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Discover the charm of your community bookshop


An inclusive space to explore books, make friends and connect with your love of reading.

We are Books on the Hill—a local independent bookshop in the heart of Clevedon’s lively Hill Road community.

We welcome local customers and those just visiting to browse our many books, board games, teas and gifts in-store and provide an easy way to buy books online.

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The gift of books

For those that love books as much as us, we also offer monthly subscriptions for adults and children, a personally curated selection of titles sent directly to you, perfect as a gift or a little treat for yourself.

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The dyslexia shop

We pride ourselves on our commitment to dyslexic readers and sell a wide range of children’s titles and books for adult readers that we publish through BOTH Press.

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Our work with schools

We love being in Clevedon and often give our time to help inspire local school children, getting them excited and enthusiastic about reading through different events and author visits.

We also supply books from a wide range of publishers, making sure there is plenty of choice in schools across the curriculum and different ages and reading needs.


Meet the team – Alistair, Chloe, Jo and Beth

Come into the shop on any day, and you’ll be greeted by a friendly face.

We’re on hand to answer your questions and help you discover new great reads, whether you are buying for yourself or someone else. And we’re always happy to share our passions for fantasy and sci-fi, children’s literature, loose-leaf tea and dyslexic friendly books!

Alistair Sims

Alistair, who has a doctorate in Archeology, had difficulty reading up until he was 13 but has since fallen in love with books and is now committed to helping others in his position.

His is also an independent Scholar, Dyslexia advocate, and Publisher at BOTH press.

The Winner of the ‘Daily Point of Light Award’ on World Book Day 2023 for his work for dyslexia and literacy. Regional finalist for the south west of  Small Press of the year in the ‘British Book Awards 2023’.

Winner of the Community shinning-Star award, the Innovation Award and finalist of the Entrepreneur award at the ‘Dyslexia Awards 2023’. He’s always on hand to curate your perfect booklist. 

Chloe Smirk

Chloe has been a prolific reader since she was eight, and you could often find her lost in a novel. Together, owning a bookshop has always been their dream.

She had a degree in history and archaeology and loves anything with historical costumes.

She had been an integral member of the bookshop since its inception, and over 9 years experience in the book trade, and importantly over 14 years of experience living with a partner with dyslexia.

She is on hand to give advice on helping  loved ones with dyslexia and always there to recommend great reads.

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Lucy B

I was looking to buy two books for our nephew’s birthday. Books on the Hill ordered them in for me, wrote and note and hand delivered them! A pleasure to deal with such a lovely small business!

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Great local bookshop. Good stock and friendly, knowledgeable assistance when you need it.

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John Andrews

Wonderful local bookshop and if they haven't got what you want they get it within a few days. Knowledgeable and helpful staff.

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Max Khanna

A lovely independent bookshop with amazingly knowledgeable booksellers.

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Sarah Jane Laidler

Alistair had so much knowledge & his recommendations were welcome.

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Victoria Morris

Great so. Really friendly and knowledgeable staff. I highly recommend it!