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Browsers Bookshop

5.0 star rating

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73 High Street
Porthmadog LL49 9HA


3 reviews in English

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    • Qype User kerrin…

    Frome, Somerset

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    Went to this shop while we were staying in Porthmadog

    Fantastic selection of books, some that we had not come across in other shops.

    The staff were really helpful, we even signed up to their loyalty card to help support them

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    • Qype User ruthie…

    Criccieth, Gwynedd

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    Top place. I love Browsers! They have a great range of books and are always willing to help you find what you are looking for. Even if you want a book about. and don’t have a title or author they will search the computers for something suitable, order it in for you and phone to let you know it has arrived. The art department at th back is similarly helpful, with a huge range of paints, paper, card making, face painting and other art supplies. They have a loyalty card, where you get a stamp every time you spend £10, and once you ahve 6 stamps you get £5 (or possibly £10 I don’t remember) off your next purchase.

  • 14/5/2010

    A greate range of books all carefuly selected by the book shops owner. great book marks with well selected quotes. Regularly replenished selection good books. Just generaly a greate place to go and buy a good book. I personaly buy almost all of my books there.

Man Booker Prize 2013

ELEANOR CATTON’S second novel, “The Luminaries”, an historical murder mystery structured around the signs of the zodiac, received a cosmic boost last night when it won the Man Booker prize, an important award for fiction in English.

At 28, Ms Catton is the youngest author ever to win the 45-year-old prize. And at 832 pages, Luminaries” is the longest winner.



The Luminaries” is set in a town called Hokitika, a Maori word that means “around and then back again”, which offers a clue to the book’s real framework. Twenty characters, every one fully formed, fill the story in 20 chapters, each half the length of the one before and offering what Ms Catton calls “a prismatic view” of events. The plot is based on the signs of the zodiac, a post-modern circular mystery that is astrologically precise and encompasses whores and drunkards, hidden gold, ships and séances, a murder and a lot of mud and bad weather.

Man Booker 2013 shorlist:

We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo (Chatto & Windus)


A remarkable literary debut — shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize! The unflinching and powerful story of a young girl’s journey out of Zimbabwe and to America.

Darling is only ten years old, and yet she must navigate a fragile and violent world. In Zimbabwe, Darling and her friends steal guavas, try to get the baby out of young Chipo’s belly, and grasp at memories of Before. Before their homes were destroyed by paramilitary policemen, before the school closed, before the fathers left for dangerous jobs abroad.

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton (Granta)

Harvest by Jim Crace (Picador)

On the morning after harvest, the inhabitants of a remote English village awaken looking forward to a hard-earned day of rest and feasting at their landowner’s table. But the sky is marred by two conspicuous columns of smoke, replacing pleasurable anticipation with alarm and suspicion.

One smoke column is the result of an overnight fire that has damaged the master’s outbuildings. The second column rises from the wooded edge of the village, sent up by newcomers to announce their presence. In the minds of the wary villagers a mere coincidence of events appears to be unlikely, with violent confrontation looming as the unavoidable outcome. Meanwhile, another newcomer has recently been spotted taking careful notes and making drawings of the land. It is his presence more than any other that will threaten the village’s entire way of life.



The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri (Bloomsbury)

Two brothers bound by tragedy; a fiercely brilliant woman haunted by her past; a country torn by revolution. A powerful new novel–set in both India and America–that explores the price of idealism and a love that can last long past death.

Growing up in Calcutta, born just fifteen months apart, Subhash and Udayan Mitra are inseparable brothers, one often mistaken for the other. But they are also opposites, with gravely different futures ahead of them. It is the 1960s, and Udayan–charismatic and impulsive–finds himself drawn to the Naxalite movement, a rebellion waged to eradicate inequity and poverty: he will give everything, risk all, for what he believes. Subhash, the dutiful son, does not share his brother’s political passion; he leaves home to pursue a life of scientific research in a quiet, coastal corner of America.


A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (Canongate)

 “A time being is someone who lives in time, and that means you, and me, and every one of us who is, or was, or ever will be.”

In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there’s only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates’ bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who’s lived more than a century. A diary is Nao’s only solace—and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine.

The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín (Penguin)

Provocative, haunting, and indelible, Colm Tóibín’s portrait of Mary presents her as a solitary older woman still seeking to understand the events that become the narrative of the New Testament and the foundation of Christianity.

In the ancient town of Ephesus, Mary lives alone, years after her son’s crucifixion. She has no interest in collaborating with the authors of the Gospel—her keepers, who provide her with food and shelter and visit her regularly. She does not agree that her son is the Son of God; nor that his death was “worth it;” nor that the “group of misfits he gathered around him, men who could not look a woman in the eye,” were holy disciples. Mary judges herself ruthlessly (she did not stay at the foot of the Cross until her son died—she fled, to save herself), and is equally harsh on her judgment of others. This woman who we know from centuries of paintings and scripture as the docile, loving, silent, long-suffering, obedient, worshipful mother of Christ becomes, in Toibin’s searing evocation, a tragic heroine with the relentless eloquence of Electra or Medea or Antigone. This tour de force of imagination and language is a portrait so vivid and convincing that our image of Mary will be forever transformed.



How many of the shortlist did You Read? Do you agree with the judge’s choice?


Festival No 6

Highlights from Saturday:

For Browsers Bookshop to have an exclusive signing (& chat) with award winning author DBC Pierre was amazing.

His book ‘Petit Mal’, launched at the festival was a huge success. Limited to 1000 signed copies with a signed print presented in a  slipcase


We felt honoured for a small independent shop to have a Scoop like this.

We now have an even smaller number of limited, limited editions!! Signed on the day to mark  the launch (signed ‘at festival No6 DBC Pierre’)

 Closing The day was Punk Poet  ‘John Cooper Clarke’ who held a captivated audience before taking time out to sign a couple of books for us. Great day and looking ahead to 2014.


Saturday was glorious, the weather was perfect for showing Portmeirion in all its glory, hundreds  of people came to see the performances in the Piazza.

We managed to grab a few minutes with Caitlin Moran (How to be a Woman & Moranthology), John Niven (Cold Hands & Straight White Male), Joe Dunthorne (Wild Abandon) who all took the time to sign stock for us, Thank you.

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Friday was not a total washout with Author Richard Milward reading from his book  ’Kimberly’s Capital punishment’ and signing a few copies afterwards.Browsers no6 festival15738076[1] 



Setting up a Festival No 6

Setting up a Festival No 6

Not the best of starts for the festival with persistent rain hampering proceedings, there was better to come!!







image n6Browsers will be appearing at Festival no6 thisweekend. We will be located at the piazza and will have signings and a selection of discounted titles available.




Luke Wright – Mondeo Man
Richard Milward – Capital Punishment


John Cooper Clarke
Matt HaigDBC Pierre
Tim Dee


Caitlin MoranJan Morris
John Niven
Matt Haig
David Whitehouse
Jenn Ashworth


Philip Pullman

philip-pullman-credit-kt-bruce_vert-2ec015198b3eba652b64e6a9e32b40488efbd6f7-s6-c30Interesting interview with  on Radio 2 now. We have a huge selection of his titles in stock including his Grimm tales which he is discussing now. I do wish more authors followed his adverb rule! (she snarled angrily…teehee)

Books are my bag

xtBooks Are My Bag is the biggest ever campaign for bookshops and it launches with the Big Bookshop Party on Saturday 14th September. That’s when you can go and visit your favourite bookshop, join in their party, buy your books, and bag the coolest tote bag ever – the bright orange Books Are My Bag tote! Show your love of books by visiting your local bookshop, the best place to connect with books, where you can see them, smell and touch them, talk about them with people who care as much as you do… There is nothing quite like a bookshop, and we want to share the love by inviting you to visit your local bookshop, taking a photo of yourself and then telling us WHY it’s your favourite bookshop. You could win your own bespoke bookmark, featuring your comment and photo, to be given out by your favourite shop!