As well as “being surrounded by books all day” Imagined Things Bookshop owner Georgia Duffy says the best part of opening to business has been “encouraging people to read” she takes pleasure from engaging with her customers and helping them find what they are looking for. The shop cultivates a warm, friendly atmosphere and a fine range of books, where there is something for everyone. For more mature readers, I was very pleased to see parents steering their children towards Sir Terry Pratchett, pre-ordering copies of the latest hardback editions of his Discworld novels for themselves. I confess Pratchett was the beloved author that fostered my love of reading.
Indeed, the shop boasts a very healthy fantasy section. On entering the shop, to the far walls on the left, cabinets dedicated to Harry Potter merchandise and jewellery can be seen. Duffy, a Potter fan herself believes “it’s sure to satisfy the appetites of many local fanboys and fangirls and spark the interest of young people.” This gives readers the chance to visit new worlds through books, as well as old ones. The shop itself has a magical feel.
Duffy has a keen eye for detail, I noticed as I scanned the sci-fi section under Gaiman for American Gods
and Neverwhere, where I found the latter, but the former so I learned had already been snatched up. No matter, for I learnt the stores pledge: that any book can be ordered through Imagined Things and is due to arrive in stock within 1-3 working days. The shop pledge too to stock books by local authors, hire local staff and host book signings, so there will be many exciting events to come. A baby blue telephone rings. The shop stocks greetings cards by local artists, dyslexia friendly books, pocket toys, stationary, notebooks, bedtime stories and yes, even umbrellas. It is a homely, warm and welcoming place to seek refuge from this rainy weather we’ve been having recently, it residing in the sheltered part of Parliament Street, Westminister Arcade. There is an undeniably charming, retro-British atmosphere here…