Storms don’t last forever – a message from Helen


It’s been hard for us all to adapt to this new normal. We miss our customers, many of whom have become friends, very much. Above anything, we hope you keep safe and well at what is a testing time for everyone.

Our shop is temporarily closed to the public, a decision that was taken a few days prior to the Prime Minister’s announcement last Monday. We are keeping well and while we are able, we wish to continue to make people smile with books. We have established a #PayItForward scheme, developed some free resources, and are also delighted to announce that thanks to your support, we were able to make a sizeable donation of books to Bassetlaw Foodbank.

We are available by phone (01777 948580) and email ( for book recommendations and even a general chat if you’re feeling a bit lonely. Our book subscriptions make wonderful gifts and are still available for purchase; however please note that due to the ongoing situation, we will not begin dispatch of any new subscriptions until May. Our gift vouchers are available for purchase and we will ensure a long expiry date so that recipients have plenty of time to redeem them.

Our supplier is currently offering a home delivery service, so for the time being, we are still able to safely fulfil orders on new books. We can accept orders on books for both children and grown-ups and while schools are closed, we are able to offer a 20% discount off any books on a school reading list. Please be honest about this.

Thank you for your ongoing support. We look forward to a grand re-opening in the future!

Helen x

World Book Day 2020 Competitions

We are so excited for World Book Day on 5th March To celebrate, we thought we would give you the opportunity to let your imaginations run wild with our fun competitions!

For details of our short story competition, please click here to download an entry form and rules. There are two age categories (6-10 and 11+), with a £10 voucher for the winner of each category and a £5 voucher for the runner-up.

We are also running a bookmark competition for our younger readers, open to those aged under 7. Please click here to download the entry form and rules. Once again, there is a £10 voucher up for grabs for our winner, with a £5 voucher for the runner-up.

Will you mark your books with fearsome dragons or bold princesses? Will your stories be a swashbuckling delight of mischief and mayhem? We can’t wait to see your entries!

The curious tale of the Barrister in Wonderland

“The time has come,” the Walrus said, “to talk of many things…”

And it’s on that note, that I feel it’s time to talk about “Wonderland,” Retford’s beloved children’s bookshop, of which I’m fortunate enough to have adopted.

The Barrister in Wonderland opened for the first time on 4th May 2019 (Star Wars Day!). The little sister of The Barrister’s Book Chamber, Wonderland is enchanting, bringing smiles to the faces of all children who visit, both young and old. From the fairies who live underneath the window who always appear to be out whenever I knock on their door, to the tea party on the ceiling, one can’t fail to feel the sheer joy of books when surrounded by such magic.

But the question on everyone’s lips (well, the grown ups at least) is always the same. “WHY the Barrister?”

The answer is simple. There really IS a Barrister and she dreamed of opening a bookshop. She was responsible for bringing the joy of The Barrister’s Book Chamber to Retford, and as a big Alice in Wonderland fan, it was obvious that the children’s bookshop should become her very own Wonderland. The Barrister’s Book Chamber is now on a new adventure as it moves to Matlock, where it will be opening on 9th November, just a week after our own reopening.

I’m so grateful to The Barrister for trusting me with her baby and I hope you’ll join me on my journey down the rabbit hole.