Alex T. Smith, Prue Leith, and Alexander Mccall Smith will be visiting bookshops whilst the country’s top illustrators will transform shop windows across the three days.

Super Thursday will see around twice as many hard backs published in an average week, and 300 more than the following Thurs (15 Oct). Celebrities and authors releasing books include Bill Bryson, Chris Evans, Sir Tom Jones, Andrew Marr, Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, Nigella Lawson, James Martin, Gordon Ramsay, Julia Donaldson, Jacqueline Wilson, Pharell Williams and James Patterson.

On Saturday, street theatre will bring highstreets to life as ‘bookshop buskers’ are invited by The Busking Project to perform outside the stores.

Around 4,000 Grayson Perry limited edition Books Are My Bag canvas tote’s will go on sale exclusively in the bookshops, whilst 20, 000 Lauren Child Bags featuring her hugely popular children’s characters Charlie and Lola will be distributed to book lovers.

Leading illustrator Johanna Basford (Penguin RandomHouse) has designed an exclusive colouring sheet and activity pack especially for bookshops. A special Cat in the Hat trail (HarperCollins Children’s Books) will be taking place between participating local shops where customers can ‘find the cat in the hat’, a game card with fun activity, competition and space for collecting the stickers. Where’s Wally, Walker Bear and Maisy will also be popping up at bookshops around the country courtesy of Walker Books.

National Book Tokens are providing bookshops with a competition card – customers can win £200 National Book Token.

Tim Godfray, Booksellers Association said: “Bookshops are running individual events and parties across the UK so visit your local bookshop to find out what they are doing or visit”

The Books Are My Bag campaign highlights the vital role of high street and campus bookshops and builds on the last two years, which created hundreds of thousands of walking adverts for bookshops, through consumers wearing the Books Are My Bag canvas bag.

Support for the campaign this year has come from all trade publishers, including Bloombury Kids, Egmont, Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Walker Books and Usborne.

Books Are My Bag celebrates books and bookshops and the simple truth that bookshops do more physically to let people enjoy their passion for books. Booksellers, publishers and authors have come together with the country’s most iconic advertising agency to create a simple but universal message about the joy of books and bookshops. Books Are My Bag launched 14th September 2013.
Books Are My Bag 2015 takes place between Thursday 8th (Super Thursday in the publishing calendar) and Saturday 10th October for the Big Bookshop Parties. Award-winning artist Grayson Perry will be designing a limited-edition tote bag exclusively for bookshops and the design will be unveiled in October 2015.
Grayson Perry said “Pop in to your local bookshop. Book people are nice people and bookshops have become more than a place to buy books. In many small communities they are a valuable social hub for like-minded folks. But don’t forget to buy a book too!”
Dame Gail Rebuck, joint chair of the BAMB steering group, said: “After the success of the first two years, the Books Are My Bag campaign is going into its third  year gathering momentum, fuelled by the enthusiasm of booksellers, publishers and authors. We are privileged, this year, to have the support of Grayson Perry, one  of the best-known and certainly best-loved artists in Britain today, who will design a limited edition bag for the campaign.”


‘Art Out Loud’ is something to shout about at Chatsworth.



In 2015 Chatsworth is set to launch a major new literary festival ‘The Chatsworth Festival – Art Out Loud‘, running from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 September.

The three day event is inspired by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire’s passion for the arts and will feature a stellar line up of more than 20 speakers drawn from the literary world, art, tv, museums and journalism. Speakers include Turner Prize winner Grayson Perry CBE; author and filmmaker Hannah Rothschild; BBC Arts Editor, Will Gompertz; and the Duke of Devonshire who will be talking about the Devonshire Collection, one of Europe’s most significant art collections.

The Duke of Devonshire: “Over the past few years Chatsworth has developed a fantastic programme of arts-related exhibitions and events, which has been very well received. We are delighted that the Chatsworth Festival will be joining this programme in 2015, giving our visitors the opportunity to hear some of the world’s best authors, journalists and artists share their thoughts and experiences.”

Chatsworth has a long association with the literary world. The Duke of Devonshire owns the antiquarian bookshop ‘Heywood Hill’ in Mayfair where his aunt Nancy Mitford, author of ‘Love in a Cold Climate’, worked during the Second World War, while his mo Deborah Cavendish was a successful published author of more than a dozen books including ‘Wait for Me’ and ‘Tearing Haste’.

‘Art Out Loud’ is the latest addition to a burgeoning arts scene at Chatsworth and the event will run alongside the 10th anniversary of the ‘Beyond Limits’ monumental sculpture exhibition in the garden starting in September. Earlier this year the ‘Make Yourself Comfortable’ exhibition of contemporary seating takes place in the house and the ‘Grand Tour’ programme of exhibitions and events takes place in conjunction with Nottingham Contemporary, the Harley Gallery and Derby Museums.