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Blackwatertown published 23rd July 2020 in paperback & ebook by Unbound, and 27th August 2020 in audiobook by WF Howes Clipper imprint.

ISBNs: paperback 9781783529254 & ebook 9781783529247

You can pre-order or buy the paperback, ebook or audio book from these outlets. Buying local helps bookshops & your community. Or subscribe to my newsletter or email me & I’ll make sure there’s a copy for you.


Unbound (the publisher) – paperback or ebook:

Audiobook, narrated by Patrick Moy via Audible or Amazon UK.

France – Le Bookshop, Montpellier Librairie Anglophone, bookclubs and cafe.

Spain – The Bookshop, Marbella, Malaga Alicia and Derek dreamed of opening their own bookshop. Now they’ve done it. Here’s to making dreams come true! or you can have an ebook/Kindle edition.

USA: – No paperback link yet, but there is an ebook/Kindle edition available.

India: – ebook/Kindle edition here


Waterstones: audiobook & paperbacks

Northern Ireland

Books Paper Scissors, Belfast lovely bright bookshop opposite the Ulster Museum.

Bridge Books, Dromore (Co. Down) independent bookshop selling new, reduced price and pre-loved books.

No Alibis bookshop, Belfast the first bookshop to stock Blackwatertown. Am I allowed to have a favourite bookshop on this page?

The Secret Bookshelf, Carrickfergus (Co. Antrim) beautifully named and run by author Jo Zebedee.

Sheehys, Cookstown (Co. Tyrone) The largest bookseller in mid-Ulster.

Waterstones, Belfast big and has a cafe on Fountain Street.

Waterstones, Lisburn biggest bookshop in the city.

Waterstones, Newry inside the Quays Shopping Centre.

Republic of Ireland

Alan Hanna’s Bookstore, Rathmines, Dublin I used to live in the neighbourhood.

The Book Centre, Wexford comfy chairs to read in, tea, coffee, scones… sounds delightful.

Books at One, Letterfrack (Co. Galway) independent, books, coffee – “joyful, authentic, heartfelt” – Vincent & Mary haven’t completely ruled out James Joyce walking through the door.

Clifden Bookshop, Clifden (Co. Galway) in the capital of beautiful Connemara.

The Company of Books, Ranelagh, Dublin very popular local bookshop with an eclectic stock.

Dingle Bookshop, Dingle (Co. Kerry) independent bookshop at the heart of the Dingle Peninsula, a stone’s throw from the Wild Atlantic Way. Siopa leabhar neamhspleách sinn atá suite i gcroí lár leithinis Chorca Dhuibhne i bhfoisceacht urchar méaróige ó Shlí an Atlantaigh Fhiáin. 

Farrell & Nephew, Newbridge (Co. Kildare) independent and loving local writers since 1957.

Kennys Bookshop, Galway in business since 1940, known for the charming Des, with 1 million new, second hand and rare books, it’s the largest online bookstore in Ireland.

Kerr’s Bookshop, Clonakilty (Co. Cork) bright and beautiful shelves.

Liber, Sligo Brian and Ailbhe’s books and music in the heart of Yeats country.

Manor Books, Malahide (Co. Dublin) independent, warm, welcoming and relaxing.

O’Mahoney’s, Limerick booksellers since 1902!

Philip’s Bookshop, Mallow (Co. Cork) independent, family-run and also sells school uniforms.

Roe River Books, Dundalk (Co. Louth) south of the border.

Sheelagh na Gig, Cloughjordan (Co. Tipperary) books and wholefoods.


Adventure into Books, Blairgowrie, Perth & Kinross the town didn’t have a bookshop, so Kate & Ralph opened this one themselves – during the pandemic, eek! But it’s so lovely, it has thrived.

Bookpoint, Dunoon & Cowal, Argyll quirky bookshop by the Firth of Clyde.

The Dornoch Bookshop, Dornoch on the beautiful Black Isle choose a book and wander with it to the shore – you might see dolphins or an oil platform go by.

The Edinburgh Bookshop, Edinburgh “This is the kind of bookshop we’d all like to have in our neighbourhood” says The Guardian.

Highland Bookshop, Fortwilliam big, independent, with lots of Scottish & outdoorsy books. Set up by Jayne & Kevin Ramage with author Angus MacDonald.

Hyndland Bookshop, Glasgow lovely front-facing book display shelves and dog-friendly.

The Portobello Bookshop, Portobello, Edinburgh independent, welcoming, by the seaside (which is why it used to be Mick’s Tackle Shop). Or you can do it online

Tackle and Books, Tobermory, Isle of Mull the most photographed shop in Scotland. As well as books and fishing tackle, they also sell midge machines. (Open again in August.)

The Ullapool Bookshop, Ullapool (Ross-shire) near the harbour, so call in on your way to or from the ferry to the Hebrides.

The Watermill Bookshop, Aberfeldy beautiful wheelchair accessible bookshop & café.


Cover to Cover, Swansea Visit The Mumbles to find Swansea’s only independent bookshop, where they love to touch and smell books, as well as read them.


Hungerford Bookshop, Hungerford (Berkshire) an independent with two floors of books in a listed building on the High Street.

The Little Bookshop, Cookham (Berkshire) small but beautifully formed.


Chorleywood Bookshop, Chorleywood Often in the media. They do lots of events.

The Craft Beer Shop, Little Chalfont Beer from every brewery in Britain (eventually), cider and signed copies of Blackwatertown.

The Deli, Chalfont St Giles I’d like a pastry, a pasty, a coffee and a signed copy of Blackwatertown please. Yes, it’s an actual deli. A very special one.

Gerrards Cross Bookshop, Gerrards Cross Pick a book. (Might I suggest Blackwatertown?) Then read it in one of the many nearby cafes.

Marlow Bookshop, in Marlow with biscuits for dogs and sometimes cake for humans. See their dog visitors here

Waterstones, Amersham relaxed booksellers know their way around.

Waterstones, Aylesbury in the heart of the historic market town.

Waterstones, High Wycombe big and bright in the Eden shopping centre.

Yalden DIY, Chalfont St Giles friendly community-minded shop with loads of gardening and DIY supplies, and copies of Blackwatertown for sale.


Heffers, Cambridge selling books in the heart of the city since 1876.


Nantwich Bookshop, Nantwich books and a café in a lovely old building.


Padstow Bookseller, Padstow a lovely bright corner bookshop on the north Cornwall coast.

The Wadebridge Bookshop, Wadebridge a big independent bookshop on the River Camel – also sells second-hand books.


The Book Lounge, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria It’s worth crossing the Devil’s Bridge to sample the tea, cake, gifts and lots of books – which you can also acquire via this link

Fred’s Ambleside Bookshop, Ambleside, Cumbria small, independent and nestled in the heart of the Lake District. Arthur Ransome asked Fred when it opened: “Have you got all of my books in? If not, why not?”


Scarthin Books, Cromford (Derbyshire) “a bookshop for the majority of minorities” & “Britain’s most enjoyable bookshop” – big claims, but they do have a veggie café and look out over a lake.


Book Stop, Tavistock books and music, reviews and interesting reading suggestions.

Dogberry & Finch, Okehampton, Devon hand-picked, carefully curated and ever changing stock.

Winstone Books, Sidmouth official bookseller for the Sidmouth Literary Festival on the coast.


Gullivers Bookshop, Wimborne Minster www:// family run by three generations of Angels since 1969.

Winstone Books, Sherborne former winner of the Independent Bookseller of the Year.


Wivenhoe Books, in Wivenhoe (Essex) picturesque, on the coast near Colchester.


Max Minerva’s Marvellous Books, Bristol an irresistible shop name.

The Suffolk Anthology, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire independent, pretty and full of old and new favourite books.


The Bookshop, Lee-on-the-Solent, Hampshire the oldest shop in the village, a real community hub – they also hide books around the neighbourhood for readers to find.

Laurence Oxley, Alresford, Hampshire not just books, paintings too – especially Birket Foster.

Pigeon Books, Southsea, Hampshire Mel and Phil love books and love Southsea – this independent bookshop is the result!


Courtyard Books, Ledbury small, friendly, independent, in person and online. The perfect place for a good conversation.

Ledbury Books and Maps, Ledbury a big, bright independent bookshop on the very attractive High Street.


Books on the Hill, St Albans, Hertfordshire very cosy and they have a ghost!

David’s Bookshop, Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire 50,000 books, music, a cafe and a poet in residence – John Gohorry.

Our Bookshop, Tring it began as a support for the Tring Book Festival but took on a year round life of its own.

Waterstones, Hitchin books on the historic cobbled market square in the town centre.


Canterbury Christ Church University Bookshop, Canterbury, Kent the place for you if you’re a student, or even if you’re not.

Top Hat and Tales, Faversham, Kent Match your book to your hat. Or vice versa. Yes – they sell books and hats!


Number 10, Clitheroe, Lancashire one of only two bookshops in the UK specialising in contemporary and classic crime fiction.


The All Good Bookshop, Turnpike Lane / Wood Green, London a co-operative bookshop which also has a board game café in a bus.

Barnard Bookshop, Uxbridge one of the traditional shops that survives amidst the shopping centres. Plus it has its own spiral staircase.

Bookseller Crow on the Hill, Crystal Palace, London “Twee, kowtowing, conventional it ain’t. Heavy on modern fiction, American lit and crime…”

Brooks Books, Pinner, London independent, stylish – with cake, coffee and wine to accompany your browsing.

Clapham Books, Clapham, London a tiny independent, just by Clapham Common.

Daunt Books, Marylebone High Street, London All bookshops are beautiful, because – books! But this one stands out. I find it hard to walk past without going inside.

Dulwich Books, London you’ll meet a bunch of booksellers steeped in book lore inside here.

INK@84, Highbury, London books, bar, film nights – the love-child of artist Tessa Shaw and the author Betsy Tobin.

John Sandoe Books, Chelsea, London founded in 1957, inhabits a row of charming eighteenth century shops.

Lutyens & Rubinstein, Notting Hill, London They say “every book stocked has its place because somebody loves it and has recommended it.”

Muswell Hill Bookshop, London – sadly closed now, due to retirement. It had a good run though, since 1985. “The people of Muswell Hill are lucky to have this shop on their doorstep.” – Book Lover’s London guidebook.

Nomad Books, Fulham Road, London an independent bookshop with lots of room for events.

Pages of Hackney, London an award-winning bookshop on the Lower Clapton Road – friendly, welcoming, accessible and inclusive.

Pitshanger Bookshop, Ealing, London 3,000 books in stock and they’re very keen on local authors.

Waterstones, Piccadilly, London Europe’s largest bookshop apparently, with more than eight miles of bookshelves. Yum!

Waterstones, Trafalgar Square, London housed in the appropriately named and colonnaded Grand Building, a haven from the tourist and traffic whirl of central London.


The Old Hall Bookshop, Brackley, Northamptonshire a beautiful bookshop, and not just because they always have the kettle on.


The Book Case, Lowdham (Nottinghamshire) has its own book festival.


The Book House, Thame (Oxfordshire) very charming with Roald Dahl and WB Yeats links.

Blackwells, Oxford includes the Norrington Room, the world’s largest single room selling books.

Daunt Summertown, Oxford excellent staff picks.

Mostly Books, Abingdon (Oxfordshire) they have a cosy reading group.


Burway Books, Church Stretton with 6,000 books in stock in the heart of the Shropshire Hills.

Castle Bookshop, Ludlow welcoming book lovers since 1949!


Hunting Raven Books, Frome on Cheap Street, where a leat, or stream, runs down the middle.


The Cobham Bookshop, Cobham (Surrey) They love books, they love dogs, they’re by the River Mole. (I wonder how they feel about moles?)


City Books, Brighton and Hove (East Sussex) the area’s “largest and liveliest independent bookshop”.

Hastings Bookshop, Hastings (East Sussex) diverse and interesting range, close to the beautiful seafront and some very good cafes.

Rother Books, Battle (East Sussex) “a truly independent bookshop where the welcome is warm.”

The Steyning Bookshop, Steyning (West Sussex) there’s a big red book train to climb on, from where you may spot Julia Donaldson planning a singalong or an author supper.


Kenilworth Books, in Kenilworth (Warwickshire) another friendly bunch.

Warwick Bookshop, in Warwick Mog and Pauline can help you out in English, French, Italian, Polish and Russian – and that’s impressive!


Devizes Books, Devizes (Wiltshire) books and gallery in the very grand historic Handel House.


Book Corner, Saltburn-by-the-Sea (North Yorkshire) happy shop by the sea.

The Book Corner, Halifax (West Yorkshire) independent and contemporary, with a children’s bookshop called Bookworms.

Fox Lane Books, Thorpe Willoughby (North Yorkshire) pop-up bookseller and online. And this page on the Fox Lane website is particularly intriguing

Limestone Books, Settle, Yorkshire Tanya was so inspired by other indie bookshops that she opened her own. You should visit.

Read, Holmfirth (West Yorkshire) www:// an independent family bookshop with very enthusiastic booksellers.

The Stripey Badger, Grassington (North Yorkshire) books, home baking, coffee, film set, awards and a magnificent name – the Stripey Badger has it all!

The Thoughtful Spot, Skircoat Green, Halifax (West Yorkshire) very new lovely children’s bookshop that also sells some books for bigger people too.

The Whitby Bookshop, Whitby, Yorkshire quirky, independent, by the sea.

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