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Newham Bookshop’s top bookseller wins award

PUBLISHED: 07:00 17 November 2018

Vivian Archer, with fellow booksellers May Gajjar and Etta Levi Smythe outside Newham Bookshop. Picture: Rhiannon Long

Vivian Archer, with fellow booksellers May Gajjar and Etta Levi Smythe outside Newham Bookshop. Picture: Rhiannon Long

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A bookseller from Newham has won an award for her work.

Vivian Archer, from Newham Bookshop, won the Books Are My Bag’s outstanding contribution to bookselling award at a ceremony last week.

Vivian has worked at the shop, which has been open for 40 years, for 31 years.

On Twitter, she wrote: “So proud to have won this last night. Thank you all our wonderful staff, our great customers, publishers and authors. Makes it all worthwhile.”

Vivian is currently spearheading a crowdfunding campaign for the bookshop, which is moving two doors down in Barking Road. The fundraiser needs £25,000 for renovations of the new site, with the shop due to move in early 2019. At a fundraising auction in October, £3,000 was raised through the sales of signed and rare books.

The Books Are My Bag awards, in their third year, are curated by bookshops and voted for by the public. This year, more than 55,000 votes were cast.

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