Member since 1974

Welcome to Burway Books an Independent Bookshop since 1974

We are an Independent Bookshop in Church Stretton in the heart of the Shropshire Hills, a haven of peace and tranquility in one of the most beautiful areas in England.

Small is still beautiful

In September 1974 a young woman called Ros whose ambition was to read every new book published realized that this was unrealistic. She decided that it would be more practical to open a bookshop instead. A bookshop in which a carefully chosen stock would reflect both the knowledge gained from her interest in reading as much as possible and interests of customer demands, which turned out to be endlessly fascinating and often quite unpredictable.

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

If You Love Books We Love You

We have OVER 7,000 titles IN STOCK and we are able to fulfil special orders from publishers’ in the UK.

Book Ordering and Book Enquiries:-

Email: Tel 01694723388 Ros and her Team will contact as soon as they can for all your book requests. Payment in advance please by card or bank transfer for ALL Book Orders.

Free Delivery within 4-5 miles of the bookshop

We can also post your orders – postage within the UK from £4 up to 2kg -deliveries may be delayed due to Public Holidays. Please Note you can now use Pickup from Burway Books by emailing or Telephone 01694 723388 and reserve your order.

You can also support us on

We are OPEN – 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday*

Christmas 2023

We will be Open on Christmas Eve 9.30 am to 4pm

*Next Public Holiday Christmas –

We will be Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Wednesday 27th December

We will be Closed New Year’s Day

We regularly update our window displays to showcase our stock to give you ideas, our bestsellers have their own display in store. Our booksellers’ recommendations are on our website which includes our online shop, Our booksellers’ recommendations are displayed on our Twitter and Instagram accounts too.

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We will endeavour to give you the best service that we can. Thank you for your continued support,

Rosalind, Alun, Ceri, and Lucy Twitter and Instagram @BurwayBooks

Burway Books is a Sanctuary like many small independent bookshops are; even when you have not been able to browse, books have been a great solace for us all through these uncertain times.

Burway Books Regional Finalist Midlands Region for the British Book Awards Independent Bookshop of the Year 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023
Burway Books – Regional Finalists – Midland 2023

We are over the moon that Burway Books has been selected a Regional Finalist for this year’s Independent Bookshop of the Year 2023. Thank you to all our lovely customers’ especially over the past two difficult years for all of us, we would not have been awarded this accolade without you.

I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” Groucho Marx

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Photos copyright: Natasha Savage, Ros Ephraim & Hilary Jones

Art Sketches copyright: Alun Ephraim

Header photo by Sabine Hutchinson

Please note: all online orders are quality checked and leave our premises in pristine condition. We will require photographic evidence of any damage occurred during transit. Refunds will only be completed when proof of damage is verified and the item returned to Burway Books. Thankyou.