Much Ado Books

Much Ado Books – Alfriston’s award-winning independent bookshop – offers a hand-picked selection of new and old books. Our shop is located in a Victorian barn, with books displayed on two floors. 

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We have a special interest in books by and about the Bloomsbury Group, and  also love to carry an assortment of current fiction, children's books, art books, history and much more besides. We love to discuss reading and offer our thoughts on choosing gifts or reading for customers – and we display books with relevant reviews from different sources to help our customers choose.

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You will find Much Ado at the top of a charming garden, which is overseen by a trio of hens. To find the shop, you will first pass through our Book Bower, featuring an array of secondhand books and ephemera.  In the yard you can stop in at our shepherd’s hut, Words on Wheels, which is filled with a generous range of vintage books.  You will also be tempted to relax on our hand-carved book bench, created by artist Keith Pettit.

Besides Much Ado, you will find another centre for book-lovers in Prospero’s Project, which occupies a building at the bottom of our yard and is home to our old and antiquarian books, suitable for readers as well as collectors.

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We also display a unique collection of  bookarts, with a paper trail available to guide you through it. The assembly is highlighted by a specially commissioned piece by artist Su Blackwell, which she made with books from five centuries – and which includes silhouettes of herself and her daughter, as well as some of our customers!

We host author talks, book group discussions, craft workshops and other activities on our first floor. And authors can take advantage of a private writing room that includes prompts for moments when writers’ block hits. 

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Prospero’s Project supports our Social Enterprise, with a £2 door charge that is refundable with purchases of £10 or more. 

It is also the meeting place for Much Ado’s Readers Club. Members enjoy a 20% discount on purchases, early access to upcoming events, special celebrations, and monthly salons. They also enjoy free use of the meeting space and the writers’ room, not to mention endless cups of tea.

The shop is open Monday to Friday from 10 until 5pm; Saturday from 10 to 5:30pm and Sunday from 11 to 5pm .

West Street
01323 871 222