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Welcome to Bookmark Spalding – Award-winning independent book shop and coffee house.

More than just a book shop! Bookmark Spalding is located in the beautiful and historic market town of Spalding in Lincolnshire. An Aladdin’s cave of books, cards, toys and unusual gifts, there is something to suit every taste.

Books and Events

We sell a wide range of titles, fiction and non-fiction, best-sellers and indie favourites. Authors regularly visit Bookmark for talks, readings and book signings.

  • Independent Book Shop

  • Reading Rooms

  • Coffee House

  • Gifts, Cards and Toys

  • Author Talks

  • Book Signings and Readings

Featured Events

With the exception of the Reading Group, most of our events are ticketed. Tickets can be reserved online, to be collected and paid for in the shop.

Christina James, Thursday 19th October 7.15pm

Thu 19th Oct, 7:15pm

Christina is re-visiting Bookmark to talk about the sixth book in her locally set crime series featuring DI Yates.

A double murder is discovered in Spalding some days after it takes place. The victims are Tina Brackenbury, the foster mother of Grace Winter, a ten-year-old who escapes the killer because she is staying at her friend’s house at the time, and Tina’s infant daughter. Four years previously Grace was the sole survivor of the horrific massacre of her mother, grandparents and sister at Brocklesby Farm in North Lincolnshire. Is it a coincidence that both of Grace’s families have now been brutally killed? DI Yates and his team face a series of apparently impenetrable conundrums.

If you are unable to attend the evening event, Christina will be here on Monday 16th October from 11am to 3pm to sign copies of her book.

An Evening with Nicholas Owen – ***date change***

Tue 26th Sep, 7:15pm


On 31 August 1997, the world was stunned by the tragic death of the most popular and photographed woman of the modern age: Diana, Princess of Wales. Now, 20 years on, Nicholas Owen has written a book that celebrates both her life and her legacy. ‘Diana: the People’s Princess’ commemorates this remarkable woman’s life from her childhood to her tragic premature death at the age of 36. Nicholas Owen was ITN’s Royal Correspondent from 1994 to 2000. He played a major part in reporting on Diana’s funeral and the years immediately following her death.

Nicholas will be here talking about and signing copies of his book ‘Diana: The People’s Princess’.

Tickets are £5 to include a glass of wine or juice.


Monthly Reading Group Meeting

Mon 18th Sep, 7:00pm

Next meetings: September 18th – October 23rd – November 20th

Staff Picks

Our staff picks can can be reserved online, to be collected and paid for in the shop.

Lucy’s Pick: Everybunny Dance! by Ellie Sandall


A heartwarming tale which is perfect for toddlers, pre-schoolers and grownups who like to smile!

Sally’s Pick: Do Not Become Alarmed By Maile Meloy


A Hugely suspenseful, page turning story with characters that feel very real, that will reach out to anyone who has ever felt responsible for keeping someone they love safe. It is a more literary novel that is beautifully written & hard to put down.

Sam’s Pick: The Floating Theatre by Martha Conway


A beautifully written, highly engaging novel.

Sarah’s Pick: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman


I began this book and thought, great, another quirky, smart, funny heroine. I laughed out loud at some of her unworldly comments. A few chapters later I realised that there was more to it than that. After another few chapters you realise that Eleanor has been horribly damaged by a difficult childhood.