Aardvark Books and Cafe: From Wholesaler Dreams to a Literary Haven in Herefordshire
The Bookshop PodcastJune 03, 2024x
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Aardvark Books and Cafe: From Wholesaler Dreams to a Literary Haven in Herefordshire

Have you ever wondered how a whimsical idea could transform into a vibrant literary hub? Join me as I chat with Sheridan Swinson, owner of Aardvark Books and Cafe in Herefordshire, UK. Sheridan takes us through his serendipitous journey from an initial plan of being a book wholesaler to becoming an adored independent bookshop, complete with a café and live music events. Discover the art of adaptability and the unwavering community support that turned Aardvark Books into a cherished gem nestle...

Have you ever wondered how a whimsical idea could transform into a vibrant literary hub? Join me as I chat with Sheridan Swinson, owner of Aardvark Books and Cafe in Herefordshire, UK. Sheridan takes us through his serendipitous journey from an initial plan of being a book wholesaler to becoming an adored independent bookshop, complete with a café and live music events. Discover the art of adaptability and the unwavering community support that turned Aardvark Books into a cherished gem nestled in the picturesque Welsh Marches.

Sheridan explores the philosophy behind Aardvark Books, emphasizing the joy of letting readers discover books organically. He shares delightful stories from the Ludlow Food Festival and memorable encounters with foodwriters like Mary Berry and Antonio Carluccio. 

We discuss the significance of carrying books in various languages and their impact on cultural preservation, especially for immigrants and refugees. Sheridan and I delve into the beauty and pace of translated literature and why we enjoyed specific books. Expect humorous anecdotes, insightful reflections on business psychology and economics, and a celebration of the dynamic world of books. Tune in to experience the quirks, joys, and powerful connections fostered by a love for literature.

Enjoy!
Mandy

Aardvark Books and Cafe

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The Man Who Planted Trees, Jean Giono

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Siena: The Life and Afterlife of a Medieval City, Jane Stevenson

 

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