Matt Baxter A refreshing change from bland old Borders and Waterstone's.
Otherwise a great trip out for book lovers of any age.
Jane Hakin Stewart 43 Queen Street, Amble, Northumberland, NE5 713444A newly opened bookshop run by Beryl Hewson.
Sandra, the owner, has supported children's writing through a great short story competition and is happy to stock the work of local writers and independent publishers.
Helen Limon Alnwick Station, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 2NP01665604888According to the bumf, Barter Books is one of Europe's biggest secondhand bookshops - but it's so much more.
They support local musicians by including them in their range of CDs and also stock hand-selected art print.
This isn't the place I go to find books I want, it's the place I visit to find books I'd never thought of, or sometimes just for a chat and a browse.
It has a great selection of books for children and adults; even more impressive is the range of free literature available, dispelling many misunderstandings regarding this religion - a truly enlightening experience. Durham, DL12 0RJ01833 640373A small bookshop with lots of books, new and second-hand.
With a serene atmosphere and very friendly staff, this wonderful bookstore is a 'must-see' even if you aren't remotely interested in Islam. The proprietors are friendly and always willing to help.
You can sell them volumes you've finished with, and you're almost guaranteed to leave with more. Barter Books have an enormous collection of secondhand books and music, real fires, ginger parkins, coffee and huge old sofas in which to curl up and read.