Orb's Bookshop, 33a Deveron Street, Huntly, AB54 8BY, is a community-run resource for all book lovers, with special emphasis on the history and geography of the North-east of Scotland. Our wide selection includes many titles featuring the area and its people.
Are you researching your family history? Have you come to fish the Deveron, the Bogie, or the Isla? Our local volunteer staff are happy to help you find the books you're looking for. For the Doric enthusiast, our language is well represented in the writings of local authors in poetry and prose.
Many visitors value Huntly as the birthplace of George MacDonald, one of the Victorian era's most celebrated writers and a founding father of fantasy fiction. A contemporary and friend of John Ruskin and Lewis Carroll, MacDonald established a genre which has inspired authors up to the present day. We strive to maintain a stock of his titles in both recent and early editions.
In addition to collectible and curious older works, Orb's Bookshop offers a broad range of general and genre fiction, both new and secondhand, and a good selection of natural history, field guides and Ordnance Survey maps. Children's books, travel, classics, cookery and gardening are some of the subject areas you'll find if you come in and browse for awhile.
New News: On Saturday 3rd September, Huntly Writers, Orb's Bookshop and Handmade in Huntly ran a joint stall at the all-day Huntly Hairst. Huntly Writers' own books were for sale and the writers had lots of great discussions with passers-by about their books and handed out many leaflets inviting people to their book launch in October. In addition the bookstall did a roaring trade in bundles of second-hand books, mainly crime, thrillers, biographies and cookery books - any remaining bundles have been taken to Moray College for collection by 'Book Donors'. The second-hand Scottish Interest books sold well and the remaining books have been returned to the shop, where they now adorn our shelves. Handmade in Huntly had a wonderful collection of crafts that attracted buyers, allowing Jo and her crafters to explain and swap techniques and skills with other like-minded people. Our free book voucher scheme for young children proved very popular - children and parents were given a voucher and invited to go along to the bookshop to pick out a free book from the 's/h book box' - as a result the shop was packed for quite some time and most of the books disappeared very quickly. This was a great way to introduce people to our bookshop, as many of them had not known it existed or, if they did, had not had a reason to visit before. A very enjoyable day all round. Congratulations and thanks to everyone who helped, especially with putting everything up at a very early hour and then taking things down and away at the end of the day.
News ... Have a look at the NEWS section to find out what's been going on.
Storytelling: don't miss this, a lovely selection of children's stories beginning April 5th. See News!
This was great: The Unknown Unknown: the first 18 months of Orb's Community Bookshop, a talk by Maureen Ross on Wed 16 March at Christchurch, Huntly.
We enjoyed a Civilised Saturday on 28 November. A great day -- lots of coffee and biscuits shifted, lovely people dropping in.
I just dropped in for Hallowe'en ... See NEWS for pictures of some of my associates
News! We have a link to the original manuscript of Alice's Adventures Underground, prepared by Lewis Carroll as a present for his young friend, Alice Liddell: courtesy of the British Library, which holds it. See 'Links'.