Here at Hot Key Books we have been raving about how much we LOVE our local booksellers – they are passionate and impartial about what’s brilliant and up and coming. They give us tips about when authors might be in town, and suggestions about what we should be reading and recommending.

But how well do you know your local bookseller? Are you a walking yellow pages for all the book shops, large and small, in your local area? Are you on first name terms with the person behind the counter? Do you share a love of literature over a coffee or slice of cake? If you think you could claim to know your bookseller buddies the best, or would like to get to know them a little better we have a challenge for you!



  1. Find a friendly bookseller
  2. Start up a conversation
  3. Start collecting points
  4. Send us in your evidence and final scores
  5. We’ll declare a winner
  6.  Make sure you ask the permission of your friendly bookseller
  7. Deadline is MONDAY at 5pm


1 point – Your Bookseller’s name

2 points – Your Bookseller’s Desert Island Book

3 points – Your Bookseller’s attempt at drawing their favourite protagonist/villain

5 points – A photo of you and your bookseller.

10 points – A photo of you and your bookseller and a key!

If you fancy taking part, leave us a comment with your collected evidence on this blog post.

**We will donate the highest score in pounds to the National Literacy Trust**

The Hot Key Challenge starts here!