In 2009, I decided it was time to live the dream and open a bookshop.
Having moved to Leicestershire for my previous job in the music industry, I spotted an empty shop on the High Street of Kibworth, submitted my resignation, filled the empty shop full of books and opened the doors two weeks later just in time for Christmas.
Since then, my brilliant team and I have set up ten bookclubs, hosted hundreds of author events in the shop and in various venues in Kibworth, Leicester and Leicestershire and have founded an annual Book Festival and Children’s Book Festival.
We have won Regional Independent Bookshop of the Year, Vintage Independent Bookshop of the Year, Caboodle Bookshop of the Month, three James Patterson Awards for our work promoting children's books and the BA’s Diversity and Inclusivity Award.
None of this would however have been possible without the outstanding support of our customers. I could never have dreamed my bookshop would be such a success. Thank you to everyone for helping us to create and grow this lovely environment for all you booklovers out there.