Being a Bookseller must be an even more precarious life than that of an indie-author. I have visited a number of web pages of fabulous-looking bookshops, only to find that they only exist in a virtual world. One in the Borders called ‘FounditatLast’ – in the back of beyond – had turned into a smithy and storage room!
Other bookshops find a way to flourish, like the fabulous Damascus Drum in Hawick and Mainstreet Trading Company in St Boswells. A cosy community cafe atmosphere in both is very welcoming.
I was on a pilgrimage, marketing my book ‘Border Brothers,’ set on Soutra in the Borders, so I’m getting to know my patch.
The beautiful House of Soutra Cafe – on the A68 just below Soutra Aisle – is a delightful place to stop for coffee and sticky cakes and buns. And it stocks some local books too, including mine!