Monday, March 9, 2009

EMW Bookshop, Bryntirion

Presenting the second in an occasional series: 'In Many Bookshops with Mr. Charmley'.

The Evangelical Movement of Wales maintains a number of bookshops, located in strategic places in Wales. The bookshop at Bryntirion, Bridgend, is located in the EMW headquarters at Bryntirion House, also home to the Wales Evangelical School of Theology. These two institutions impact the nature of the bookshop. While it stocks many general titles, the fact that the buildings see a relatively high proporion of ministers and theological students means that there is a great quantity of more intellectually demanding material as well. The stock is balanced, and there is a wide range of books on the shelves. The books found here are generally Reformed in their orientation, with a certain amount of general evangelical stuff as well. Our photograph shows just one corner of the shop, and mostly the 'New Titles' shelves. There is a small second-hand section, the books in it of course being very much dependent on what people want to get rid of at the time. I found the staff helpful and knowledgable, and they are willing to order books that they do not have in stock. The shop is located on the ground floor of the building, with level access. I found this a good bookshop to use, but then I was going to a fraternal in the EMW offices at the time!

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