Book shop grant will make a big difference
THE GERRARDS Cross Bookshop is one of only 62 independent book sellers to have received a national funding grant.
Thanks to the James Patterson Independent bookshop fund initiative, the shop on Packhorse Road has received money to enable it to enhance its children’s section.
Any bookshop with a dedicated children’s section was elligible for the award, which consisted of grants of between £250-£5,000.
Manager Janet Stewart said: “It’s made a very big difference to us as a shop helping children who perhaps don’t have the opportunity to buy books and have books around them. It’s been a really fantastic opportunity for us.”
She added: “James Patterson has been so generous and it’s a really amazing thing to do, especially as an American author to support British book sellers and particularly independent book sellers.
“Gerrards Cross is very lucky that it has got such a thriving independent bookshop on its high street.”
Mr Patterson, best known as the author behind the Alex Cross series of books, became the first author to win the 2016 Outstanding Contribution to the Book Industry at The British Book Industry Awards earlier this month.
Initiative: James Patterson meets recipients of his independent bookshops grants at a reception in London