Local bookshops: Foyles

Foyles Bristol

As bookshop chains go, Foyles retains the respect of booklovers by being a darn good bookshop. The Foyles in Bristol’s Quakers Friars was the first in the chain outside of London but I’m sure it won’t be the last.

I first came across Foyles when I was a magazine intern in London and I discovered this incredible series of talks run by Foyles. They have an author event almost every night. The only other bookshop I’ve known to equal it is Topping & Co in Bath.

The new Bristol Foyles store feels spacious and yet full of books. There is a fair selection of related paraphernalia – notebooks, diaries, games, postcards – but these are so well chosen, not to mention well designed, that I’ll forgive them using up floorspace that could have gone to books.

Pretty things from Foyles

This is not the place to go to get the latest celebrity autobiography or 3 for 2 chicklit. The “top ten” and “staff picks” bookcases showcase mostly literary fiction, including a few titles I’d never heard of. There is a surprisingly large cookery section, including a display of the new Penguin Great Food series. In fact, there was a certain emphasis on this current trend for beautiful books, which I am all in favour of. I picked up a few pretty tidbits for forthcoming birthdays in addition to some books for me.

I’d still like to see more independent bookshops out there but I do think Foyles is a welcome addition to Bristol.

Foyles, 6 Quakers Friars, Cabot Circus, Bristol, BS1 3BU

3 thoughts on “Local bookshops: Foyles

  1. gusset August 16, 2011 at 9:41 am

    I’m glad the upstairs is open now, it’s opened up downstairs a bit more. Although it still smells of fresh paint and gave me a headache, so I left with only two books. Wonder how that would’ve differed if I weren’t rushing due to the smell?

  2. Laura September 5, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Hello Nose In A Book!

    Just came across your rather lovely post about our Foyles in Bristol. I’m lucky enough to work there, and even luckier to be a part of a shop that gets wonderful folk like you, to write lovely blogs like this!

    Thank you – hope to see you in again soon!!


  3. Nose in a book September 6, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Laura Hello! Glad to hear from you and I will indeed be dropping by soon!

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