It’s important to support our independent bookshops, and if you need a reminder why, just go into one. Last year I blogged about Mr Bs Emporium of Reading Delights in Bath here. During my recent Cornwall trip I discovered the Spencer Thorn Bookshop in Bude. It has a lovely feel with friendly and helpful staff. My brood was free to browse the children’s section and sit on a dinky wooden train to read, so I could look around myself. As well as a good range of fiction, the shop offers plenty of gifty delights and some very nice stationery. For me, a small collection of classic quotes on postcards provided a literary treat to bring home. Impressive and thriving. More on independents in future posts.