GRASSINGTON’s Stripey Badger Bookshop has re-opened with a new one-way system, a ‘call-to-collect’ table, and a brand new book club which embraces the online events and ‘zooming’.

In The Stripey Badger Armchair Travel Book Club readers are invited to travel around the world by reading from a specially curated selection of books from six continents. The books selected for the book club range from inspiration travel writing from all corners of the world, to classic literature and exciting fiction. Award-winning books both new and old will sit side by side with soon-to-be-published fiction and non-fiction.

Bookshop owner Linda Furniss said: “The new ‘Armchair Travel Book Club’ will take our readers to faraway places without ever leaving their armchair.We’ve been intending to start a book club for a long time and this will take members around the world when real travel is difficult.”

Book club members will be able to meet via zoom (and in the open-air when possible) – and there will also be regular online events from experts to match a wine with your book, travel inspiration and cookery from around the world not to mention an online author event or two!

Passports will be issued when joining, and visa stamps issued each time a book has been read from a continent. Travel around the world once to get a tote bag filled with goodies; travel around the world twice to be in with the chance of winning prizes in our travel prize draw.

Full details of our books selected for our book club will be in the bookshop and published on our soon to be live website, facebook and Instagram social media.

The Stripey Badger has taken all the advice available for the safety of both staff and customers in respect of Coronavirus. The shop has been arranged so that a one way system can be used with a maximum of 3 people in the shop at any one time. A new table has been installed by the door for call-to-collect pre-orders or to place an order, for those customers who do not wish to spend time browsing.

You can call into the shop to buy, order then call-and-collect, or we can post. You can order the books by phone, email, website (live shortly) or via Facebook Messenger.

The bookshop reopened on June 15 on reduced hours (11am to 3pm) and will, after the first week, be open five days a week from Thursdays to Mondays. The coffee shop and kitchen will be open in July, in accordance with Government guidelines.