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Christmas Loyalty Week

Our usual discount day is extended this year to avoid crowding the shop, so you can feel confident in coming in and making a start on your Christmas shopping.
From 21st until 30th November, bring in your loyalty card for a 15% discount. We’ll be giving 5% discount to other customers.
Discount excludes stamps and book tokens.

We are on!

You can shop and support us online via but of course we’d still rather you visited the real shop if you can.

We’ve won an award!

We’ve been voted Best Book Shop in Surrey in the Muddy Stilettos Awards 2021. Many thanks to everyone who voted for us.

We are open!  

As of 12th April 2021 we are fully open again. Thanks to all our customers for your support during the lockdowns. You can now come back and browse every day!

Christmas Loyalty Week 2020

We’ll still be offering our usual Christmas Loyalty event with a discount of 15% for Loyalty Card Holders and 5% for all other customers. If there is a November lockdown we’ll postpone the event until early December. This year, to avoid the shop being too crowded (Loyalty Day is usually packed!) we’ll be giving you a whole week of this special offer. Dates will be confirmed nearer the time. For lockdown orders and deliveries see the post below – we’re here for you!

We are open! 

If you’re staying home, or in times of lockdown, we continue to bring you the best new books. You can call 01932 862903 (leave a message!) or email

  • We can hand deliver books in the local area
  • Postal service for those further afield
  • Orders sent direct from our wholesaler to your door
  • Feel free to call us for personal recommendations

The Lost Spells Competition – October 2020

Win a beautiful A2 print of the animals and plants featured in The Lost Spells, the magical new book from Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris. Simply share on Twitter a post inspired by the book – this could be a nature photo, drawing, painting or collection. Perhaps you’re inspired to write a poem or a few lines of nature writing. Or you could be reading in a beautiful place and share a photo of the book on its travels with you. You can get creative! The competition closes on 31st October and we’ll announce the winner in early November. 

To enter via Twitter simply share your photo, artwork, poem or nature display inspired by the book & tag #TheLostSpells and @CobhamBookshop before 31st October.

June 2020 – WE ARE OPEN AGAIN! We look forward to welcoming you during our normal opening hours, 9am-5.30pm Monday -Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sundays.

May 2020 – While we’re temporarily closed, home delivery is available to keep you well-supplied with wonderful books while you are spending more time at home. Call 01932 862903 9am-11am or email to check a title or ask for a recommendation.


Chris Wormell – the artist in the window!
We were lucky enough to have Chris Wormell creating unique artworks for our Christmas window. His new book The Magic Place is a fantastic Christmas gift for children. Click on the images to see the bigger picture. 

Christmas Loyalty Day, Saturday 23rd November,8.30am-5.30pm

15% discount for Loyalty Card Holders, 5% for all other customers. Come and find the perfect Christmas gifts!
(Discount excludes National Book Tokens and stamps)

Book signing with Adam Powell, Saturday 12th October.

Meet author Adam Powell on Saturday 12th October when he will be signing copies of his book. “Soldiering On: British Tommies after the First World War”, traces the lives of veterans as they navigated through a society changed by war, from the start of the peace until the beginning of the Second World War.

Author signing with Paul Le Messurier
his new book Surrey’s Military Heritage
Wednesday 24th July, 11am-1pm

Free Story Reading and Book Signing with Christina Spooner, Saturday 9th March

On Saturday 9th March at 11.30am there will be a free story reading for young children by local author Christina Spooner. She will be reading from her new book Hedgy.

Hedgy is a little hedgehog who doesn’t like his prickles, and wishes he could look more like his friend Mole. However one day something terrible happens and it’s up to Hedgy and his wonderful prickly coat to save the day. Christina Spooner has written this story for the under-fives, so that Hedgy’s adventure can help them find self-confidence and celebrate their individuality. With delightful illustrations by Ian R Ward, Hedgy is an uplifting tale for the very young.

With World Book Day on 7th March this free event is a chance for young children to get excited about reading, and to discover a world of stories. The Cobham Bookshop accepts World Book Day tokens and has the special World Book Day range available for children of all ages.
Christina will be signing copies of her books after the reading, and you can reserve your copy before the event by calling The Cobham Bookshop on 01932 862903.

The Buttonhole Press Ltd launches The Button Collection
Saturday 26th May 2018, from 10am

Congratulations to Helen and Tina whose delightful picture books were a real hit on their launch day, selling 60 boxed sets! The Buttonhole Press illustrated stories for young children are also available individually as perfect party bag or pocket money treats, and the boxed sets are wonderful gifts.

Christmas Loyalty Day Saturday 25th November, 9am until 5.30pm
15% discount for Loyalty Card Holders, 5% for all other customers
(Excludes National Book Tokens and stamps)

Daisy Pulls It Off. A Cobham Players production at Cobham Village Hall on 26th, 27th and 28th October.

Tickets available but selling fast!

Daisy Pulls It Off captures the uncomplicated innocence of Angela Brazil’s schoolgirl novels.   The play follows spirited newcomer Daisy Meredith as she attempts to step beyond her poor elementary school background and find acceptance in the snobby confines of Grangewood School for Young Ladies.

This is a play to warm your hearts, with lots of stage action and a rousing school song composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Summer Loyalty Day, Saturday 17th June

Loyalty Card holders will receive 15% off all purchases, and we are giving 5% off to all other customers. Discount excludes National Book Tokens and stamps, but includes all books, DVDs, audio books and stationery.

Our friends from Little Birds Bakery will have a cake stall outside the shop (weather permitting) so you will be able to buy their delicious homemade treats as well.

Daniel Pembrey Night Market book signing, noon – 1pm, Saturday 27th May

Author Daniel Pembrey will be signing copies of his new book Night Market at the Cobham Bookshop from noon until 1pm on Saturday 27th May.

This will be the second book signing with Daniel at the Cobham Bookshop, which held a book signing for his debut novel The Harbour Master. This first book in the Henk van der Pol detective series set in Amsterdam met with great success with customers and critics, with the Financial Times announcing that “Pembrey is a debut novelist of rare skill, marshalling his material with rigour and intelligence”.

Readers who enjoyed The Harbour Master and were left guessing about the unresolved loose ends can look forward to catching up with the detective where the first novel left off.  Night Market follows Henk van der Pol as he begins a new investigation under pressure from prominent government figures in The Hague. With van der Pol pressured to infiltrate a team investigating internet child exploitation, and seeking justice while his own life is in danger, Night Market promises to take its protagonist and its readers on a tense and thrilling journey.

Fans of Henning Mankell and contemporary crime fiction may want to try this new detective series and explore the twists and turns of criminal life in Amsterdam with a compelling central character to guide them.

Join Daniel Pembrey at the Cobham Bookshop at noon on Saturday 27th May to buy signed copies of his novels and learn more about his work.

The Cobham Players present a play by Louis de Bernieres
Tickets available for performances on 20th, 21st and 22nd April at Cobham Village Hall.

Musical Play for Children from The Cobham Players
Family fun with plenty of songs and audience participation in the musical play The Plotters of Cabbage Patch Corner.

Evening performances on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st January.
Matinee performances on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd January.

Book your seats in person at the bookshop or call 01932 862903.

Christmas adscf3178nd New Year Opening Hours
Visit us for the best gifts for book lovers of all ages.

Christmas Eve Sat 24th – Open 8am – 4pm
Sun 25th & Mon 26th – CLOSED
Tues 27th – Sat 31st – Open 9am – 5.30pm
Sun 1st Jan – CLOSED
Mon 2nd Jan – open 10am-4pm
Normal hours resume from Tues 3rd Jan

Book sigfive-brexitning with Bruno Vincent, author of No.1 bestselling spoof Five on Brexit Island (and former bookseller at The Cobham Bookshop), at 2.30pm on Saturday 26th November.

This is our Christmas Loyalty Day (see below) with discounts for all customers, including signed copies of Bruno’s bestselling spoof Famous Five series.

Christmas Loyalty Day
Saturday 26th November, 9am until 5.30pm

15% discount for Loyalty Card holders
5% for all other customers

Breaking Dead: New stylish crime fiction by Surrey author Corrie Jackson

breaking-deadWednesday 21st September saw the bookshop host the launch of Corrie Jackson’s thriller set around London Fashion Week. Copies in stock now!

The novel’s action begins with the murder of a teenage model, and introduces the character of journalist Sophie Kent who is determined to see justice done.

The novel cuts through the fashion industry’s gloss to reveal the secretive underworld below, in a riveting crime novel

Corrie Jackson has been a journalist for fourteen years, working at Harper’s Bazaar, The Daily Mail, Grazia and Glamour. Her debut Breaking Dead has attracted fantastic reviews. Read it yourself and find out why!

Here are some photos of the launch.

Signed copies of Nadiya Hussain cookbooks in stock!
The perfect gift for cooks of all ages

Nadiya was kind enough to sign some copies of her new books for us at the food festival, but numbers are limited. Nadiya’s Kitchen is a fantastic everyday cookbook with a range of delicious savoury and sweet dishes. Bake Me a Story is an inspired children’s book featuring classic stories re-told with a culinary twist, with each tale followed by the recipe inspired by the story.

Visit us or call 01932 862903 to reserve your copies!

Here are a few photos of her book signing session at the food festival.

Book Stall and and Nadiya Hussain Book Signing at Sandown Food Festival

We’ll be taking a tempting array of cookbooks, children’s books, fiction and other great reads to the Fantastic British Food Festival at Sandown Park on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September.

On Sunday Nadiya Hussain will be signing copies of her cookbooks at our stand at 2pm and 4pm. Come along to buy your copies before having them signed by Nadiya!

You can buy tickets to the event here

Summer Loyalty Day, Saturday 18th June, 9am-5.30pm

  • 15% off for Loyalty Card holders
  • 5% off for all other customers
  • Find the perfect gift for Father’s Day (Sunday 19th June)
  • Stock up on summer reading
  • Discount includes DVDs, audio books and stationery (excludes National Book Tokens)

#JPLovesBookshops Thank you event
Having received a James Patterson grant last year we were invited to say thank you in person on Monday 9th May at Penguin Random House offices on The Strand. James Patterson was charming, his speech was very funny but also highlighted his passionate belief in the connection between independent bookshops and children’s literacy. Having given over £500,000 to independent bookshops in the UK, along with huge amounts to bookshops and libraries in the USA, he is using his success as a writer to encourage children from all backgrounds to benefit from the enjoyment, job opportunities and versatility that a strong reading ability brings.

Cobham Players present Death In High Heels

death in high heelsThursday 21st, Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd April. Tickets £12 each with Buy One Get One Free offer on Thursday evening and Saturday matinee.

It’s a big day at Cristophe et Cie, a small couture house off Regent Street. Mr Bevan will announce which of his staff he is sending to France to be general manager of a new branch in Deauville. Will it be talented and elegant Miss Doon or the loyal and long-serving Miss Gregory? Perhaps senior saleswoman Irene or showroom manager Dorian will get the job. Events take a dramatic turn over lunch when Miss Doon collapses and dies, poisoned by the oxalic acid crystals that another employee, Rachel, has been using to clean her hat.

Inspector Charlesworth and Sergeant Wyler have a murder enquiry on their hands. Behind the glamour and gossip of a 1930s fashion house, secrets and lies are rife and more than one person may have harboured resentment towards Miss Doon. Richard Harris’s thrilling play is based on Christianna Brand’s debut crime novel.

Call the bookshop on 01932 862903 to reserve your tickets.

Cobham Players Pantomime

Snow White square for web v3-1 (2)The tickets for Snow White and the Seven Dwarves are on sale now. You can buy tickets in the bookshop or online here

The pantomime is on Thursday 14th, Friday 15th and Saturday 16th January, with matinee and evening performances on Saturday.

Tickets are £11 each, with a few special offers.

Thursday – Buy 1 Get 1 Free!
Friday-Saturday – Buy 10 tickets for the same performance and they will be £9 each instead of £11.

Christmas Loyalty Day, Saturday 21st November 9am-5.30pm

Xmas cardsBrowse the best new books and classic titles to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. We have beautiful Christmas cards, advent calendars, diaries and wall calendars in stock too. We also sell dvds, audio books, jigsaws and wrapping paper.
For ideas, look through our Christmas Catalogue or pick up a copy in store.

  • 15% discount for Loyalty Card holders
  • 5% discount for all other customers
  • Enjoy a drink while you browse

The discount does not apply to National Book Tokens or stamps. Save £50 of receipts (or spend £50 on the day) to qualify for a Loyalty Card.

Cobham Village Card Offer – Half Price Local History Book

An Estate For All Seasons‘An Estate For All Seasons: A History of Cobham Park’ by David Taylor  (hardback £17.99) is just £9 for Village Card holders.

This beautifully illustrated book reveals the history of Cobham Park since it was bought by Harvey Christian Combe, brewer and Lord Mayor of London, in 1806, and the family’s contribution to the growth of the estate and of Cobham village.

With fascinating insights from recent excavations, the book also tells the story of the land’s previous occupation dating back to the Anglo-Saxon period.

Harper Lee’s ‘Go Set A Watchman’ published 14th July 2015

DSCF1926 Join us on Tuesday 14th July to be among the first in the country to read the only other novel by Harper Lee, author of ‘To Kill A Mockingbird.’ This is the publishing event of 2015, and we’ll be celebrating all day.

We can’t tell you what happens in ‘Go Set A Watchman’ because it’s strictly embargoed, but we know it features characters from ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ later in their lives.

We have a limited number of special gifts to give when you buy the new book, and you can order your copy today on 01932 862903.

Summer Loyalty Day, Saturday 20th June, 9am-5.30pm

DSCF1872Join us at the bookshop and enjoy

  • 15% discount for Loyalty Card holders
  • 5% discount for all other customers
  • Find the perfect gift for Father’s Day on Sunday 21st June
  • Advice on your summer reading and book club choices
  • Discount includes all books, DVDs, CDs and stationery (excludes Book Tokens and stamps)

Collect £50 of our receipts or spend £50 on the day to qualify for the Loyalty Card.

Christmas Loyalty Day, Saturday 22nd November 9am-5.30pm

Join us to enjoy the benefits of shopping with your local independent bookshop and some special seasonal treats.

  • 15% discount for Loyalty Card holders
  • 5% discount for all other customers
  • Perfect Christmas cards and presents for family and friends
  • Enjoy a drink and nibbles while you browse
  • Discount includes all books, DVDs, CDs and stationery (excludes Book Tokens and stamps)

Summer Loyalty Day, Saturday 14th June9am -5.30pm

Join us for our bi-annual Loyalty Day, which this year is just in time for Father’s Day on Sunday 15th June.

  • 15% off for Loyalty Card holders
  • 5% discount for all other customers
  • Find the perfect Father’s Day gift
  • Choose your summer reading and book club books
  • Discount includes all books, DVDs, CDs and stationery (excludes Book Tokens)

Maggie Shipstead book signing, Wednesday 28th May, 10am.

We loved Maggie Shipstead’s debut novel and Dylan Thomas prize winner Seating Arrangements, and so did our customers who bought over 150 copies in paperback (an astonishing sales figure for a shop of our size). We are delighted to announce that the author will be joining us to sign copies of her excellent new novel Astonish Me. Join us from 10am on Wednesday 28th May to meet Maggie Shipstead and pick up signed copies of both her books. For our review of Seating Arrangements please see our Staff Recommendations page; the synopsis of Astonish Me is below.

Astonish Me

Rewarding read ? Dylan Thomas prize winner Maggie Shipstead.Seating Arrangements

Astonish Me:
From the prize-winning author of Seating Arrangements comes an exquisitely written, fiercely compelling glimpse into the demanding world of professional ballet and its magnetic hold over two generations. Astonish Me is the irresistible story of Joan, a young American dancer who helps a Soviet ballet star, the great Arslan Rusakov, defect in 1975. A flash of fame and a passionate love affair follow, but Joan knows that, onstage and off, she is destined to remain in the shadows.

After her relationship with Arslan sours, Joan decides to make a new life for herself. She quits ballet, marries a good man, and settles into the rhythm of Californian life with their son, Harry. But as the years pass, Joan comes to understand that ballet isn’t finished with her yet: for there is no mistaking that Harry is a prodigy.

Inevitably Joan is soon pulled back into a world she thought she’d left behind and back to Arslan. Gripping and dramatic, Astonish Me is a story about the nature of talent, the choices we must make in search of fulfilment, and how we can never truly escape from the secrets of the past.

May Bank Holiday Opening Hours
We are open on the bank holidays on 5th and 26th May from 10am until 4pm. Come and browse our range of new books or buy some of our new or classic DVDs to watch over the long weekend. 

The Cobham Players presents Ladies’ Day
‘A Comedy with a heart of gold!’
Thursday 24th, Friday 25th and Saturday 26th April 2014 at 8pm.
Tickets £10 from The Cobham Bookshop.
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Ladies’ Day is a comic play based on real events surrounding Royal Ascot’s move to York in 2005. The main characters are four women who work together in a fish factory. For Pearl, Jan, Shelley and Linda, work, life and love are one hard slog. Their fortunes are set to change when Linda finds tickets to Ladies’ Day. Out go the hairnets, overalls and wellies as the four ditch work, do themselves up to the nines and head off to the races for a drink, a flirt and a flutter. If their luck holds they could hit the jackpot – and a lot more besides!

Don’t miss this popular play full of warmth and humour. Call us now to book your tickets on 01932 862903.

Surrey Ad coverage of Ladies' Day

Surrey Ad coverage of Ladies’ Day

Jennifer Clement, whose novel Prayers for the Stolen is one of our Staff Recommendations, wrote an article recently about the true stories that inspired her book.

We were delighted that the Surrey Advertiser covered our book launch of Janetta Harvey’s Saving Susie-Belle.
Janetta Harvey Surrey Ad coverage

Saving Susie-Belle book signing event with Janetta Harvey.
Sunday 2nd February, 2pm-4pm
Saving Susie Belle RHB Cover_Saving Susie Belle RHB CoverPlease join us for a drink with author Janetta Harvey, whose book Saving Susie-Belle tells the uplifting true story of how she rescued a Schnauzer from an abusive puppy farm.

Now living a happy life in a loving home, Susie-Belle spent six years trapped in a puppy farm, where she was used for breeding and lived in terrible conditions, never seeing the world outside her shed. As well an being an endearing tale of a dog given a second chance at life, this book also investigates the practice of puppy farming in Britain. A must-read for all dog-lovers.

The Sleeping Beauty – The Cobham Players 2014 PantomimeSleeping Beauty A5 Poster low resThursday 16th, Friday 17th and Saturday 18th January 2014, 7.30pm, and Saturday Matinee performance at 2.30pm. Tickets £8, available from The Cobham Bookshop 01932 862903.

The pantomime The Sleeping Beauty is from the classic fairy tale of a beautiful princess, a wicked fairy, the wonder of sleep, a handsome prince and a happy ending. The story has been enchanting audiences – children and adults alike – since 1697.

This version of the pantomime won the NODA SW ‘Best Pantomime’ award in 2012. So come along and support your local amateur dramatic group, and give the kids a treat!

Cobham at Christmas, Friday 29th November, 6pm-8.30pm

We will be staying open late to celebrate Cobham at Christmas 2013. Join us to watch the parade as it goes past and to browse for Christmas gifts or a great read for those long winter evenings.

Cobham Bookshop Loyalty Day & Author Signings, Saturday 23rd November, 9am-5.30pm

DSCF9108Bring your Loyalty Card with you to receive 15% off your purchases and get your Christmas shopping done in one day! Our staff will be ready to help you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Enjoy a glass of wine and some nibbles while you have a leisurely browse through our carefully chosen stock.

If you don’t have a Loyalty Card it’s still worth coming on this day, as you’ll receive a 5% discount. If you spend £50 or more then you will qualify for the Loyalty Card and 15% off (and 5% off all year round). The discount does not apply to National Book Tokens or stamps, but does include DVDs, audio books and stationery.

We will have three authors signing their books on the day. First, June Spencer (Peggy from The Archers) will be signing copies of her autobiography. Andrew Swanston, author of The King’s Spy and The King’s Exile, will also be joining us. For teens and older children Andy Robb will be signing copies of his two very funny funny Geekhood novels.

We have ordered some very special books this year which will make impressive and original gifts. Our art, fashion, photography, travel, history, nature, science and cookery sections often feature large and lavishly illustrated books. We will also have an excellent selection of paperbacks and small but beautifully formed books ideal as stocking fillers.Children’s books are a delight at this time of year, and we always stock a wide range of classics and the best new books to fire their imagination for years to come.

Our ordering service can make life easier at this busy time of year. Simply telephone or visit us to order the books you want, and we’ll do the rest. If titles are in stock at our wholesaler then they arrive with us the next day.

£3 off the new Guinness World Records 2014!

Guinness World Records 2014

Guinness World Records 2014

This eternally popular book is always in great demand with children and teenagers at Christmas, so we recommend an early purchase. We’re giving £3 off (RRP £20) and you can call to claim your copy today on 01932 862903.

Filled with remarkable feats and facts about the world and everything in it, and a testament to the sheer oddness and excellence of human activity, this book is always entertaining. It’s “officially amazing”!

Cobham Village Card offer on Vintage Books throughout August 2013

Cobham Village Card holders can claim £1 off all Vintage Books paperbacks during August. Vintage are a fantastic publisher whose range includes classic books for adults and children as well as contemporary fiction including A S Byatt, Ian McEwan and Toni Morrison. Come and see the selection in the window display, browse the shelves in store or ask our staff for recommendations.

You can get the Village Card for free and see other offers from local businesses at

Here are a few of our favourite Vintage Books publications

Summer Loyalty Day
Saturday 29th June 9am-5.30pm

15% discount for Loyalty Card Holders
5% discount for all other customers
(excludes Book Tokens and postage stamps)

mary albaneseWith a reading and book signing at 12 noon by Mary Albanese, author of Midnight Sun, Arctic Moon: Mapping the Wild Heart of Alaska

Mary Albanese’s remarkable experiences as a young geological explorer in Alaska are at the core of her dramatic and engaging memoir Midnight Sun, Arctic Moon. She will be signing copies and reading from the book at The Cobham Bookshop on Saturday 29th June 2013. The reading will start at 12 noon.

Originally from upstate New York, in 1977 Mary was just 23 when she decided to leave her safe and conventional path to map the remote wildernesses of Alaska. Joining a small team of visionary explorers Mary faced great hardships and dangers, as well as excitement. Surviving in a harsh environment and persisting in the face of tragedy, this memoir reveals the inner journeys she took while immersed in a remarkable landscape.

Mary Albanese is an author, artist, and scriptwriter. She currently lives in Surrey, England. Her book is available at £9.99 and signed copies will be available on Saturday 29th June.

Reviews of Midnight Sun, Arctic Moon

“What makes this memoir fascinating is that it is an amusing, no-holds-barred, coming-of-age story of a kind seldom written by women.” – from the Foreword by Lael Morgan.

“An engaging memoir of an adventurous life in Alaska – tough, humorous, and inspiring.” – Meg Gardiner, aruthor of The Nightmare Thief