Another award for Octavia’s Bookshop

Thank you for everyone who voted for us as Best Bookshop 2017 in the Muddy Stilettos Awards (Gloucestershire). We won with 43% of the vote!




Octavia’s Bookshop joins Abbey900 Celebrations

We are thrilled to be joining in with the Abbey 900!

2017 sees the 900th anniversary of the founding of the Augustinian Abbey of St Mary, in Cirencester, by King Henry 1 in 1117.

There will be a festival in the town throughout the year that will involve the whole community. Working in close collaboration with the Parish Church, the Town Council and Cirencester Community Development Trust, as well as a wide base of community groups, town clubs and organisations.

“Abbey 900 Festival of Books” is going to be held at Octavia’s Bookshop from 7th-11th August. Please come and join us for a celebration of books.

All activities and author events will be held in the shop at 11:30 am and 2:30pm, with an entry fee of £1 on the door, to be donated to Abbey 900.

We will have a range of authors, including our local talents and will also reveal the relevance of books in our town both historically and now!


This year we applied for and received a grant from author James Patterson. He had offered a number of grants to independent booksellers to encourage reading among children.

The grant received was to pay for driving lessons for Octavia so she can fulfil her dream of launching the Octavia’s Bookshop Book Bus.

This will come in the shape of a purple, branded Type 2 VW campervan. We will then be able to take the ‘shop’ on the road; to schools, fairs, shows and other public events.

This will be a great way to expand our customer base and increase what is already an extremely loyal and captive audience which includes over 50 school accounts reaching into Wiltshire and Oxfordshire.  A number of these schools have already booked the bus for events!

To see our plan become a reality we are now looking for sponsorship to help us purchase a campervan. To find out more Octavia’s Book Bus – Sponsorship Opportunity


We’re not quite six years old but we are winning awards thanks to our amazing customers!Award1

BIA2013-WINNER-copyThe Bookseller Best Children’s Independent Bookseller 2013




Cirencester Ambassador Award 2013 from Cirencester’s Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Cotswold Life magazine