Welcome to Burway Books

An Independent Bookshop in Church Stretton in the heart of the Shropshire Hills, a haven of peace and tranquillity and one of the most beautiful areas in England.

We will always be here to help you chose the perfect book as a gift for others or yourself; to offer recommendations and suggestions. But we will always leave you free to choose whatever you please; we don’t judge, we don’t discriminate and all are welcome.


Burway Books Response to COVID-19 (coronavirus) – Updated 11th May 2020

Let’s begin by stating that WE STILL SELL BOOKS and will endeavour to give you the best service that we can.

Our service we are able to offer will be limited by the fact that our suppliers have furloughed staff,  distributing books will be slower than usual.  We will be reviewing this situation daily, but until further notice this is how we will be working:

1. Our bookshop in Church Stretton (but NOT our business) is temporarily closed to the public;

2. A member of staff will be available 10am to 1pm from Monday – Saturday to take your orders by Tel 01694 723388 (or you can leave a message), or anytime email ros.burwaybooks@btconnect.com or text Ros on 07739813362. In lieu of being able to browse our shelves we will be taking photographs of the books on our shelves and posting these images on this website (on the BLOG page), Twitter and Instagram. We will vary the genres ….. but please ASK if you would like to see our selection from a different genre and we will send it to you as soon as we can. 

We have OVER 5,000 titles IN STOCK and we able to fulfil orders although delivery will be slower from our suppliers than pre the Covid 19 crisis.

We will also be updating our window display regularly to showcase some of our books and give you ideas and recommendations. Our website, Twitter and Instagram accounts will also be updated regularly with recommendations etc.

3. Payment can be made by card, or bank transfer. We can deliver books locally or we can post them. Postage within the UK and local delivery will be FREE OF CHARGE* (*PLEASE NOTE: books will be sent FREE by Royal Mail Second Class post – there will be an additional charge if you wish them to be sent First Class. Free P&P does NOT apply to books that exceed the weight and/or size limit for Royal Mail Small Parcels – we will discuss this with you when you place your order and let you know the cost).

4. We can post or deliver your book supplies. Collection from the bookshop will be available as soon as regulations allow.

We hope that you will understand why we have had to take this decision: preventing the spread of this disease and keeping our staff and customers safe has to be our priority. Now more than ever we need your support.

Thank you, and Stay Safe

Rosalind, Hilary, Gwen, Alun and Emma

Contact details:
Telephone: 01694 723388 messages will be collected and responded to as soon as possible by Ros.

mobile 07739813362 text only please

email: ros.ephraim@btconnect.com

Website www.burwaybooks.co.uk
Twitter: @BurwayBooks

Office Hours

Monday – Saturday

10 am – 1 pm

…which includes details of our Book Group and our current bestsellers.

“And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.

“And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.

“And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they too had been healed.”

~Kitty O’Meara

Burway Books is also a Sanctuary of sorts; there is a wonderful aura in the building we now occupy, although we do have a friendly imp who occasionally rearranges our books!

Locals and visitors alike love to visit us, and as they do they are more than welcome to browse the bookshelves, to rest on the variety of cushioned chairs and stools – there is even a little stool for the littlest person – while lying on the floor reading is another option. We could have ‘mood’ music but we don’t as it’s too distracting; the music of words on the page is the option here.* It is a warm and friendly environment – in many respects cwtch! – in which you can spend time browsing. We do our best to align the stock to our customers’ needs, and after over forty years we hope we can share our knowledge with you!


Burway Books Regional Finalist Midlands Region for the British Book Awards Independent Bookshop of the Year 2019 & 2020

The judges said, “Making the regional shortlist is a tough feat: we received a huge number of fantastic entries this year so it really is a big achievement to make it to the shortlist”.

We are extremely proud to have made it onto the shortlist.

“Thank you for all your testimonials it has been so heartening to know that we’re giving the right service to the Burway Books community” – Ros

‘What are those blue remembered hills,

What spires, What farms are those?…’ 

‘A Shropshire Lad’ XL by A. E. Housman


Photos copyright: Natasha Savage, Ros Ephraim & Hilary Jones

Header photo by Sabine Hutchinson www.virtual-shropshire.co.uk