Bestselling author and bookshop devotee, James Patterson, has announced the second round of independent bookshops in the UK and Ireland to receive grants following his pledge to donate £250,000 in June 2014.

Over £130,000 has already been allocated to 73 independent bookshops across the UK and Ireland following the first round of applications in September 2014. The remaining grant allocation of £120,000 has now been allocated to a further 68 bookshops, enabling even more initiatives to get underway that will help get children reading.

Donations will be used20to fund ventures ranging from refurbishment and expansion of children’s sections, to organising a bedtime reading project and pyjama day, to creating a mobile ‘book bus’. The grants will allow carpet, shelving and signage to be replaced and will ensure further outreach to local schools, as well as providing the means for in-store events and book clubs for children.

Any independent bookshop with a dedicated children’s book section was eligible for a grant of between £250 and £5,000. Patterson is committed to bringing attention to the important contributions of independent bookshops, and he is especially concerned with inspiring children to become lifelong readers. In a similar initiative in September 2013, Patterson pledged $1 million to bookshops across the US.

Following the success of this year’s grants, and the exciting work being implemented by bookshops across the country, James Patterson is also announcing a second donation of £250,000 to independent bookshops in the UK and Ireland in an unprecedented show of financial support by an individual for the sector.

James Patterson says: “I have been completely overwhelmed by just how many people have applied for the grants second time round, and yet again have been impressed and enthused by the calibre of the applications. It’s been very exciting to see the ideas from the first round in action. I have again worked to identify independent bookshops for whom this money may make a difference and I’m excited to follow their progress. I can’t wait to see what the UK and Ireland’s incredible and pioneering bookshops propose for next year.”

Tim Walker, President of The Booksellers Association, says: “We are very much looking forward to seeing the grant funding being implemented by the successful bookshops. We are thrilled that so many UK and Irish indies have shown such creativity and passion in their applications. For the lucky shops, the James Patterson money will20make a real difference to how they reach children and encourage them to read. The announcement of a further donation of £250,000 is fantastic news for bookshops and anyone who loves reading. We are delighted that James Patterson is continuing to act on his love of bookshops and his appreciation of their vital importance to cultural and community life.”

Eligible bookshops can apply for a grant via the Booksellers Association website:



The independent bookshops to be allocated grants in the second round are:

A Bundle of Books                                         Herne Bay

Aardvark Books                                              Bucknell

Alison’s Bookshop                                          Tewkesbury

Bay Tree                                                          Glossop

The Book Fayre                                              Woodhall Spa

The Book Nook                                              Hove

The Bookcase                   26nbsp;                              Hebden Bridge

Bookends                                                        Carlisle

Bookseller Crow on the Hill                           Crystal Palace, London

The Bookshop                    26nbsp;                            Loughton

The Bookshop Kibworth                                Kibworth

Bookworm Bookshop                                     Thurles

Brendon Books                                       3B        Taunton

Carrigaline Bookshop                                     Carrigaline

Castle Hill Bookshop                                      Richmond

Caxton Books & Gallery                                Frinton-on-Sea

Chapter One                                                    Woodley

The Children’s Bookshop                                Huddersfield

Choice Words                                                 Plymouth

Chorleywood Bookshop                 26nbsp;               Chorleywood

Christian Books                                              Dunstable

The Cobham Bookshop                                  Cobham

The Corsham Bookshop                                  Corsham

Crannog Bookshop  3B                                       Cavan

Deeside Books                                                Ballater

A Festival of Books                                        Chipping Campden

Forum Books                                                  Corbridge

Gerrards Cross Bookshop                               Gerrards Cross

Griffin Books                                                  Penarth

Grove Bookshop                                             Ilkley

Gullivers Bookshop                                        Wimborne

Hinton’s of Conwy                                         Conwy

Ilfracombe Bookshop                        26nbsp;            Ilfracombe

Kenilworth Books                                           Kenilworth

Liber Bookshop                                              Sligo

Linghams Booksellers                                   3B  Heswall

Liskeard Book Shop                                       Liskeard

Looking Glass Books                                      Edinburgh

Lutyens & Rubinstein                                     Kensington, London

Mainstreet Trading Company            3B             St Boswells

Melton Bookshop                                           Melton Mowbray

The Mint House Shop                                     Hustpierpoint

Mostly Books                                                  Abingdon

Mr B’s Emporium                                            Bath

News from Nowhere Bookshop                     Liverpool

Nutshell Studios                                             Billericay

Old Hall Bookshop                3B26nbsp;                       Brackley

Oswald Street Bookshop                               Glasgow

Palas Print                                                       Caernarfon

Philips Bookshop                                            Mallow

Pickled Pepper Books                                    Crouch End, London

Print Point                                                       Isle of Bute

Raven Books                                3B26nbsp;                  Blackrock

Review Bookshop                                           Peckham, London

Rickaro Books                                                            Horbury

Rossiter Books                                                Monmouth & Ross-on-Wye

Seven Stories                                                  Newcastle

Steyning Bookshop                                         Steyning

Stroud Bookshop                                            Stroud

The Ullapool Bookshop                                  Ullapool

University Bookseller                                     Plymouth

Urmston Books                                          &nbsp3B    Urmston

The Village Bookshop                                    Terenure

Wenlock Books                                               Much Wenlock

Wivenhoe Bookshop                                       Wivenhoe

The Woodstock Bookshop       &nbsp3B3B                     Woodstock

Wymondham Community Bookshop             Wymondham

The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop                      Nailsworth