Cressida Cowell Book Tour September 12th Book Now


Cressida Cowell, author-illustrator of the 8-million-copy-selling How to Train Your Dragon series, will launch her new series in Portsmouth on September 12th.

Her new magical adventure series starts with Which Way To Anywhere which features K2 O’Hero and his twin sister Izzabird who have been sworn to keep their family’s magical history a secret. Not even their infuriating stepsiblings, Theo and Mabel, know Magic exists. But K2 has a secret gift. He draws maps of fantasy worlds that are beyond the wildest of imaginations.

The Hayling Island Bookshop, will hold a series of events in the city that day. The evening event is open to members of the public across the region.

In the daytime, in conjunction with Portsmouth School Library Service, the Hayling Island Bookshop will hold two events – one in the north of the city and one in the south of the city. Participating schools are sending pupils to these venues by arrangement with the School Library Service.

In the evening, there is a family event starting at 5pm in the David Russell Theatre, within Portsmouth Grammar School, Old Portsmouth. This is bookable by families across the Solent area as well as by pupils from the Grammar School. Cressida will introduce her brand new book, talk about her inspiration and give writing and drawing tips to the children. Tickets cost £12.99 and include a copy of the new book signed by Cressida.


Marie Telford Owner of The Hayling Island Bookshop says “We are delighted to be able to host these  launch events with Cressida. We’ve worked with her on a number of occasions and her events are energetic and inspiring and have been described as unmissable!”

To book tickets for the early evening family event, call The Hayling Island Bookshop on 02392 466 620.

A Selection Of Books For Christmas

Our Christmas book catalogue is now available to browse on line. You can visit us or order by telephone, email or though our website as shown below. If required, we will deliver free, to your doorstep in the local area. We can also arrange shipment of books, DVD’s and CD’s direct from our wholesaler to your friends and family anywhere in the UK – this can include a brief personal message from you. Click on this link to view our catalogue

Please note that in addition to books, DVD’s and CD’s, we have a range of jigsaw puzzles and family games that you can order and have delivered locally as well as National Book Tokens or our own Book Tokens.

Ordering is easy, payment by card over the phone.

Telephone: 02392 466 620

Our website “Order” page:

Thank you, Marie and Colin

Temporary Changes To Opening Hours

We have been working all through the last difficult eighteen months and need to take a short break to recharge our batteries!

We will be closed most days between Wednesday August 18th and Monday August 30th inclusive.

The days that we are open are as follows but we would suggest that you telephone first to check before visiting us.

Friday 20th 9am to 1pm

Monday 23rd 9am to 1pm

Friday 27th 9am to 1pm

From Tuesday August 31st we are back to our normal business hours – 09.00 to 4pm (closed Wednesday and Sundays). Thank you for your support to us during these difficult times and we look forward to seeing you again very soon.

Independent Bookshop Week


To celebrate Independent Bookshop Week, we are continuing our Sale of children’s books –  three for a £1 from the tables outside the store. A wide range of short reads arranged by age group.

We are also pleased to offer signed bookplates by the following fabulous authors when you purchase their books – Michael Morpurgo, Jacqueline Wilson,  Cressida Cowell, Clare Balding and Michelle Robinson

You can view our free Summer Reads catalogue on line by clicking on this link

We do hope you’ll order the featured books from us – free local delivery if required.

Clearance Sale and Free Booktime Magazine

We reopen on Monday 12th April – we would like to express our gratitude to all our customers for their support, especially over the last difficult year.

We will continue to provide a safe environment for our customers to browse and shop.

Our new opening hours are 9am till 4pm, closed Wednesdays and Sundays. We will continue to accept orders seven days a week by telephone, email or through our website as shown below with free local delivery to your doorstep.

Stock Clearance Sale starts Monday 12th April to make way for new stock selected books are up to 80% off – Hardbacks £3 and Paperbacks £2

Free Booktime Magazine for book lovers – we hope you will chose to buy books featured from us rather than from the internet. Use this link to access the March/ April edition

Portsmouth BookFest 2021

The annual Portsmouth BookFest starts on 15th February and this year celebrates ten years of the festival with an exciting programme of events. This year almost all events will be delivered online via Zoom so that you can take part from the safety and comfort of your home.

The festival is run by Portsmouth City Library Service in partnership with independent booksellers The Hayling Island Bookshop. You can help support The Hayling Island Bookshop, one of the few remaining independent Bookshops on the south coast, by ordering many of the books from authors featured in BookFest. Just telephone (02392 466 620) or email your order ( to us or use the Order tab on this website and we will arrange free local doorstep delivery or send books by post to you if you live further away.

This year, we are excited to welcome bestselling crime authors Mark Billingham and Leigh Russell to the festival. Leigh will appear as part of the all -day MysteryFest event on Saturday 6th March which has a theme of ‘all kinds of crime’ and will feature an expert talk on wildlife crime delivered by Dr Nick Pamment.

We are delighted that poet Lemn Sissay MBE will be appearing at BookFest for the first time. Lemn’s critically acclaimed, moving memoir My Name Is Why was published in 2019 and Lemn was featured on the BBC’s Imagine series.

Professor Jim Al-Khalili will be returning with a talk on the ‘The world according to physics’ and there will be talks on the history of Number 10 Downing Street by Jack Brown, Ireland by Ivan Gibbons and Harrier 809 with military historian Rowland White.

Local music historians Dave Allen and Mick Cooper will give a lively talk on the next instalment of Pompey Pop Pix – the illustrated history covers the music scene in Portsmouth from the 1970s to the 1990s.

As always there will be a range of writing classes delivered by local authors and writers including poetry for wellbeing, writing crime fiction and lots more.

Find the full programme at Tickets go on sale on Monday 11th January. Please book your tickets in advance as links to the Zoom events will be emailed to ticket holders two days before the events.

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