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 12th June 2020

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

We have OVER 6,000 titles IN STOCK and we are able to fulfil orders although delivery will be slower from our suppliers due to current government guidelines.

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

We are now OPEN to All Humankind  

Bookshop Hours

Monday to Saturday 10 am – 3 pm

In accordance with government guidelines:-

FIVE STEPS FOR CONSIDERATE SHOPPING:

  1. Queue considerately

  2. Maintain social distancing

  3. Follow instructions inside and outside shops

  4. Follow all necessary hygiene measures

  5. Be respectful to shop staff

BROWSING – A MAXIMUM of TWO people may browse for 10 minutes ONLY please telephone 01694723388 to book a slot on the day; appointments from 11.30am to 2.30pm Mon-Sat

BOOK ORDERING – Telephone Ros 01694723388 (you can leave a message) or Email ros.burwaybooks@btconnect.com or Text 07739813362 Ros will contact as soon as she 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 post your order – postage within the UK £3.00 up to 2kg Mail Small Parcel.

 

Thank you for your continued support,

Ros and Team Burway Books

www.burwaybooks.co.uk Twitter and Instagram @BurwayBooks

 

“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