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Forest Books of Uppingham in Rutland is in need of a new owner following the death of David Siddons

A second-handbook shop is in need of a new owner.

The leasehold of Forest Books, on High Street West in Uppingham, can be purchased after owner David Siddons, died of cancer in August.

Chris Siddons, his nephew who lives in Sussex, said: “It would be idea for someone who wants to run a book shop as a second career or wants something interesting to keep them going.

Forest Books of Uppingham. Photo: Google Maps
Forest Books of Uppingham. Photo: Google Maps

Read more: The shop will now close by December.

“If we could find someone to carry it on then that would be great.

“At the moment it’s open four days a week between 11am and 4pm and one of the things that someone could do is open it a bit more.

“My uncle had been running it since the 1990s so it has got a bit tired but I feel it is just sad to close it down.

“There must people who would like to run a bookshop.

“It will suit someone like a writer who can maybe write in the corner while running the shop or a bibliophile who would be able to read as well as selling the books.

“There are two long-serving assistants who are part-time and they could come with the business.”

David Siddons opened the shop in 1994 and as well as selling books, the shop also sells postcards, greetings cards, sheet music, maps and offers a copy and design service.

He had started up the business in Leicester in 1985 and the Uppingham shop has about 25,000 books in stock.

The book enthusiast obtained a maths degree from the University of Birmingham and taught maths before opening up the bookshop.

He also gave numerous talks, including ones on Uppingham, the English Language and maths.

Chris said the shop is rented off Baines Bakery next door and he would like to invite offers for it.

Anyone interested in taking on the shop should email him at css@chrisandmarceline.co.uk or speak to John or Ian in the shop.

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