We are a family-run business located approximately six miles from the beautiful market town of Barnard Castle, County Durham. Here’s who we are:
John picked up his first first edition book at a car boot sale for 10 pence when he was 7 years old. He graduated from the University of Essex with a BA (Hons), followed by an MSc. and PhD at the University of Newcastle, specialising in Sociophonetics. The choice between academia and the world of rare books was an easy one and John has been buying and selling since 2007. His specialisms are Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels, The Booker Prize and literary fiction, with a particular interest in female writers of the 1950s. John deals with sales and purchases. His main interests outside books are drinking coffee, swimming, driving slow cars and following the mighty Durham County Cricket Club. John’s favourite book (by a million miles) is Roald Dahl’s ‘Danny The Champion of the World’.
Lottie recently joined us following a career in primary education and brings knowledge of which children’s books really are a good read. She deals with online selling, marketing, postage. Her interests outside work are reading, drinking plonk, riding and spending time with John and their beautiful son, Joss. She has an eclectic taste in books with her favourites being crime fiction, children’s books and Dick Francis.
The business has been operating online for around eight years, with over fifteen years of collecting experience on a range of genres, specialising in literature, crime and detective fiction and adventure novels.
The aim of the website is to highlight a selection of titles within our stock.
Our main aim is to offer highly collectable first edition volumes, which are signed, rare and which are wholly unique.
John Atkinson Books are full time book sellers and full members of the ABA (Antiquarian Booksellers Association), ILAB (International League of Antiquarian Booksellers) and P.B.F.A. (Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association) – and are proud to trade under their guidelines.
Unless stated within the description, ALL our books are first edition, first printings (impressions).
As we are constantly updating stock on our website, the books available from us are only a small selection of our actual stock. If you require a certain title which is currently unavailable on our main site, we do offer a book search service for we are able to source the title you require within a 7 day time-frame.
As a client of John Atkinson Books, we offer tailor-made solutions to first edition collection building. Be it the final book to complete a collection or a full twenty book run, we would expect to source any book within a 7 day time frame – with our free worldwide delivery, our quoted price is all you have to pay, no matter how many books you order.
Birthday/Christening/Wedding Present Service
Why not let John Atkinson Books provide your loved one with a collectable first edition published in the year of their birth? Not only is a first edition a superb present, but it is also an excellent investment which will only grow in price over time.