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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
£5.00

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


Wed 19th Jul, 7:15pm
£5.00

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.

 

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.

Monthly Reading Group Meeting

Mon 24th Jul, 7:00pm
Free!

Next meetings: July 24th – August 21st – September 18th

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

£6.99

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

Sam’s Pick: Walkaway by Cory Doctorow

£18.99

An exciting, thought provoking cyber thriller.

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

£12.99

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.