Published here with kind permission from: Stromness Book & Prints
Just like a cat, you never really own a bookshop, and the people who have cared for this bookshop have been Charles Senior, John Broom, Tam MacPhail and the current handler Sheena.
It opened in 1970 as a second hand bookshop run by Charles Senior. When John L Broom, the local librarian, took it over he began to sell blue penguin paperbacks. By the time time Tam took the reins in the late seventies maps were on sale. Tam, a blow-in from California via Argyll, worked for John Broom and the pattern was repeated when Sheena worked for Tam for sixteen years before becoming boss cat.
But a drive in bookshop? Tam tells the story here at around 3mins 45secs…
Link: Stromness Book Shop
Here’s the link to the fuller version of Stromness Hometown made back in 2011.
Contributors at stop 5: Graham Place were
Eric Flett & Ian McInnes (c.1990)
Ella Duncan & Bryce Scott
Edgar Ramsay (1976)
Before it was a bookshop the premises were part of Stockan’s bakery. Before that the tiny building was a tea shop, a painters and a grocers.
The bookshop is currently closed but can take book orders call 01856 850565 or contact them here.