National win for town bookshop

Our wonderful local bookshop was honoured as the best independent bookseller in the whole of the UK and Ireland.

Sevenoaks Bookshop was named as the best independent bookshop in the south-east – and then also took the top prize at the 2021 British Book Awards.

Our festival’s past and present is interlinked with the bookshop, and Sevenoaks Literary Festival Chair Jill Webster has passed on congratulations to shop owner Fleur Sinclair and her team.

“We were thrilled to hear that Sevenoaks Bookshop has been crowned Independent Bookshop of the Year,” she said.

“Fleur and her team have done a fantastic job of keeping the Sevenoaks book-reading public entertained and stimulated during the lockdown with a wonderful programme of regular online speaker events.

"They even managed to open a new section of the shop devoted to children's literature which is immensely popular.

“The Literary Festival has had a long and close association with the Bookshop from our earliest days in 2002, when previous owner Valerie Glencross was one of our founder members. 

“We warmly congratulate everyone at the Bookshop for winning this well-deserved award and look forward to many years of working together to entertain the readers of Sevenoaks."