A new second-hand bookshop selling fiction at knock-down prices has opened in a village in Oxfordshire.

The final stage of the Community Bookshop in Charlbury, near Chipping Norton was completed last Thursday (June 15).

Several dozen book enthusiasts gathered in the newly opened fiction book room for a glass of wine and a chance to buy a new novel.

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The Community Bookshop occupies four of the rooms in the community-owned 'Corner House' in the centre of the town.

It claims to stock the largest selection of second-hand books in north Oxfordshire.

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Books range from 50p to £2 in price and have all been donated by local well-wishers.

Neil Pakenham-Walsh founded the bookshop and is one of the growing team of volunteers who now run the shop.

He said: "It really took off during Covid.

“People weren't allowed to visit bookshops, and so we began a delivery service, providing hundreds of books at 50p each to people in their homes. 

“Since then, the number of books donated, and sold, has grown enormously; and we now have four rooms of books: fiction, non-fiction, children's and antique & collectable."

The shop also holds short specialist sales of books & magazines, some at 20p each or even free.

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Last week there was a bumper sale of railway-related material, and of 1960s science fiction.

Volunteer and trustee of Corner House, John Partington said: "We're very grateful to local people who donate so generously.

“All profits go to the upkeep and development of this lovely historic building - and in the process we provide a wonderful opportunity for local people and visitors to buy top-quality books at seriously cheap prices."

The shop is open from 10 am - 1 pm on Monday to Saturdays and is just a short walk from the railway station and by bus from Oxford, Witney and Chipping Norton.