About Us

Welcome to Griffin Books: an independent bookshop in Penarth stocking a wide range of fiction and non-fiction titles in both English and Welsh, as well as a good selection of maps, sheet music and beautifully designed greetings cards.  We offer an unbeatable next-day ordering service and complimentary coffee while you browse.  Do contact us if you are looking for something in particular - we love a challenge!

Griffin Books hosts regular events including author talks and book signings, children's activity sessions in each school holidays and two monthly book clubs.  Planning a children's party?  Why not try our book-based party bag service, from just £3 each.  And don't forget the Friends of Griffin Books loyalty card scheme, giving you a £5 voucher for every 10 books bought.

Griffin Books - serving the growing community of book lovers in Penarth and beyond!

MEET THE TEAM

Mel: 

I've been working Saturdays at Griffin Books since January 2017 while I'm studying Art, Maths and German in Stanwell's sixth form. I'm currently hoping to begin an Art Foundation Diploma next year before moving on to do Theatre Design and Construction at University.

I spend most of my free time covered in paint with a sketchbook under my arm but my other hobbies include wild swimming, stage management and planning extravagant cultural trips to the continent with my German classmates.

As well as my weekly hours, I have also been able to work at a few of the events and signings that we organise, which I've greatly enjoyed.

Annie: 

I've been working Saturdays at Griffin Books since January 2017 while I'm studying Art, Maths and German in Stanwell's sixth form. I'm currently hoping to begin an Art Foundation Diploma next year before moving on to do Theatre Design and Construction at University.

I spend most of my free time covered in paint with a sketchbook under my arm but my other hobbies include wild swimming, stage management and planning extravagant cultural trips to the continent with my German classmates.

As well as my weekly hours, I have also been able to work at a few of the events and signings that we organise, which I've greatly enjoyed.

Rachel:

I have been working in the Bookshop since 2005, with the previous owners for 9 years and with Mel since she took over in 2014. I love the fact that the shop is at the centre of the community in Penarth and working here has given me the chance to meet and get to know so many different local people.

My favourite bits of the job are helping customers with their book choices, recommending books I have loved and reading the advance proof copies!

When I'm not in the bookshop I love reading (of course), singing in two choirs, running and walking, especially on the Welsh Coast Path.

Dawn:

I joined Griffin Books in April 2015, having been a customer for many years. Prior to this I started my career as a solicitor in local government specialising in planning, before leaving to concentrate on children. Over the next few years, in between part-time jobs, I volunteered (and still do) for various charities.

My favourite part of this job is finding elusive books for customers, either tracking down half-remembered titles, locating out of print books or researching potential sources on a particular topic. Within the shop itself, I love searching out children's books and travel.

Outside of work I enjoy cycling, exploring new places and trying out new activities - the latest being paddle-boarding.

Elin:

I started my most recent role at the bookshop (Events and Social Media Manager) in October 2017, but before that I helped organise the Literature Festival and have worked on and off in the shop since 2011.

I am a recent graduate of Exeter University with an English Literature degree, and my interests lie heavily in reading and writing.

TESTIMONIALS

Opening times: 9am - 5:30pm Mon to Sat

9A Windsor Road, Penarth, CF64 1JB

Telephone: 029 2070 6455
Email: info@griffinbooks.co.uk

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