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3 Heol Pen'Rallt
Machynlleth, SY20 8AG

(01654) 700559

We're an independent gallery bookshop based in Machynlleth, mid Wales. It's our blend of bookshop, selling a carefully selected collection of reads and pick-up-and-flick-through books – and gallery space to inspire you while you're browsing. We host events too, book readings, author talks, photography and art openings. 

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Diane’s banner photograph is: View inland from Borth ‘petrified forest’, February 2019

Two notable books this month are by authors living in and around Machynlleth.

The Levels, is Helen Pendry’s debut novel, set in the harsh edge-land of mid-Wales’ abandoned slate quarries. In winter. By no means grim, this is a seriously provocative story of a handful of people living on the edge of their own lives and apart. The main character, Abby, as she attempts to reveal what becomes an unpredictably thrilling mystery, provides a particularly reflective heart to accompany the reader. Was it military subterfuge, or personal revenge that intervened that winter and at what cost? Read it and make up your own mind!
In stock, contact here to reserve a copy.

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On the Red Hill, by seasoned writer, Mike Parker.
After tackling his first loves, maps and idiosyncrasy of place (Map Addict /The Wild Rover); his main hate, (The Greasy Poll); leading the discovery for visitors of the endless beaches, the gentle, awe-inspiring or challenging Wales coastline (Coast); or ranting about those who don’t notice the nation’s fundamental character and language (Neighbours from Hell), Mike Parker throws himself, headlong, into describing the private passions, people and places on his doorstep at Rhiw Goch in the Welsh hills. Guided deftly through a year of seasons and many years of lives the reader comes to understand why four gay men, grown up decades apart, chose to embrace and be embraced by rural Wales.
In stock, contact here to reserve a copy.

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Rhifyn Gwanwyn 2019

Rhifyn Gwanwyn 2019

We also stock 'O'r Pedwar Gwynt' the literature review for Welsh readers, as well as Golwg weekly news and views and Lingo Newydd, for Welsh Learners; Planet: The Welsh Internationalist

If you travel to Machynlleth by train and produce a current rail ticket claim 10% discount off new books. Don't be shy about mentioning the discount when you purchase, if we forget to ask!

A truly excellent bookshop stocking both new titles and secondhand books. The knowledgeable owners are always willing to advise and help you locate the book you are looking for or order it, if available. Their photography gallery (a couple of doors down the road) is a refined and quiet space to contemplate the very high quality exhibitions.
— Alan, happy customer, November 2018


Our ethos

We are in the fortunate position to be able to choose what subject areas to stock and what to avoid, based on both our own and local interests. We sell books - new and secondhand - by good publishers, with authoritative texts that reflect the richness of books - books that inform and inspire readers and writers and strike a chord with ourselves and our customers.

We made the choice not to run a car over 10 years ago. So, we source our second hand books using public transport, carrying rucksacks or pulling our trusty shopping trolley to help minimise our carbon footprint, selecting each book individually to suit our stock as we go.

Specialist areas

Besides photography – our main specialist area – we maintain an impressive selection of books on the visual arts, built environment, poetry and contemporary music. Other important areas include current affairs, politics, nature writing, the environment, writing, books for Welsh learners, children and fiction. Our Welsh language titles are integrated into the general stock and cover the same subject areas, where possible.

We also stock a selection of greetings cards, including the very popular range provided by Candlestick Press in Nottingham: beautiful booklets of poetry, on a wide variety of themes, that can be posted for the price of a first class letter.

Book ordering service

If you've got a book in mind that we don't hold in stock, out of print or new, we can advise you and order it – new books ready for collection next day in most cases.

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The bookshop

Wales Book of the Year 2019 Short List
After many months reading through Wales’ literary offerings from 2018, two independent judging panels have chosen their Short Lists for both the English and Welsh-language Wales Book of the Year Awards 2019

Roland Mathias Poetry Award
Insistence, Ailbhe Darcy (Bloodaxe Books Ltd.)
Salacia, Mari Ellis Dunning (Parthian Books)
Gen, Jonathan Edwards (Seren)

Aberystwyth University Fiction Award
Arrest Me, for I Have Run Away, Stevie Davies (Parthian Books)
West, Carys Davies (Granta Publications)
Sal, Mick Kitson (Canongate Books)

Creative Non-Fiction Award 
Moneyland, Oliver Bullough (Profile Books)
The light in the dark: A winter journal, Horatio Clare (Elliott & Thompson)
Having a go at the Kaiser:  A Welsh family at war, Gethin Matthews (University of Wales Press)

Gwobr Farddoniaeth                              
Twt Lol, Emyr Lewis (Gwasg Carreg Gwalch)
Cyrraedd a cherddi eraill, Alan Llwyd (Cyhoeddiadau Barddas)
Stafell fy Haul, Manon Rhys (Cyhoeddiadau Barddas)

 Gwobr Ffuglen Prifysgol Aberystwyth          
Ynys Fadog, Jerry Hunter (Y Lolfa)
Llyfr Glas Nebo, Manon Steffan Ros (Y Lolfa)
Esgyrn, Heiddwen Thomas (Y Lolfa)

 Gwobr Ffeithiol- Greadigol                 
Cymru mewn 100 Gwrthrych, Andrew Green (Gwasg Gomer)
Y Gymru ‘Ddu’ a’r Ddalen ‘Wen’: Aralledd ac Amlddiwylliannedd mewn Ffuglen Gymreig, er 1990, Lisa Sheppard (Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru)
Rhyddhau’r Cranc, Malan Wilkinson (Y Lolfa)

The winners of this prestigious award will be announced at an Award Ceremony held at Aberystwyth Arts Centre on Thursday 20 June, where a total prize fund of £12,000 will be distributed to the winning writers.


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Current Affairs

We hold a carefully selected range of great new and second hand books to inform and inspire you.