The Hospice bookshop is on the corner of one of the entrances to The Lanes shopping centre from the Lowther Street side.
The fiction section caters more for the popular than the literary. It is the core stock, so there’s a high quantity, and the condition is very good. The shop is, to my eye, pickier than a year or so ago, which suggests an ongoing adjustment to a tough market. It’s notable that, for example, the book stall in the covered market is no longer with us – you can’t stand still in secondhand books.
Some of the older stock gets put out at very low prices, hence the big signs on the windows to tempt buyers.
The kids’ corner is a nice touch: children can get excitable or bored, and either can be loud, so a discreet area away from the rest of the shop is a good use of the space, and it’s within eyeball range for parents browsing for themselves.
Charity bookshops don’t just sell: the Hospice shop is currently looking for more non-fiction donations, so if you’re usually a customer, why not have a rummage before you leave home?
The shop also sells puzzles, music and other non-books items.
As a part of my bigging up the secondhand bookshops in Carlisle during Borderlines, Carlisle’s book festival, here’s the Eden Valley Hospice Bookshop. It’s not in the most prominent position, so it’s easily overlooked, but if you’re planning some secondhand book action as a part of your visit to Carlisle, the Hospice Bookshop should be on your list along with those listed below. Happy browsing!
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If you’re visiting Carlisle, then you can also buy secondhand books from the Oxfam Bookshop. You might even bump into my good self! As if that wasn’t enough, you can fill up your day and shopping bags with even more secondhand books at the unfeasibly gargantuan extravaganza that is Bookcase.
For new books, Carlisle sports Bookcase’s sibling, Bookends, and a large-ish Waterstones.
There’s a Discover Carlisle site for anyone interested in non-book attractions, such as places to stay, and most importantly, pubs!