The Crime Writers’ Association

Supporting booksellers

The CWA strongly believe in the value of bricks-and-mortar booksellers, both independents and chains, and work to support and encourage their work.

We do this in several ways:

CWA Featured Bookseller

We regularly feature bookshops and booksellers who go above and beyond to bring the latest crime fiction and non-fiction to their customers.

Booksellers Champion

Bestselling author Elly Griffiths is our Booksellers’ Champion, ably assisted by Vaseem Khan and William Shaw. She writes:

‘There are several things we can all do to support our local booksellers which, in turn, may encourage them to support us. For example, make a visit to your local bookshop. They will love to see you. Take a photo of yourself there and post it on social media with the caption #thecwalovesbookshops. Find out if your local bookshop stocks your books. If they do, offer to sign them. If they don’t, they may change their minds after seeing your lovely face. Also, when you post buying links, be sure to add as well as (or even instead of) Amazon. It all helps to support local bookshops.’

CWA Featured Bookseller – Books on the Hill

As part of the CWA Booksellers Champion initiative, we want to celebrate bookshops and booksellers, because we believe bookshops don’t just sell our books – they bring our streets alive. This month William Shaw talks to Antonia Mason of Books on the Hill in St Albans.

If you’d like your bookshop to feature, contact


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