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Rob and Barb Sheppard have been booksellers for over four decades. The first incarnation of the bookshop was in a room above Rob’s father’s DIY shop in The Midlands. The business is now based in Stroud, Gloucestershire, where their daughter Martha and her husband Ben have joined the team full time. The focus of the business has always been curating and presenting shelves filled with high quality, interesting books on a wide range of subjects. We’ve always had a strong interest in the Humanities, but make sure there is a diverse selection to interest all kinds of reader. So whether you’re after fiction or non-fiction, academic, vintage, antiquarian or just a good read, with over 25,000 books and counting we’re sure to have something you’ll love.

As trends have changed the business has become more focused on its online presence, the family however still consider having a space to buy and sell books in person to be a vital part of the business, as well as being essential to their enjoyment of the trade.

Martha, along with her brother and sister, grew up popping into the shop to see their Dad and were surrounded by books and stories at home so it seemed inevitable that there would be a great love of literature between them and that one of them would want to step into the family business. Martha and Rob work together in the shop buying and selling the books while Barb who is a trained bookbinder repairs and readies stock, looks after Martha and Ben's young son Jed and gets the parcels ready for delivery. Ben focuses on the online side of the business and ensures the business is moving with the times. It’s fair to say that the bookshop runs in the blood of this family with Rob, Barb, Martha and Jed representing three generations of booklovers.




Opening Hours

Monday - Closed
Tuesday - 10:00 - 5:00
Wednesday - 10:00 - 5:00
Thursday - 10:00 - 5:00
Friday - 10:00 - 5:00
Saturday - 10:00 - 5:00
Sunday - Closed


Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question about Fireside Bookshop please take a look at the information below. Just click on a question to reveal the answer. If you have any further questions or need any other information please feel free to contact us via the information on the contact page.

We are currently open 10:00am to 5:00pm on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

If you are anxious about returning the physical shops at present we have a link to our online store on the homepage or please feel free to give us a call on 01453 764500.

We are asking customers to wear masks unless excempt and have hand sanitiser and spare masks available. We our operating a policy of six in the shop at any time.

We are ensuring the shop stays well ventilated and are cleaning regularly.

If you are anxious about returning to physical shops then we have a web store you can visit from our homepage, or feel free to give us a call on 01453 764500 and we will do our best to help.

Covid 19: At present we are able to post books worldwide. Some slight delays are occasionally anticipated due to increased pressure on postal services worldwide, however currently the impact has been minimal. We are able to pass on savings on shipping when people order directly through our website as we save on third party commission. We do not make money on postage.

We love receiving orders from our overseas customers and can post to most major markets, however due to the complexity of world postal systems we cannot offer our standard postage to all destinations. Below is a list of countries and areas that we post to using our standard postage system organised in their price bands:

1. United Kingdom - £2.50 per item, £8.98 special delivery.

2. Europe - £7.50 per item.

3. United States - £18 per item.

4. Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Turkey, South Korea, Taiwan, China, Israel - £11.50 per item.

If your country is not listed here, please get in touch and we will try to arrange an appropriate delivery method.


Covid 19: At present we are still able to post to all of our standard locations. Some slight delays are sometimes anticipated due to increased pressure on postal services worldwide, however currently the impact has been minimal.

All books are posted in plain packaging. If your book is a gift and you would like us to remove any pricing information you can let us know this at the time of ordering.

For U.K. sales we charge £2.50 per item. All U.K. orders are sent by Second Class Post, books usually take between 1 and 3 business days to arrive. Special delivery is available at the checkout for £8.98.

For Europe we charge £7.50 GBP Airmail per book. Books usually take between 3 and 5 business days to arrive by this method.

For the USA we charge £18 GBP Airmail per book. Books usually take between 5 and 7 business days.

For Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Turkey, South Korea, Taiwan, China, Israel - £11.50 GBP Airmail per item. Books usually take between 6 and 7 business days to arrive by this method.

We love receiving orders from overseas customers but unfortunately due to the complexities of international postage systems we cannot ship to every country using our standard system. If your country is not listed above, please get in touch and we will try to range an appropriate postage method.

Any book failing to match its description may be returned for a full refund provided notification is received within 48 hours of receipt and the book is returned to us in the condition in which it left us. Refunds will be provided via the original payment method. Please contact us if you have any queries regarding this.
As a small family business ordering directly enables us to avoid fees associated with large online sites, this enables us to offer cheaper postage rates and a more personal service to you.

We are located at 8 Rowcroft, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 3AZ.

We also regularly buy books and do business in Sussex as we have strong links to the area. If you have any books you are looking to sell, please get in touch.

We are always interested in buying good quality books in a wide range of subject areas regardless of whether it's a handful of books or a large collection. Depending on our current stock and the market, what we are interested in buying may change. The best and quickest way to contact us regarding buying books is via email or our contact form, photographs of the books you are looking to sell are always very helpful. Alternatively feel free to contact us via phone for more information. CLICK HERE to go to our contact page.

We are happy to travel to view any collections that is of interest to us.

Yes we are happy to take orders over the phone and answer any enquiries you may have. Please call 01453 764500 during business hours which are currently 10:00am - 5:00pm Wednesday to Saturday.
In the physical shop we accept cash, all major credit and debit cards, Apple Pay, Google Pay and cheques from UK banks if arranged in advance. Online we accept all major credit and debit cards, Apple Pay, Google Pay and PayPal.
We sell good quality secondhand, vintage, rare and antiqurian books. We have over 25,000 books online, on a very wide range of subjects with more being listed all the time. We also sell fiction, plays and poetry.

We are currently working on having pictures available for all stock but with over 20,000 books and new stock coming in all the time this may take a while! So you know the condition of the book your buying we use an internationally recognised system of grading which we explain below. We have 5* ratings on all the sites we list on so you can be sure the book you send will be as described.

·         As New/Like New: describes a book that is in the same condition as when it was issued by the printer. There are no flaws. This book or dust jacket is in pristine condition. 


·         Fine: describes a book or dust jacket that is not quite as crisp as an As New book, either because it has been pre-owned or because the books have been out on the shelves and have been picked up and handled by prospective buyers.


·         Very Good: describes a book that does show some small signs of wear such as light rubbing to the edges and corners or a small crease, however it remains in excellent overall condition. 

·         Good: describes the average used book that has all pages or leaves present but may have some creasing, foxing or rubbing. .


·         Fair: describes a worn book that has complete text pages (including those with maps or plates) but may lack endpapers, half-title page, etc. (Such missing pieces must be noted in the description).



·         Poor: describes a book that is sufficiently worn, to the point that its only merit is as a Reading Copy because it HAS the complete text.  A book or dust jacket listed as Poor may be soiled, scuffed, stained or spotted and the book may have loose joints, hinges, pages, etc.

In our physical shop we have good quality paperbacks starting from £2 with many books at every price point ranging up to more expensive rare and collectible books. Online we have books starting from £4 going all the way up to more expensive collectible and rare items and everything in between.
Please search our extensive online collection or feel free to contact us via phone or email if you cannot find what you are looking for. We may be able to order books in for customers and if not we may be able to point you in the right direction.
We do not currently accept book tokens. We are currently working on our own book/gift vouchers and will provide details as soon as they are available.
As a secondhand bookseller we don't stock new books and unfortunately do not accept submissions from authors.
Yes. We are on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Please follow us for up to date news on events, offers, discounts and interesting book related news and reviews.

At present due to time restrictions we are not doing any of the above. We have done in the past and hope to do so again as soon as we get a chance!

As a family we are also involved in other projects including Music Nest 'Grownup gigs that welcome kids' where we put on top quality live music in the afternoon in family friendly settings. We also run Route 49 Studio a music production studio focusing on indie-folk artists, we also put on evening gigs.

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