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There are exciting changes coming to Much Ado - developments that demand we close for a few weeks beginning in January. We're excited about the plans, and hope that when you read about them you'll look forward to browsing a transformed bookshop, supporting our new Social Enterprise . . . and enjoying a new, unique space we're calling Prospero's Project.

We sold books in America for 20 years before moving to England 15 years ago. That adds up to 35 years of selling old and new books, which seems to have passed in less time than it takes to turn a page!

We want to express our gratitude for all the help, guidance and the wonderful books that publishers have provided us. But most of all we want to express our gratitude for all the support from customers throughout the years.

These are changing times in the world and the industry, and we believe we should be part of the change.

So we're dedicating Much Ado as a new Social Enterprise, hoping to encourage a love of books and reading and supporting people who currently cannot access all the pleasures books can provide.

And we're launching a new, experimental space named Prospero's Project - part bookshop, part gallery, part social club, part workshop space . . . A place unlike anywhere else.

Much Ado itself will move into our yard and barn - a new home with the same wonderful range of books.

The new Much Ado will retain all the elements that have contributed to our success: The specially selected range, unique setting, customer service and personal touches that set us apart.

Our lovely yard and barn will become Much Ado's new centre, with outbuildings and a main light-filled shop floor filled with wonderful books.

The current shop building will become Prospero's Project. It will be a bit experimental, perhaps a bit surprising, and it will no doubt change over time.

Social Enterprise

You may already be aware that for decades we have raised funds for causes that support a love of reading. Our new social enterprise will build on this work.

We have recently piloted a project providing high-quality new books for clients of local Trussell Trust foodbanks. The feedback has been very positive, and suggests the project might grow and bring books to many more people who need a little kindness.

We are also exploring ways to support a local academy, which is working its way out of special measures. Recent improvements are more than heartening, but budgetary limitations continue to affect the school's library.

Other projects will no doubt present themselves. We hope Prospero's Project will grow in unexpected ways, letting us share the love of reading that first led us into this business.

What's Next?

Early in 2018 we'll be closing Much Ado to make the physical changes our transition requires. We will be scheduling events to be held at various venues, and even while closed we will be able to source books and fulfill special orders.

We hope to involve our customers and supporters in developing ideas for both the bookshop and for Prospero's Project - so please look out for announcements of opportunities to take part in questionnaires and focus groups!

But some things won't change. We'll still offer a special selection of carefully-chosen new books. And we'll still offer collectors fascinating old and antiquarian books. You'll be able to find greeting cards, and we'll happily order in books that we don't stock.

We envision a wonderful book-lover's haven; a place to lose yourself and to discover something wonderful to read.

We hope you'll enjoy it with us!