So here goes, we’re starting a blog. The question whether to blog or not is a tricky one. On the one hand, if you’re any good at it, it can be incredibly valuable and probably quite fun! However, if you are a reluctant blogger, will it be of any value? And will it feel like pulling teeth?

So throwing caution to the wind, here is our blog about the ins and outs and ups and downs of running an independent bookshop.

The thing about running an independent bookshop now is that you are no longer just a bookseller. We have all had to diversify and at Barnes Bookshop that has largely meant toys. So yesterday we received our first order of wooden toys from a new company called Orange Tree Toys and later today we are expecting some Jellycat product. Although we love the books, secretly we love the toys too and are looking forward to playing with them!