(Very) Much Ado about Much Ado Books

It’s been a while since I’ve written, and I feel very rusty at it. But as I often do, I have found a little article that I wanted to share with you, friends and relatives, about a book shop that is near and dear to my heart, “Much Ado Books,” located (now) in Alfriston, East Sussex, England.

And although I’ve never BEEN to Alfriston (shame on me!), this is probably my favorite book shop in the entire world.

How can that be, you ask?

Well, Much Ado used to be located in Marblehead, Massachussetts, USA. That’s why! And when it was in Marblehead, I went in there as often as I could, as often as my budget would allow a book-splurge, and I was always, without fail, completely delighted by the owners, Cate and Nash, who would give me their full attention and conversation, often taking me around the shelves to show me books they thought I’d like. Their attention to detail was incredible.

Here is a review of their current Much Ado Books in Alfriston, E. Sussex, England, done by a bookshop reviewer, Erica, (now how perfect does THAT job sound???) Her own web site is wonderful, too, so don’t ignore it if you have the time:

Erica’s own web site:

The Bookshop Around the Corner

Have a little read (it’s not long) and then come back.

Erica’s review of Much Ado Books:

“The Delight is in the Detail”

See? What’d I tell ya? Isn’t it perfectly charming?

Inside the Much Ado

But you should see the whole place, and you can by going to their wonderful web site here:

Much Ado Books – About us page

Lots of pages in there to browse through. Photos galore, and an ambiance that only seems to have existed in our imaginations before finding Much Ado. They are unique and they are wonderful. I am proud to say I was a friend of Much Ado Books back in the day when they were over here, across the Pond, and if there’s ever a place I’d head to right away, if I could manage to ever visit England again, it would be this wonderful book shop in East Sussex, England (not far from the Bloomsbury locales).

They not only sell books, they offer a way of life that almost sounds too good to be true. But it is!

Much Ado Books on FaceBook

That’s all I have for now.

Cheers for the Book-Angels of the world,


P.S. Nina, they also now have chickens!

P.P.S. One little additional offering, if I may: a review of a subject about which I wrote last year, Vera Brittain’s “Testament of Youth,” done by a woman whose blog I subscribe to:

Bloomsbury Bell on “Testament of Youth”

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10 Responses to (Very) Much Ado about Much Ado Books

  1. Erica says:

    Thank you for your kind words. It’s good to see such enthusiasm for bookshops – I hope some of you do get to visit Much Ado Books.


  2. Bex says:

    Anna,yes, do visit. They would probably remember me as Rebecca Crowell of Salem – not Bex… and it’s been many years now since they moved there, so they might not remember me at all… but do see them, they are both so interesting, and tell them I send my best wishes and only wish I could be there in person! xox

    P.S. Cate might remember me as the woman who was infatuated with the “Seth” books…


  3. Annanotbob3 says:

    I’ve only been to Alfriston once, although it’s not far from here (half an hour), maybe because it is the place I told my parents I’d gone when I was actually at the 1970 Isle of Wight festival, watching Jimi Hendrix. I’m right up to my neck in it at the moment, but I’ll go there within the next week or so and take some pics for you, have a chat with the bookshop owners. Hugs xxx


  4. Wonderful links. Book stores the way I like them. Cozy, artistic, real. Thanks for sharing. Good as it gets!


  5. Susan Honthumb says:

    Maybe I can put this on the list of things to do. Book stores are heaven.


  6. Bex says:

    …where would you really prefer to go, were you mobile — to your favorite little town in Yorkshire or to East Sussex? Just curious…

    I’d like to go to both… of course. If I could only go to one, it would always be Yorkshire! Always. I wish we’d seen more of the south back in the years we traveled, but now it’s all moot. My heart is now and always will be in Yorkshire.


  7. Nina Camic says:

    I don’t know whether to laugh or cry: chickens in a bookstore!
    Okay, I know you mean outside. Sooooo… where would you really prefer to go, were you mobile — to your favorite little town in Yorkshire or to East Sussex? Just curious…


  8. Bonnie says:

    Only bookstore around here that I know of is the big Barnes and Nobles. I used to love a used bookstore back in PA.


  9. Bex says:

    Hi Maggie! Same here… but part with them I must, and I have been doing so bit by bit lately. I give boxes of some books to friends for gifts, I’ve given many boxes away to charities for them to sell, but I still have way too many here in the cottage, taking up every inch of shelf space! If only I could just get one more bookcase in here… somewhere… but where? There is no more room! So I am resolved to continue culling thru the ones I can part with but it’s not a job I am enjoying at all.


  10. Thanks Bex, how wonderful! Books, I have carried around six floor to ceiling, double-deep filled, book cases for decades. Like old friends, I couldn’t part with them!


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