Kim’s Bookshop was established over 40 years ago by Kim Francombe (who sadly passed away in 2014) in Worthing, this branch has since been closed. Her daughter now runs the business which has branches in Arundel and Chichester. The shops both sell new and second-hand books, including antiquarian editions.
This branch of Kim’s Bookshop in Arundel is a lovely setting for an independent bookshop. Just down the road from another indie bookshop ‘The Book Ferret’ and surrounded by other shops, including; ice cream parlours, cafés and even a tea shop, the market town is a lovely place to shop.
With a small appearance from the outside, I certainly didn’t expect the bookshop to hold as many books as it actually does. Although it has a relatively small floor space the shop is spread over three floors, each housing shelves of carefully organised genres. Even the shelves above the staircases hold collections of books, including a vast array of old editions of Dickens’ novels, which can be bought in sets.
On the ground floor in the area at the front of the shop accessed as you first come through the door, you will find many old copies of classic novels, such as Bronté’s Wuthering Heights. Here you will also find a bookshelf of Folio Society Editions, all at fairly reasonable prices. It was here a found a stunning folio copy of Hans Christian Anderson’s Fairytales, a book I had wanted for a while so I was very happy to find such a beautiful and collectable edition of it.
Moving to the back of the shop through a doorway to the left behind the till there are more shelves of books and the stairs that lead up to the next floor. On the other floors you will find genres including; fiction, crime fiction, travel, children’s books, languages and much more.
With such a large collection of second-hand books to choose from and all at reasonable prices, you are sure to find something to read. If, however, this shop in Arundel doesn’t have what you are looking for, the friendly staff will happily check the stock from the store in Chichester for the book you desire.
If you’re visiting the Arundel I would highly recommend a lengthy browse around this lovely independent bookshop, and if you’ve still got time why not pop into The Book Ferret, just up the road from here.
Address: 10 High St, Arundel BN18 9AB