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Please Visit Us During Independent Bookshop Week

Monday July 15th – We’re Back!

We reopen for business on Monday July 15th.

Our thanks to everyone who supported us during the lockdown period.

Initial opening hours will be 9am to 12.30 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. We’ll be closed on Wednesday and Sunday. Opening hours will change as we see how people feel about visiting us in the Bookshop.

We hope to see you in the Bookshop soon – but if you prefer to order from us by telephone, email or through our website, we will deliver free of charge to your doorstep in the local area. See the information below for how to order from us.

It’s a struggle for independent retailers just now and we really do ask for your continued support to keep one of the last independent Bookshops on the South Coast going.

Open For Telephone Orders & Home Delivery – Free children’s books offer

Please support us during this difficult time. We have an ordering and delivery service for books either by telephone or via our website or just by sending us an email. We also have a small selection of jigsaw’s and games in the store which we can tell you about over the telephone.

We can still order and deliver National Book Tokens if required.

FREE CHILDREN’S BOOKS – With every order for a children’s book, we will also give away a free World Book Day title from this years selection while stocks last. The titles are listed here


BY TELEPHONE ON 02392 466620






We will deliver them ourselves as a “contact free” delivery service in the local area. Deliver is free and we deliver to Havant Borough and across the city of Portsmouth.

UK Wide Delivery

We can arrange delivery of books to family and friends elsewhere in the UK. Please ask us for details.

All our arrangements are subject to any changes to the guidelines published by the Government. Thank you.

Portsmouth BookFest 2020

Features TV presenter and physicist Jim Al Khalili talking about his debut novel based on cutting edge science; best selling novelist Adele Parks on her latest book Lies Lies Lies, a whole day of crime writers, an evening with Romance writers, an evening with travel writers, inside stories from The Beatles Hairdresser, Guardian music journalist David Hepworth, a literary fiction evening with Scott Pack, half term events for children with great children’s authors and much much more.

Find the whole programme at

The Box Office opened on 6th January. You can browse events and ticket prices at the Book Online link here. When booking tickets with a charge ensure you continue on to the payment screens in order to secure your booking. You will then receive an email ticket and email receipt. Tickets can also be purchased in person at any Portsmouth City Council Library

Alan Johnson: In My Life

Alan Johnson is one of the most  popular politicians of recent times and now a best-selling author, his memoirs selling over half a million copies.

Inspired by his latest book, In My Life, in this highly entertaining show Alan tells his personal story with the help of some of the music that has soundtracked his life, from growing up as an orphan in a West London slum in the 50s to becoming a postman before rising through the Labour Party ranks to hold several cabinet posts, including Home Secretary.

Alan’s new book In My Life and all his previous books will be on sale at the venue and you can meet him to have them signed and dedicated.

Portsmouth BookFest

Thursday 7th March 7pm-9pm Eldon Building, University of Portsmouth

Click To book then select Tickets and scroll down to Alan Johnson on March 7th or you can buy tickets at any Portsmouth City Library

Southampton Nuffield City Theatre 

Friday 15th March 7.30pm

Click To Book at the Nuffield City Southampton or call the BOX OFFICE on 023 8067 1771

Tracy Borman: The King’s Witch at The Spring Havant

 Fri 1 Feb at 7:30pm

This event was rescheduled from last October.  Book online at or call the Box Office on 02392 472700

Tracy Borman is an author and historian, most widely known for writing Elizabeth’s Women, a unique biography exploring the life of Elizabeth I. She has appeared on television and radio numerous times, has written for BBC History and is currently joint Chief Curator for Historic Royal Palaces.

Tracy’s debut novel The King’s Witch is the inspiration for her talk at The Spring. Tracy will take us into the turbulent world of the early Stuart court, where King James I waged a war on witches and Catholics alike. It was not long before a dark campaign to destroy both King and Parliament gathered pace, culminating in the Gunpowder Plot.

The heroine of the novel is Frances Gorges, daughter of one of Elizabeth 1’s favourite ladies-in-waiting. Interweaving fact and fiction, Tracy will tell Frances’ story, and in so doing will bring one of the most dramatic events in British history vividly to life.

We will have copies of her new novel and her highly respected biographies on sale at the event, including her latest Henry VIII and the men who made him : The secret history behind the Tudor throne. 

We will have copies of her new novel and her highly respected biographies on sale at the event, including her latest Henry VIII and the men who made him : The secret history behind the Tudor throne. 

Portsmouth MysteryFest- Saturday June 2nd – Central Library Portsmouth


Great Value – Whole Day Event 10.15 to 17.00. Up to 14 speakers. £15 all day ticket, includes a cream tea lunch.

Come along to a fun and informative day exploring crime fiction and fact with crime fiction authors, academics, and experts from the University of Portsmouth.

Your ticket includes:

1. Contemporary crime fiction panel with authors Judith Cranswick, Jeff Dowson, Christine Hammacott, Leigh Russell, Peter Tickler and Carol Westron

2. A talk on forensics by Paul Smith and Colin White (University of Portsmouth)

3. Four shorter talks:

  • Agatha Christie- Stranger than death – Gaynor Baker (University of Bath Spa)
  • Not much like the Gentle Touch! – Dot Marshall-Gent
  • Murder and moving car parks in Oxford – Peter Tickler
  • Writing a bestselling series – Leigh Russell

4. Mystery History Panel – The past is a foreign country with authors Barbara Nadel, Leigh Russell, William Shaw, Nicola Slade, Linda Stratmann and Carol Westron.

A Fun Crime Fiction Quiz with bestselling books for prizes. There will also be the chance to buy books and have them signed by the authors.

Tickets from any Portsmouth City Library or by calling The Hayling Island Bookshop on 02392 466 620

Cressida Cowell Launch Tour – Portsmouth Event

One of the most eagerly awaited children’s book of 2017, THE WIZARDS OF ONCE publishes in September, launching a brand new series by Cressida Cowell, author-illustrator of the 8-million-copy-selling How to Train Your Dragon series, which has inspired a generation of readers as well as a DreamWorks’ movie and TV franchise of the same name.

The Hayling Island Bookshop in conjunction with Portsmouth Grammar School are delighted to announce that they will run one of Cressida’ Launch Tour Events. The evening event will take place at the David Russell Theatre, Portsmouth Grammar School, High Street, Old Portsmouth on September 26th starting at 5pm. The new book is suitable for children aged 8-12.

Each £12.99 ticket entitles the attendee to one copy of the new book and hear Cressida talk about her new series. Cressida will hold a book signing after her Talk. Ticket holders will also receive a poster. A selection of Cressida’s other books will be available to purchase, with cash, at the event venue which will also be signed by her if time permits.

Book tickets by calling The Hayling Island Bookshop on 02392 466620, children must be accompanied by an adult at this event. There is no charge for the accompanying adult.


An Evening With – Isabel Ashdown

Local author, Isabel Ashdown, has four books to her name with another due out this spring. Her first novel Glasshopper (Observer Best Debuts of 2009, Evening Standard Best Books of the Year) was published in 2009. An extract from the novel won the Mail on Sunday Novel Competition and was described by judges Fay Weldon, Michael Ridpath and Sir John Mortimer as ‘magnificent’. Her second novel Hurry Up And Wait was published to critical acclaim in 2011 and was listed as one of Amazon Kindle’s Customer Favourites in 2011. Her third book, Summer of ’76 followed in 2013 and she will be talking about her most recent novel Flight which came out in May 2015.

Isabel will be supporting St Wilfrid’s DREAMBUILDING project with an evening of readings and ‘book chat’ from 7.30pm

At St John’s Church, Southbourne PO10 8LB

Tickets are just £5 each.

The Hayling Island Bookshop will be selling copies of Isabel’s books at the venue which can be signed by the author and they will also donate 15% of the profits to St Wilfrid’s

To book, please contact Event Organiser, Alison Tuck, on: