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.

An Evening of Poetry with Ross McGivern Wednesday April 19th, 7.15pm

£5.00

The Featherstone Readings is a self-published collection of poems put together with paper and card, saddle-stitched beneath a dim reading lamp testing the patience of the author’s humble printer and thumbs! This chapbook is Ross’ first collection of poems, written between 2015 and January this year. Like any self-respecting poet his work covers his relationship with his environment, love and loss in an honest, sincere and self-deprecating manner. Ross lives in Spalding with his wife and menagerie of cats and hens.

Frank White Book Signing ‘There Was A Time’

Tue 4th Jul, 11:30am
Free!

Frank White, who was born in Manchester in 1927, now lives with his wife June in Lincolnshire, midway between Cleethorpes and Louth. He is a veteran of the wartime British Pacific Fleet. He has contributed essays and short fiction to numerous magazines and is the author of two novels and a short book on the First World War. Other work includes a dozen plays for stage and radio, and material for BBC television. In 2013, realising that the world was no longer full of people who could write at first-hand about the Second World War, he spent the summer working on There Was a Time.

From an author who lived through – and served in – the conflict, a brilliant novel set in an English village at a turning point of the Second World War. A Lincolnshire village on a glorious summer’s morning in 1940, the countryside as still as a painting. In the blue sky above, the fate of the whole war will soon rest with the RAF and their desperate effort to win the Battle of Britain. If they fail, Hitler’s next step will be invasion. And as the scene comes to life before us over the next six months, this shadow of war will not disappear – the conflict will take husbands and sons away, bring in evacuees from the city and soldiers to defend the coast. There will be more money from war work, but less to spend it on – legitimately at least. Everywhere, the feeling of change is in the air. From the pub to the church, the humblest cottage to the biggest farm, from a struggling single mother to the lady of the manor, the paper boy to a traumatised bomb disposal volunteer, this superb jewel of a novel portrays a community of people and weaves together their stories with passion, betrayal, intrigue and suspense. There Was a Time is a triumph of the storyteller’s art.

World Book Night

Sat 22nd Apr, 6:00pm
Free!

World Book Night is an annual celebration of books and reading. We will be hosting our annual party where we will be giving away our extensive collection of pre-publication proof books. Come along and enjoy a free glass of wine while choosing a free book to take home. It’s the perfect opportunity to try a new author or read something completely different!

Monthly Reading Group Meeting

Mon 17th Apr, 7:00pm
Free!

Next meetings:  February 13th, March 20th & April 17th

Staff Picks

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

Amelia’s Pick: I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

£7.99

Written and illustrated by award winning duo, Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell, this book has the makings of a modern classic.

Lucy’s Pick: Dinosaur Roar!

£5.99

My children loved this! Both my own and the ones in school. The simple cheerful rhyming text in this modern children’s classic is perfect for reading aloud. Small

Sally’s Pick: The Caller By Chris Carter

£16.99

Tanya Kaitlin is looking forward to a relaxing night in, but as she steps out of her shower, she hears her phone ring.  The video call request comes from her best friend, Karen Ward.  Tanya takes the call and the nightmare begins.

Sam’s Pick: Anatomy of a Soldier by Harry Parker

£7.99

Unusual, moving and unforgettable!

Sarah’s Pick: The Wild Garden

£12.99