Once upon a time in a market town called Retford, there was a beautiful bookshop known locally as Wonderland…

The Barrister in Wonderland is a specialist children’s bookshop located in Retford, North Nottinghamshire.

Opened for the first time on 4th May 2019 (Star Wars Day) as the little sister of The Barrister’s Book Chamber, this enchanting wonderland full of books aims to inspire children and young adults both in reading and writing. We specialise in broth brand new and preloved books, suitable from birth right through to young adults (plus a little section for grown-ups), with a wide range of titles on offer. After something specific? Our book elves are well trained in hunting down those much loved tales of childhood, as well as being able to order in new books for both children and adults.

Wonderland reopened on 2nd November 2019 under the ownership of Helen Tamblyn-Saville.


Meet the team!


New owner Helen is a self confessed bibliophile and at the ripe old age of 34, still has no qualms about cracking open a well worn copy of “First Term at Malory Towers”. She has always dreamed of running a bookshop and grasped the opportunity with both hands to take over Wonderland.

Helen has always loved reading and took her first steps into bookselling when she worked at The Barrister’s Book Chamber. Helen is also a district councillor, and has previously worked as a project manager and freelancer. She loves Oxford Commas,  cake, vintage fashions, tenpin bowling, and politics. Easily identified by her colourful hair, she can often be spotted reading her way through the stock and her favourite novels are Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, and The Collector by John Fowles. She once bowled in the tenpin bowling world cup, is allergic to mushrooms and really doesn’t like Harry Potter. You can get on her good side by bringing her cake.

You can also follow on Helen on Twitter.