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Business / Joy for literature lovers as secondhand bookshop prepares to open its doors

KERGORD is now home to a second-hand bookshop – with its doors set to open tomorrow (Saturday).

The bookshop is opening in the old Kergord hatchery building near to Bonhoga Gallery.

It stocks a wide range of fiction, non-fiction and children’s books.

The idea is the work of local resident Dr Sarah Taylor, who is keen to give book-lovers in Shetland another opportunity to browse and buy.

She estimates there is around 15,000 books on the shelves – with more kept in in storage.

Taylor said the stock covers everything from history, politics and philosophy to sci-fi and romantic novels.

After her plans for the shop were publicised a few years ago, people quickly got in touch to offer books.

With a number of books already in storage, it has come to a point where Taylor has had to turn some down.

“I had to say no to people over the last few months,” she said.

The project has revamped the dormant hatchery building, which had lain disused for years.

The bookshop will open on Saturday and Sunday this weekend, from 11am to 6pm, while its regular opening days will Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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