There’s a new book shop / cafe combo open in Stirling and aren’t we all happy to see it? The Book Nook looks like one of those very cool shops you’d find in Byers Road or Edinburgh, transplanted to Stirling’s Upper Craigs, in walking distance of The Thistle Centre. I popped into see it last week (15th September) with friend and author of creepy Scottish fiction for Children, Alex Nye. Oh, she’s a hoot. We like drinking tea, buying books, and moaning about The Tories. The Book Nook is perfect for all three. Their shelves are full of second hand books neatly arranged in order. Not any old donated fare, their collection is carefully curated fiction and non-fiction in excellent condition. There are out-of-print books with cover art from previous print runs, because sometimes you prefer a front cover before the latest ‘limited edition with new art’ overthrows it. I found a copy of Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis from the early noughties there, which looks better than the ghastly current print run artwork.
FACT: there should be something in our contracts about good cover art. Honestly, it makes a difference. Always judge a book by its cover.
The Book Nook uses every bit of space efficiently. Everything is considered. They serve bagels and cake with your usual drinks (tea, coffee, hot chocolate) and when everyone working at The Book realised Alex was in their shop, they rushed out the kitchen to see her as she waved merrily. I ordered a bagel with cheese and pesto, but I nearly went for the Banana and Nutella variant. Everything was very pleasant. “We have to come back here,” I said. I returned to The Nook yesterday only to find the place crammed and every seat taken. Disappointed, but sympathetic for all the students who can’t do anything right now due to Covid, I headed elsewhere. My tip for future trips: go early and ask for the Banana and Nutella bagel. Oh, and buy a book or two.