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The Portobello Bookshop in Edinburgh has been announced as the inaugural winner of the National Book Tokens Newcomer of the Year award. The Portobello Bookshop were selected because they've had a fantastic year, welcoming booklovers of all ages into the bookshop to buy National Book Tokens or choose a new book to buy with their gift card. Located in the seaside suburb of Portobello, the bookshop opened its doors in July 2019, bringing an independent bookshop to the thriving local community for the first time. A shiny trophy and luxury food and wine hamper are on its way to the booksellers – congratulations! National Book Tokens have been inspiring booklovers since 1932 and are the only gift cards accepted in thousands of bookshops across the UK and Ireland. Find your nearest bookshop.
The Portobello Bookshop opened in 2019 after spending six months renovating a former co-op and fishing tackle shop, transforming it into what they hope will be a much loved bookshop for years to come. They're a general bookshop, stocking a diverse range of titles, and have a strong focus on literary fiction and children's titles. If you're visiting Scotland and happen to be passing down the East Coast, pay them a visit, sit in one of their bookshelves, and enjoy a walk along Portobello's lovely beach! Visit their website.
Alice, Jack, Vanessa, Sarah and Joe from The Portobello Bookshop joined us on last year's Bookshop Day as our guest Book Doctor, prescribing the best reads for any mood or occasion. The booksellers picked five questions – all sent in by booklovers just like you – to answer. Check out their recommendations for good-but-not-gory ghost stories to up-and-coming children's books.