"Eclectic, thoughtful, and tempting - a must for book lovers visiting Norwich"
- Margaret Atwood
"The kind of place I dreamt of existing in Norwich when I was growing up"
- Stephen Fry
"One of the best bookshops I've ever been in"
- Ian McMillan
- Michael Gove
The Book Hive is a place that celebrates the beauty of printed material - as well as the pleasures of whimsical, alternative curation.
We display our stock in a way that maximises the visual impact of book design, liberally spreading titles over tables and shelves 'face out' wherever possible. The shop is also famous (or infamous) for foregoing traditional 'sections' in favour of mixes of the booksellers' personal picks, allowing for a unique browsing experience and the kind of serendipitous stumbling that more conservative layouts - or algorithms - cannot replicate.
The shop building itself has been lovingly renovated inside, combining the old charm and character of the original space with a playful sense of fun and panache. The overall effect - we hope - is an invitation to visit, browse, discuss and spend time reading, not just to come and buy books.
We host regular events in the shop, including a weekly quiet reading hour, author signings, and book launches, as well as other tangentially-book-related goings on.
Remember: if the book you're after isn't in stock, we can normally get it to the shop next day - or to your door in 48 hours.
The Book Hive opened in October 2009 and was named The Daily Telegraph’s Best Small Bookshop in Britain at the start of 2011.
Later, it won first place in the East in The Independent’s Top 50 Bookshops in the UK.
Most recently, the shop was the East of England regional winner in the 2018 Bookseller Best Bookshop Awards.
Propolis is the publishing imprint of The Book Hive.
Propolis publishes work that responds to the curiosity of today's best booksellers -
those who champion the under-appreciated, the under-represented, the little-known and the subversive.