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Established in 1981, Keel Row Books is the North East’s leading
specialist bookshop for rare, fine, collectable and first edition books.

We have a real passion for books and can offer expert guidance on
buying, selling, and appraising books, maps, prints and ephemera.
We believe in the cultural importance of books
and the enduring values they embody.
About us
Anthony and Alice have owned Keel Row Books since 2006.
As well as running the shop, they founded and direct the York Antiquarian
Book Seminar (or YABS for short), a popular annual not-for-profit
educational programme for would-be booksellers.
Anthony has been a bookseller for over 25 years and is a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association (ABA),
the International League of
Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB)
and the Provincial Booksellers
Fairs Association (PBFA). As
well as organising YABS, he’s
also a faculty member on the
course. In 2014 he was elecetd to the Council of the ABA where he served for three years.
Anthony has a keen
interest in the heritage
and culture of the North East, especially the work
of Thomas Bewick and Joseph Crawhall and is a committee member of the Bewick Society.
Alice has managed the Keel
Row shop since 2009, after a
decade of work in the design
and architecture industry,
both in the UK and overseas.
She's originally from Northern
Ireland, and loves reading. She
has a particular interest in Irish
and American literature.
Averil worked at Hencotes Books in Hexham for many years before coming to join the team at Keel Row Books. She’s an English history buff, a member of the Richard III Society and loves traditional English customs and festivals. Apparently she has a ten year plan of events to visit, though the three recent lockdowns will have put her a bit behind schedule!
Brian was a long-standing customer of Keel Row Books before he became a staff member. He is a children’s book enthusiast and the author of several local history titles, including 'Postcards from Cramlington', 'Cramlington Parkside School Remembered' and 'The Tyne Training Ship Wellesley Remembered'.
Caroline is the newest member of the Keel Row Team, after starting her bookselling career while writing up her PhD. A large proportion of her time is spent working on our online shop. An avid reader since childhood, she enjoys crime fiction and horror, although mainly now reads Dr. Seuss and Julia Donaldson to her children.
What Matters To Us
From the moment we buy or value a book, to selling the same book, we endeavour to provide a service that we can be proud of and one that the customer is more than pleased with. We make every effort to offer a fair price for books, then research them diligently and describe them accurately. It can be hard to identify whether a book is valuable- be assured that our specialist knowledge will help you work out the real value of your book. We know a true first edition from a later impression and we can assist in authenicating a signed book. Whether it's a Harry Potter paperback, an antiquarian book, or a rare Ian Fleming first edition, we offer the same high standard of service.

We are part of the local community and we aim to preserve the local history of the region by promoting and preserving its unique culture and heritage.

We are also environmentally conscious- a second-hand bookshop is after all wholly based on the reuse of existing resources! We are phasing out the use of plastic in our online order packaging, and from 2021, through our energy provider, the bookshop will run on 100% renewable electricity.