Derek Addyman and Anne Brichto first opened Addyman Books in 1987, in a ten-foot room at the Blue Boar Inn in Hay on Wye. Only six months later success shunted us into larger premises on nearby Lion Street. This rapidly expanded into the well-loved burrow of books that is still to be found there today.
In 1997 we opened a bookshop specialising in detective fiction, Murder and Mayhem, just across the road. And five years later, the jewel in the crown of the Addyman triumvirate was opened – The Addyman Annexe. This is the shop that specialises in the sexier material: beat, sex, drugs, art, modern firsts, poetry, philosophy, left wing history and the occasional occult work!
Between the three shops an inviting little community has been created for the new visitor to Hay as well as our regular customers. Murder & Mayhem has been described as the most elaborately decorated shop, and our premises in Lion Street has recently had some refurbishment works and we now have a lovely bright children's area with room to play, as well as installing a beautiful church interior in Baroque style in our large room downstairs, running through to the paperback room. It has enabled us to display books at their best and looks absolutely stunning!
As with so many bookshops, much of our business is now conducted on the internet; but the development of e-commerce has been parallel to and not at the expense of our shops.
Addyman Books is known for its fair prices, clean and well chosen stock, and a specialisation in English literature and modern first editions. The unusual combination of semi-suicidal owners and six lovely members of staff (Paula, our manager, Marion, Molly, Simon, and Seb and Lucie) makes this one of the most successful and exciting bookshops in Hay.
October 2009 - Monroe, our beloved shop cat, passed away peacefully in his sleep. He will be missed by us all.