I'd always had this ridiculous pipedream about running a bookshop (with a cafe!) ever since visiting Barnes & Noble in Boston in about 1978. I got somewhat diverted by a career in the education service in Manchester (for 20 odd years) so it came as a fantastic liberation to leave the security (lol) of the public sector and set about creating Simply Books from scratch!
My own reading interests tend to modern literary fiction, with a smattering of history and politics. I love talking about the books I enjoy (if you've been in the shop you may have witnessed this - sorry!).
I wasn't going to be involved on a day-to-day basis with the shop - my plan was to continue within the education sector to put food on the table! Over the summer before we opened I got hooked!
Designing the shop with a blank piece of paper was brilliant, managing the builders not so much fun but good practice for keeping Andrew in line!
My favourite books? - A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry) and anything by William Trevor.
I too like talking about the books I've enjoyed and sharing them with other people. My favourites? Books with strong female protagonists!
Independent Bookseller of the Year 2009
Simply Books bookshop and cafe is located in the centre of Bramhall Village, Cheshire. Our independent bookshop continues to be a very exciting venture for us – every day really does bring something different!
We're passionate about what we do - creating a bookshop which is very much at the heart of the local community. Over the years we have built a reputation with our customers for excellent service, imaginative events and creating a buzz about books.
We're award winning!
Independent Bookseller of the Year 2008
Children's Independent of the Year 2006
(best in the UK!)
Independent Bookshop of the Year 2007 (best in North & Scotland)
Independent Retailer of the Year - Stockport Business Awards 2012
Andrew as he is now!
Cute or What!
The Risk Taker!
Sue as she is now!