The first round of successful applicants in the James Patterson UK Indies Bookshop Grant Scheme has been announced and we’ve had some amazing comments in from bookshops around the country. Here are just a few.

‘Thank YOU! Thank YOU! Thank YOU! Yay! HOORAY! And Thank YOU Mr Patterson! We’ve been waiting on tenderhooks all day – what a great way to end it!’
-Hunting Raven Books

‘Thank you so much for allocating these funds to us… we’ve been on local radio and in the local paper this weekend, and a very nice journalist from The Guardian newspaper called on Friday (!)’
-Hedgehog Books

‘Thank you so much for our grant … we still can’t quite believe that our aging computer will be replaced!!!’
-Blandford Books

‘I just wanted to say a huge thank you… we can’t wait to get started on the renovations to Hagrid’s Hut!’
– Far From The Madding Crowd

‘Thank you so very, very much! I am completely overwhelmed and excited about what this means we will be able to do for the children around our shop!!’
-Wenlock Books

‘Thank you so much, this is wonderful news and I can’t wait to tell all our wonderful loyal customers.’