Book shop grant will make a big dif­fer­ence

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - COMMUNITY -

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

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