Skylark is an independent bookshop located in the historic town of Lewes, East Sussex, since 2006. We also sell local prints, stoneware ceramics, jewellery and fair trade gifts, but at the heart of our shop is an eye-catching range of books for all ages. We enjoy displaying titles that chime, and the widely-reviewed next to unusual gems from smaller publishers. Without a cold algorithm in sight, hundreds of brilliant books share the shelf space, a selection shaped by our taste and the valued recommendations of customers. Excellent production values are seen as key to enhancing content, and the beauty of a well designed physical book is something we absolutely celebrate. A conversation with a friend will have us ordering in a beguiling series of wild swimming walks say, or the transportingly strange tales of Piranesi (Susanna Clarke) or Klara and the Sun (Kazuo Ishiguro). A good review might point towards those mesmerising but increasingly human-challenged swifts (Swifts and Us, Sarah Gibson), or Faber's lovely clothbound collection of Kate Bush lyrics, or John Agard's poetic wit. Richard King's eloquent reflections on the links between English music and it's rural landscapes (The Lark Ascending) makes a good shelf companion to James Rebanks reflections on a changing way of life for Lakeland farmers (English Pastoral). The shop evolves, via reading, reviews and conversations! Please browse our latest recommendations here, or visit out website www.skylarkshop.com.
~ Matt Birch.