Aardvark Books was founded in January 2004 by the late Edward Tobin and Sheridan Swinson, two career publishing professionals (pictured above with actor and author John Challis at a book launch in Aardvark Books in 2011) who decided to start a book business that reflected their love of books, and their combined half-century of experience in the book trade. In 2007 they moved to their existing premises in a beautiful 19th century barn on the borders of Herefordshire, Shropshire and Wales, the building known as the Bookery. Two further rooms have been added, one containing a specialist children’s book and play space called the BookBurrow, and the other a popup warehouse space that is used for markets, art exhibitions and other events. The stock now encompasses over 50,000 titles – New, Secondhand and Rare – with outstanding selections in most categories including Art, Cookery, History, Fiction and Local Interest. New books are added to stock every day, and the entire stock holding turns over every two years on average. As co-founder Edward wrote: ‘It was important to create the right atmosphere, so that people who have discovered us can really have the space and time to escape into a different world. Also our rural location and consequent lower overheads have allowed us not only to have a huge range of stock, but also to sell our books at prices that are lower than other new or secondhand shops.’ Surrounded by ancient hills, rolling pasture land, and numerous sheep and cattle, Aardvark Books is a unique experience for book lovers of all ages. Sadly Edward died in April 2014, but his legacy of good nature and a love of books continues.