No Ordinary Bookshop!

We’re a small, friendly, family-run business located in the beautiful South Somerset market town of Ilminster.  We started off as a bookshop in 2011 and in 2014 we added a selection of amazing premium wines and local ciders and ales.   We sell a broad range of fiction and non-fiction books for all ages, greeting cards, maps.   If we don’t have the book you’re looking for we’re happy to order it for you and can usually source most in-print books within a week.  We also order in second-hand books, and new DVDs and CDs at request.   We currently stock over 100 English and international wines and spirits, and selection of local ciders and ales.

Our opening hours are generally 9:30am to 5:30pm Monday through Saturday, although we sometimes may close for a half hour in the afternoon for the school run.

Summer wines!

Whether you’re looking for an easy drinking tipple for those lazy hot summer days in the back yard or to serve at a barbeque, come in and check out our range of wines.  We have wines for all price points from or new budget range (pictured) at £4.95 a bottle, up to £30 or more.  We’re happy to recommend a wine that we think you’ll enjoy, whether by itself or with a meal.

Calling all aspiring writers!

It’s said that we all have one book within us.  But the hardest bit is getting it published.  While self-publishing is always an option nowadays, many aspiring authors may not want to go that route, preferring to find a publisher to handle the proofing, printing, and marketing.  But how to improve your chances of getting your manuscript accepted in an ever more cut throat industry?

The Ilminster Literary Festival recently hosted well-known author Fay Weldon, whose bibliography includes such well known books as The Life and Loves of a She Devil, and the Love & Inheritance Trilogy.   Now Fay has written a book addressing the problems that every new (and perhaps not-so-new) author faces in persuading a publisher to take up their work.  Whether it’s problems with the book itself, or problem with its presentation to the publisher, Ms Weldon takes the hopeful author through the steps necessary to improve his or her chances at reaching that goal.

Why Will No-one Publish my Novel will be available as of 12th July 2018.  RRP  £12.00.

Fake it ’til you make it!

After several years of being out of print , The Bluffer’s Guides are back!   Now you can impress your friends with your knowledge of opera, or bore your significant other with the finer points of beer.  The Bluffer’s Guides are published by Haynes Publishing Group, and they will be adding new titles every month.  They’re published in a standard paperback format and are priced at a very affordable £6.99.

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