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Monday, 27 June 2016

Fred Holdsworth, Ambleside bookshop, turns 60

Not long after Fred Holdsworth had turned a fish shop in Ambleside into a small bookshop, Arthur Ransome became a regular visitor. The author of Swallows and Amazons died in 1967 but you can still buy his stories in hard back here, some in their original dust jackets. There’s a lot more besides (10,000-15,000 titles) although where the cheerful and knowledgeable owner Stephen Baskerville-Muscutt finds the space for them is anyone’s guess.

Fred Holdsworth celebrates its 60th anniversary this year which, at a time when so many independent bookshops are going out of business, is certainly something to write home about. To celebrate, Steve is holding a ‘win 60 books’ competition over the summer holidays, with 10 prizes of six paperbacks each. Check website and Facebook page soon for details.

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