Review of small press and independent books.
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43, Robertson Street,
Olio Books is owned and run by Mr and Mrs Rees. It was established in December 1981 and quickly became a draw for ‘real’ readers looking for something different from the books found in chain stores. Titles not in stock are speedily supplied at no extra cost. The atmosphere of the shop is informal and friendly and it is a good place to pick up local, literary gossip. The owners of Olio Books are very supportive of local and regional writers. In all but the worst weather they have a remainders stall outside the shop which has the effect of drawing in passing trade. There is a good amount of this as the shop is about 100 yards from Hastings Public and Reference Library, which is also an IT training centre.
R.I.P Olio Books, and a long and happy retirement to Mr and Mrs R.
Hastingsers, this week is your last chance. What are we going to do? Anyone fancy running an independent bookshop in Hastings?
There's still Salmons on the seafront at White Rock - which is also a post office by the way, so next time you see a huge queue in the town centre post office, why not go round the corner to Salmons and check out the books while you're there!