Welcome to Burway Books

A Proudly Independent Bookshop in the in the heart of the Shropshire Hills – ‘Witchend‘ Country Malcolm Saville’s Lone Pine Country.

We are open six days a week and have a superlative reputation for our speedy and efficient ordering service and extensive book search facilities.


‘What are those blue remembered hills,

What spires, What farms are those?’ 

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

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

Church Stretton is in the heart of the Stretton Hills, a haven of peace and tranquillity and one of the most beautiful areas in England.

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!

We will be always 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.

*Though we do also sell – and can order for you – music!

Hours of Opening Christmas and New Year

Monday – Saturday: 9.15 am – 5.15 pm

Sunday 17th December: 11.00 am – 4.00 pm

Christmas Eve: 9am – 5pm

28th  – 30th December: 9.15 am – 5.15 pm

New Year’s Eve: 10am – 4pm


Here is a short interview with Ros and Heather (as part of the Books Are My Bag 2015 Campaign) talking about the shop and various aspects of a bookseller’s daily life.

We all love this poem and no bookshop should be without a copy of ‘The Giraffe, The Pelly and Me’

“We have tears in our eyes
As we wave our goodbyes,
We so loved being with you, we three.
So do please now and then
Come and see us again,
The Giraffe and the Pelly and me.

“All you do is to look
At a page in this book
Because that’s where we always will be.
No book ever ends
When it’s full of your friends
The Giraffe and the Pelly and me.”
by Roald Dahl – Published by Puffin Books

Photos copyright: Natasha Savage, Ros Ephraim & Hilary Jones