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Late Night Shopping - Friday 3rd December from 5pm 

Join us for festive treats and good reads!

Wadhurst's late night Christmas opening is back! The lights are up so come and join the festive throng on the High Street. We'll be staying open into the evening, offering festive treats (to eat!) and help to find the right books for your family and friends.

We have a fabulous selection of books for all ages and tastes for you to browse and can order anything we don't have for delivery to store within 24-48 hours.

We can also send orders direct from our suppliers to friends/family further afield (including a gift message) to save you queuing at the Post Office!

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Summer Holidays - 15% off for teachers!

We were pleased to offer teachers a discount over the summer holidays as a small gesture to thank them for all their hard work with the ever-changing Covid environment over the past year.

Hopefully our teachers managed to find some time for themselves over the summer and could enjoy a good book for just a little less.


2021 Booker Prize Longlist announced (27 July)

Come and browse this year's longlist in store - it's excitingly varied.

Check out the list at:

We've yet to read them all ourselves (we're getting there!) but can highly recommend Light Perpetual, Klara and the Sun and Great Circle.


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Barnett's summer newsletter published (20 July)

Read our latest newsletter, with exciting news about our next literary lounge (on 4 November).

Also, a review of the Barnett's best-sellers of the past few months and a brief update on the new paint-job, awnings and shop sign bringing Phase 1 to completion!​

Read our newsletter by clicking here and subscribe for future newsletters and updates on events by clicking here (or using the button at the top of the page)

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Matson Taylor dropped by to sign his new novel (5 July)

Look no further for a funny, perfectly pitched modern fairytale - just what you need for a sunny summer afternoon (assuming we get some sunshine!)

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CWP Prize 2021 - Barnett's own Jenny is on the shortlist!

So pleased to see recognition for Barnett's own Jenny (Jen Fraser) on being selected for the longlist for the Comedy Women in Print Prize 2021 - Unpublished novel category.​

We look forward to launching the published book at Barnett's before too long! Good luck for the final selection...

Read more by clicking here

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We're going on a bear Wadhurst

To celebrate Independent Bookshop Week, intrepid explorers joined in a hunt to find a bear in ten Wadhurst businesses between 15th and 22nd June. Those who found all the bears received a certificate and prizes from Barnett's. The event was such a success that we are thinking of running another hunt (different theme) later in the year!


Barnett's is officially the best bookshop in Sussex!

We are delighted to have been named as the "Best Bookshop in Sussex" in the Muddy Stilettos Awards 2019, the biggest lifestyle awards outside London. Muddy Stilettos is known as the ultimate urban guide to the countryside and is itself an award-winning innovative blog.

For more information, visit Muddy Stilettos. 


BOOK LAUNCH: Natalie Hart's Pieces of Me

We were thrilled to welcome our very own Natalie Hart to help launch her wonderful first novel: Pieces of Me. It was lovely to see so many local book lovers and old friends gathered in the shop where Natalie herself had spent so much time in her teens! 

Pieces of Me, which was nominated for the 2018 Costa Awards, is an assured debut. Set in Iraq and the USA, it explores the conflicting emotions arising out of modern day warfare. This would make a great Book Club read!