Bookshop celebrates its 40th birthday

Derbyshire’s oldest independent bookshop is celebrating its 40th birthday this week with a range of celebrations.

Scarthin Books began trading in September 1974 from its premises on The Promenade at Cromford and was set up by Dave Mitchell, who still owns the shop today.

From humble beginnings selling just a few books a day, the bookshop has grown massively and now stocks around 100,000 new and secondhand books and also has a popular vegetarian cafe on one of its three floors.

Recently, it was voted one of the top ten bookshops in the world, by the Guardian newspaper.

The week of celebrations started on Monday and include selected antiquarian and special interest books being sold at (almost) 1974 prices (40 per cent off), a free prize draw with the chance to win £200 worth of Scarthin vouchers and a special anniversary quiz. The celebrations end on Saturday with a 70s-themed grand finale fancy dress day for customers and staff.

Full details of the week’s events can be found on their website

General manager David Booker says: “It’s certainly true in our case that life begins at 40!”