2018 marks a very special moment in the history of our shop because later this year The Grove Bookshop will celebrate its 40th Birthday. We have come a long way since 1978 when the shop first opened its doors to the bookbuyers of Ilkley.

Mr and Mrs Townson launched The Grove Bookshop after taking over premises which had previously been a bakery, a piano and cycle repair shop, a wine and tobacco importer and, for most of the 1970s, a men's clothing retailer, all the time retaining the glorious 1920s frontage which survives to this day.

In 1987 the Townsons sold the bookshop to Andrew Sharpe, who ran it for the next fifteen years, incorporating his antiquarian business which is now located at Bolton Abbey, just a few miles away. Over this time the shop became well-known across the North of England for its charm, popularity and carefully-selected stock.

Soon after Kevin Ramage took over the reins in 2002, we became the official bookseller for the ever-growing Ilkley Literature Festival, and this relationship has gone from strength to strength ever since. In recent years we have twice been shortlisted in the regional section of Independent Bookshop of the Year and we are looking to the future with excitement and enthusiasm.

Here's to another 40 years of bookselling in Ilkley!


world travel

Wed 3rd Oct 18

This year, we have expanded our world travel section, adding lots more travel guides, sumptuous coffee-table books and beautiful globes. It has moved downstairs, alongside our music department. ..read more

Festival 2018

Wed 3rd Oct 18

The 2018 Ilkley Lit Fest is underway! So far, we've enjoyed wonderful events with John Simpson, Nadiya Hussain, Patrick Gale and many more. Grove Bookshop will be at most of the events, come over and say hello. There are lots of fantastic events still to come with tickets available for many. In the shop, we will have signed books after most of the events, but in limited stock, so come soon to avoid disappointment! Visit the Festival website for more information about the speakers. www.ilkleyliteraturefestival.org.uk ..read more

Europe by Rail by Nicky Gardner and Susanne Kries

Wed 29th Nov 17

Everything you could wish for to speed you through Europe with a friendly and knowledgeable guide. ..read more

Common Ground by Rob Cowen reviewed.

Wed 5th Aug 15

A breathtaking look at the edgelands of a North Yorkshire town. ..read more

In Love and War by Alex Preston

Fri 3rd Jul 15

Alex Preston's book is out in paperback. ..read more

"Ravilious" by James Russell, paperback, £25

Mon 20th Apr 15

Although the artist and designer Eric Ravilious died before the age of forty, his watercolours and engravings are among the most recognisable work of the first half of the twentieth century. ..read more

Time and Time Again by Ben Elton

Wed 4th Feb 15

Time travelling romp with a First World War theme which takes the reader on a thrilling ride through history. ..read more

New Wilfred Owen Biography

Mon 7th Apr 14

Read our review of Guy Cuthbertson's excellent new biography of the soldier poet. ..read more

Book Review - Life After Life

Mon 3rd Mar 14

Kate Atkinson's wonderful book is now out in paperback ..read more

The Joys of Winter

Mon 4th Nov 13

There has to be an upside to these long, dark nights. ..read more

David Hockney Special Edition

Tue 16th Jul 13

We have a limited edition of Hockney's Yorkshire book which sold out of its entire print run last year. ..read more

Competition Time

Mon 24th Jun 13

Win prizes in our two exciting Summer competitions ..read more

Not Just the Brontes

Mon 3rd Jun 13

Join Ann Dinsdale from the Bronte Parsonage and learn about the other inhabitants of the house in Haworth ..read more

Sweethearts at The Grove

Fri 10th May 13

On Thursday evening we had an evening of wine, chocolate and memories. ..read more

Women's Prize and Headingley Ghosts

Wed 17th Apr 13

The Women's Fiction Prize shortlist was announced this week, and a haunting new book about Yorkshire cricket arrived on our shelves. ..read more

Spring on The Grove

Mon 8th Apr 13

The sunshine this weekend gave us a welcome glimpse of what Spring is supposed to look like ..read more

Easter is Here

Fri 29th Mar 13

We have lots of treats in store for Easter shoppers, and we're open all weekend. ..read more

Ms Atkinson's Feeling for Snow

Fri 22nd Mar 13

Snow is falling on Ilkley, making the sloping streets pretty but precarious ..read more

Persephone and Peirene Press

Wed 6th Mar 13

We have a selection of beautifully produced books from these two small publishers. ..read more

Meet Kate Atkinson

Wed 23rd Jan 13

Kate Atkinson will sign copies of her new book in March ..read more

Huge Sale Bargains

Fri 18th Jan 13

Lots of books and music at bargain prices in our great value sale! ..read more

An Indian Feast

Mon 12th Nov 12

Come and sample food from the acclaimed Indian vegetarian restaurant, Prashad, and pick up a signed copy of their great new cookbook. ..read more

Yorkshire Book Signings

Wed 17th Oct 12

Poet Ian McMillan and artist Ashley Jackson will be visiting us to sign copies of their new books. ..read more

Two great authors at The Grove

Thu 14th Jun 12

Peter Robinson and Gervase Phinn will be visiting us to celebrate Independent Booksellers' Week. ..read more

Titanic Quiz Evening

Tue 6th Mar 12

Join author Leah Fleming for a Titanic-themed evening ..read more

French Music at St Margaret's

Wed 22nd Feb 12

A French themed concert with refreshments ..read more

Beer Tasting with Simon Jenkins

Mon 16th Jan 12

Come along to The Grove Bookshop and enjoy a taste of various local beers with ale aficionado Simon Jenkins. ..read more

Christmas at The Grove

Fri 4th Nov 11

We have a host of Christmas gift ideas ..read more

Travels in Blood and Honey

Thu 13th Oct 11

Meet Elizabeth Gowing and learn about the pleasures and pitfalls of living, and keeping bees, in Kosovo ..read more

Literature Festival News

Wed 3rd Aug 11

This year's Ilkley Literature Festival includes some big names from the world of books. ..read more

Court on Canvas Book Launch

Tue 5th Jul 11

Come and enjoy the launch of a great new book celebrating the history of tennis in art. ..read more

Signed Alan Bennett

Sat 2nd Jul 11

Signed Smut by Alan Bennett ..read more

Summer Reads

Fri 24th Jun 11

Summer is finally here and it's time to start thinking about summer holiday reads ..read more

Independent Booksellers Week

Fri 24th Jun 11

We had two very successful events to celebrate Independent Booksellers Week ..read more

Independent Booksellers' Week, 18th-25th June 2011

Tue 17th May 11

Meet authors and play table football to celebrate Independent Booksellers' Week. ..read more

Book Launch at The Grove

Mon 4th Apr 11

Local authors, Walter Swan and Yvette Huddleston, are signing copies of their new book, A Day in a Dale, at 11am on Saturday, 9th April ..read more

World Book Events

Wed 26th Jan 11

Grove customers spread the love of reading. ..read more


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