The Clocks Bookshop

Not long ago many predicted the end of books. But during the 18 months that The Clocks Bookshop has been open, book sales have boomed and at least three other independent booksellers have opened their doors in the South Island.

Store owner Ann Reeves

The Clocks has more than doubled the number of books it was carrying when it opened. It still specialises in children’s books, (classics such as Harry the Dirty Dog and The Nickel Nackle Tree, still sell well), along with cookbooks – (Romanian, Baltic or Burmese recipes anyone?), and crime books (Donna Leon, Peter Lovesey and 70+ Agatha Christie titles). But now the non-fiction and general fiction shelves are also overflowing with titles that you may not see in the mass market stores.

“What an independent bookshop can offer is discovery,” says The Clocks Bookshop’s owner, Ann Reeves. “That chance to find, via our personally curated selection, words or pictures you may very well fall in
love with.”

Ann adds of the Elmwood Village site. “We are fortunate to be here and we have such a fantastic customer base. So many people come in and say, ‘How are you going? It’s so good to have you here. Please stay.’” And they definitely are not going anywhere.



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