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Win a £50 National Book Token with Alexander McCall Smith

Celebrate the reopening of bookshops with Alexander McCall Smith. Whether they are the tiniest, much-loved independent or a local branch of a much larger chain, welcome back – we have missed you all.


“How many times do we enter a bookshop and discover an author we’ve never heard of, or a book that we would never have thought existed but that we feel we would like to read? In a bookshop, you can start a lifetime love affair with the works of a newly-discovered author, obscure or even well-known. Touching a book is usually the first step in discovering it. And that discovery may change the way you look at the world. Sometimes it can be rather like meeting the love of your life.”