Meet the team

Simon Holmes

Simon Holmes

‘As the proud new owner of the Archway Bookshop, I am realising a long-held dream. I have loved books all my life but never thought I would have the opportunity to run my own bookshop. I have lived just a few miles away in Colyton for the past 25 years and am making a big jump to bookselling from a career as a senior social worker with a specialism in child safeguarding. As a newbie to this business, I am delighted to have Jane, Liz and Rosemary beside me. My own book tastes are wide ranging — from crime to biographies.’

Tim Pritchard

‘As the previous owner of the Archway, it is a delight for me to be back here (usually on Mondays to Wednesdays) to support Simon and catch up with so many old friends. My love of books goes back to childhood when I was even known to read while sitting in a tree! I ran the shop for six years having previously managed Serendip in Lyme Regis for several years.’

Liz Stonex

‘You will usually find me at Archway on Fridays but I sometimes cover lunchtimes on other days. I first worked in an antiquarian bookshop in Bath, and then briefly in one opposite the British Museum in London. Between then, late 60s, and starting working part time in Archway Bookshop in 2005, I ran a landscape and garden design business. I have always read a lot, novels, thrillers, non-fiction, and back to the classics – Dickens, Victorian, 20th century. I love working at the Archway — meeting people, and recommending books that they might enjoy. With two spaniels and an aged terrier at home, it is great that Simon is continuing the Archway tradition of bringing a dog to work.’

Rachel Tettersell

‘I have been an avid reader since a child and enjoy reading modern fiction.  My favourite authors are Kate Atkinson, Ann Tyler and Jeanette Winterson.  I have been running the Archway Book Club in Axminster for over a year and have as a result read other books which have broadened my reading. As an ex employee of Archway,  it’s great to be back and to see so many familiar and loyal customers.’

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