We agree wholeheartedly with Jane Austen – so in celebration of this year’s Books are My Bag campaign, which kicks off this Saturday 10th October, some of our most discerning Penguins have shared their favourite independent bookshops.

We’re celebrating Independent Bookshop Week with this short story by author Salley Vickers, exclusively on the Penguin blog.

On a crisp October day there aren’t many places we’d rather retreat to than a cosy bookshop for some serious perusal time, perhaps a cup of something hot, and the subsequent excitement of heading home, laden with “next reads”. Today we rest safe in the knowledge that our friends at Books Are My Bag feel exactly the same.

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