Holt Bookshop


It is with great sadness that we announce The Holt Bookshop is now closed to the public.

The imminent expiry of the lease together with the Coronavirus lockdown means that it is no longer viable to re-open the shop.

We are hopeful that a new Holt Bookshop will open close to the current site in the near future and we will provide updates on this venture until termination of our lease on July 16th.

We would like to thank all our customers for their loyal support and friendship since the shop first opened in July 2005.

We will do our best to respond to all email and telephone inquiries until the premises are finally vacated.

holt_bookshopIn an effort to safeguard the health of staff and customers during the Coronavirus outbreak, The Holt Bookshop will be closed until further notice as per the Government guidelines. We are, however, able to process orders from our wholesaler to send directly to you, and also to send out stock from the shop. We offer a local delivery service within five miles of Holt.

Staff will be available to take orders up to 3rd June on Mondays,Wednesdays and Fridays between 9.30am and 11.00am and then arrange for the books to be posted or delivered. Customers can call 01263 715858 at these scheduled times or email us at sales@holtbookshop.co.uk

holt_bookshopThe shop was opened by Stephen Fry in 2005 and was quickly recognised as one of the best bookshops in the region.

For the last two years it has been named by The Independent as one of Britain’s best 50 bookshops and it has also been commended in The Guide, The Guardian’s directory of leading independents.


Former ITN Political Editor
Michael Brunson with Alan Bennett
Holt Festival 2012

The Holt Bookshop hosts and organises a wide range of author events at the shop, Gresham's School and as part of the annual Holt Festival.

Past guests include Kate Aidie, Diana Athill, Alan Bennett, Stephen Fry, Peter Hennessy, Richard Ingrams, Alexander McCall Smith, Michael Palin, Stella Rimington and Shirley Williams.

Please see the News & Events page for details of forthcoming events and do keep up-to-date by subscribing to the mailing list.

holt_bookshopThe shop also stocks a wide range of children's books in its dedicated children's department.

During Holt Festival week actress and singer Amy Finegan can be found telling stories with her fabulous props and flair every morning.

Do sign up for the mailing list to keep up-to-date with forthcoming children's events.

holt_bookshopThe Holt Bookshop is the only bookshop in the country to stock the full range of Persephone Books and products.

Persephone Books reprints neglected fiction and non-fiction by mid-twentieth century (mostly women) writers. Their books are beautifully produced and make wonderful presents.


10 Appleyard



NR25 6AR


01263 715858



Monday to Saturday
9.00am - 5.00pm 


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"I visited The Holt Bookshop when on holiday, and was immediately taken by the wide and interesting range of books and the friendly staff. I was easily able to find a couple of books that I hadn't seen anywhere else, and when after returning home I found a minor publisher's error with one of the books, David went out of his way to sort everything out. These are the reasons why we must never lose our independent book shops – interesting books and staff who are actually interested in their customers."
Alan White