Our Bookshop

‘Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?’ – Henry Ward Beecher

We sell books people love to read. Our books are mainly pre-loved; you might find turned down corners, underlined phrases or hidden notes because this is what book lovers do when they fall in love with delightful literature.

We also sell a few classics, who can resist those? Children’s books are always popular, the more captivating the storyline the better. We love amusing picture books too. Our ethos is to stock what we would like to find when we chance upon a bookshop whilst on holiday. We hope you will find treasures to enthrall and entertain.

Opening Times

Wed-Sat : 10am-1pm & 3pm-6:30pm
Sun: 9:30am-1pm

Our Team


I live in Dorset and until recently, was an English teacher. I love books, travel, wine, chocolate and escapism and so I was bowled over by my first visit to St Antonin. It is the most captivating, magical town and the English bookshop is a delight. Isobel and I want to create a bookshop full of interesting, contemporary and classic books for adults and children. A place that you can’t resist coming in for a quick browse. We’re not building a business but a community of book lovers who want to pass on good books. If we do make any profit from the shop, we will donate this to a place where children long for a good education. Please come and visit us! Come and enjoy the history of St Antonin, the views of the Aveyron from a canoe, the amazing Sunday market and the unique Retro cinema. We would love to meet you and would be delighted to accept any donations of books you have enjoyed.


    The word ‘bookworm’ first appeared in 1580, coined by Ben Johnson. It’s good to know that I and so many others were recognised so many centuries ago. Books were definitely my first love and are central to my life. So owning a bookshop is truly a dream come true – I have the perfect excuse for reading all day every day. I have a family, a dog and a job but my escape so often lies in the other worldliness of literature. Is there such a thing as reading too much? Well, the American humourist H. L. Mencken thought so: ‘There are some people who read too much: the bibliobibuli. I know some who are constantly drunk on books, as other men are drunk on whiskey or religion. They wander through this most diverting and stimulating of worlds in a haze, seeing nothing and hearing nothing’. Recognise yourself? I do!

    Ps I’m a bibliosmiac too – I LOVE the smell of books. I reckon there’s quite a few of those out there too, lets stand up and be counted!