Welcome to Chapter One Bookshop

Hello, we’re an independent bookshop based in Woodley, Reading with friendly knowledgeable staff and close links with the local community. As well as books we also stock book related gifts, puzzles and games.

If you live locally you might be logging on to our website to keep up-to-date with our author signings and events or you may be a teacher from further afield wishing to take advantage of our expertise in children's books.

The shop is open from 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday but the website can be used at your convenience and you can order books on-line from it via our link to The Hive.


Find out more about our teachers' reading group

We hold a Teachers' Reading Group meeting in the shop once a term to discuss new books and listen to a guest speaker.

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View our twice per term children’s book review

Our book selections will make suitable additions to any library or classroom.

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Discounts on Mary’s recommendations and for teachers who visit our shop

See Mary’s book reviews.

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Recent News & Events


Staff Recommendations

The Silk Merchant's Daughter

Dinah Jefferies £7.99


Julie Cohen £6.99

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