We've been shortlisted for this. Yoinks. This means (apparently) that we will be mystery-shopped twice in the next fortnight as part of the judging process. I will try to remain calm and not act like a grinning, over-friendly idiot every time someone new enters the shop over the next two weeks... Congratulations to our other shortlistees: Bookstór in Cork, Mr B's Emporium of Reading Delights in Bath and Seven Stories Bookshop in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.


  1. Congratulations!

    My next question is - how does one become a mystery bookshop buyer?! I may have just found my dream job...

  2. Joy indeed. Many, many congratulations, Mark and Nicki. You really deserve this, and I am earnestly trying to 'witch' that you win.

    Surely you deserve a write-up in the local rag for such an accolade.

  3. Anonymous11:18 pm

    Congratulations, and richly deserved!

  4. Brilliant - congratulations! You've made such a difference in Abingdon, you deserve to win.

  5. It's so so well deserved.

    Can we do anything to help you on your way to winning? Can we vote for you anywhere?