Christmas Decorations: Bookshop windows at Christmas.

No 1: Number Seven in Dulverton, Somerset.

Number 7 Dulverton

Number Seven is more than just a bookshop. They are a gallery with books, a bookshop with paintings. Dressed for Christmas Number Seven invites people in to a warm emporium of beauty on a cold winter’s day. They have beautiful cards, gifts, wrapping, art, and signed books from myself and Catherine Hyde. Also a few original paintings.

Painting in teh window of Number Seven


No2: Librarie Papeterie in Ornans, France. ( Where they still have the net book agreement and understand that by doing so they can foster a love of good literature as best sellers can help publishers take risks on new talent.)

French bookshop


No 3: Fannie and the Fox, Penryn, Cornwall.


Beautiful window, created by Pam and Rebecca Sims using light, paper and topiary foxes with crowns. They have Catherine Hyde’s prints and both Catherine’s and my books, all signed and waiting to become presents. Rebecca does the most marvelous small box pictures, like tiny versions of this that are far to cheap for the amount of work that goes into them. They are small boxes of delight. If you look through this slide show you will see more that is beautiful.¬†Great place. Well worth a visit. Lovely people.

No 4: Cover to Cover, Mumbles, near Swansea.

mumbles poster

Lovely to have so many books in the window in Mumbles at Cover to Cover.

I’ve worked with Sarah before and love going to the bookshop. Last weekend I sat in the shop and painted for her and met some wonderful people, some who were fans of authors I have worked with, all who have a passion for books.

Cover to Cover in Mumbles is a wonderful example of a bookshop that looks at Amazon and then gets on doing it’s job, which is providing a wonderful window for great books, a place to browse and find new and interesting things. Sarah was quoted in an article about Amazon in The Guardian. Amazon are beginning to be the organisation that everyone loves to hate. They march into countries on the backs of government subsidy, provide low paid jobs, bully their staff in Dickensian ways and have an awful reputation. They are like modern day pirates as they take all their sales and then sail off with their profits paying no taxes and laughing all the way to the bank, and still people buy from them. Meanwhile bookshops get on doing what they do well and trying to make a living. Sarah’s quote at the weekend that I remember most is, ” We can’t fight Amazon and we can’t change what they do. All we can do is keep on doing what we do and finding new ways to do it better.”

It was #ShopLocalSaturday. Many people did. Should be #ShopLocalSaturday every day.

No 5: The Bookhouse, Thame.



I love the map book that is next to Golden Hare. Bought a copy for Charlie, Robin’s grandson.

No 6: Wenlock Books Much Wenlock.

I went to Wenlock Books in the autumn. A wonderful bookshop with new and second hand books. Great window for Christmas.

Wenlock Bookshop Christmas window with a tree of books and lights

About Jackie

I am an artist and writer. I live in a small house by the sea in Wales where I write, paint, walk and watch and dream of bears and whales. I love to read, have a wish for wings and prefer the company of animals to that of humans, though at times I can be quite friendly. I am learning how to work with wood engraving tools and hoping to show that you can teach an old dog new tricks.
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2 Responses to Christmas Decorations: Bookshop windows at Christmas.

  1. Val says:

    That Window looks so inviting!

  2. Jan says:

    I’m in Dulverton at the moment, and fell in love with that picture – the first art of yours I’ve seen! Is it available as a print? I’d love to buy it, but sadly ¬£3000 is a little beyond my budget :( I’ve bought a copy of East of the Sun and a set of postcards to keep me going!

    I keep walking past and drooling …

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