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“Sadly this independent Christian bookshop closed 31st January 2013”
Review of Upper Room Bookshop - CLOSED

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Upper Room Bookshop
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Reviewed 23 July 2013

Apparently even within this very narrow field they could not compete with Amazon or the resilient but uncomfortably low level of national interest in Christianity. I used to think that it was a bit too close to the flabby, happy, simplistic and less thoughtful end of the non-conformist spectrum but, theologies and real life are always interesting and over time I bought from here maybe three times a year. It's a pity it's closed but times, whether you like them or not, nabe moved on. There is a nice signing off on their website, which has been kept open. I wish the owners a happy, peaceful and lengthy retirement.

Date of experience: January 2013
1  Thank Jannerbloke
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Reviewed 13 January 2013

Been around for decades but maybe not for much longer. This shop sells Christian books and materials. Hidden away a bit in a first floor room. I came in last week because I saw a sign saying stock was being reduced by 25% (maybe 20%?). There are still some classic texts that even agnostics and non-believers want or need to read, Waterstones has very little theology so I had a look around and did buy. The couple who run the shop are very committed and friendly. It must be very dispiriting to watch the dwindling active public interest or belief as well as the inexorable and increasing move from bookshops to online book buying. It must have been very galling to see the type of heavy discounting in a narrow minority field where RRPs are essential to pay the bills on the High Street. Who knows what the future holds for the Upper Room but if you want to read the type of books they sell get in there now.

Date of experience: January 2013
3  Thank Chas C
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Reviewed 30 August 2012

Have called in from time to time. Nice people. Soft and easy edge of churchiness. Upstairs shop makes it difficult for older folk like my mum and aunt. Some talk of the shop changing or at least not staying here for too much longer. The staff pointed to a recent press report that they were looking for change or a transfer perhaps to some church premises. Times change. It would be a pity if this business moved out of the mainstream shopping area but it's in a very specific market and maybe it should be closer to active church goers. There is a shop area inside the back of St Andrews in Royal Parade which has a good many books. Maybe that is the way forward. Meanwhile the Upper Room is still in Cornwall Street and remains committed. If you didn't know it was there, go take a look.

Date of experience: August 2012
8  Thank Crow M
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Reviewed 28 April 2012

Beware this is a first floor shop with no disabled access. Interesting place but caters mostly for those who already believe unquestioningly and need to feed their need. Staff friendly and helpful. Vast number of periodicals etc.

Date of experience: March 2012
13  Thank Chris D
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Reviewed 17 November 2011

The name says it. A cosy nod to popular Christianity. This is not a pan theological, academic or established church shop like the sadly no more SPCK but rather a broad extensive selection more along the reassuring happy clappy or Sunday school line. But, the staff are friendly, the number of books large and they will try to order anything you want. Waterstones and the University Bookseller in Plymouth have smaller academic offerings if that's what you need.

Date of experience: September 2011
11  Thank Jannerbloke
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