Welcome to our web page and our lively little family bookshop!

We are open from 9.30am-5.30pm Monday-Saturday, and will be open on Sundays in December from 10.30am-4.30pm. It will be so nice to see you! We are still careful not to crowd the shop so you may need to wait outside at busy times. There is hand sanitiser to use upon entry.

We can take orders by phone, email & online. Note: all orders under 2 Kilos are sent by Royal Mail 2nd Class.

Signed Books by Julia Donaldson                                                                                              All Julia Donaldson’s wonderful books that are currently in print are available from our online shop with Julia’s signature inside.

Note: Our offer of named books has now ended.

Our website online shop offers lots of lovely signed copies of books by other authors too – Elly Griffiths, Sophy Henn, Jane Hissey, Guy Parker-Rees, Nick Sharratt, William Shaw and Lesley Thompson. Lots of our stock is listed in our online store, but NOT everything, so it’s best to call, email or use the request form for anything that you can’t find. You can also browse our stock on Google.

Also, do follow us on Facebook / Instagram to hear news and updates about events and hot-off-the-press titles!

 Thank you so much for all your support. Love from The Steyning Bookshop Team!



The Steyning Bookshop is a small family run bookshop, established in 1984. We stock a wide range of new fiction and non-fiction, with a particular specialisation in children’s books and local-interest books, maps and guides. For books not in stock we have a fast, often next-day ordering service. We also sell a beautiful array of cards, wrap, stationery and book-related gifts and toys. 


In non-COVID times, we organise a year-round programme of interesting author events for all ages, as well as hosting regular signing sessions with Julia Donaldson. We are now planning our programme of VIRTUAL EVENTS for Autumn and Winter. We also organise the literary events for the biennial Steyning Festival. Watch this space! Read more >>

Local Interest

Walkers, cyclists and visitors – look no further for your maps, guides and local history books! We always keep Ordnance Survey maps to the area in stock, and have a huge range of walking guides and niche interest local history too, as well as attractive coffee table art and photography books with a Sussex theme. Read more >>

Julia Donaldson

Best-selling children’s author Julia Donaldson lives in Steyning, and we are delighted to be able to offer online ordering of signed Julia Donaldson books via our online store. Read more >>


We hold regular ‘Author Suppers’ at the Sussex Produce café, and have frequent children’s author events and workshops at the shop. We also organise book ….


Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson’s latest two books are The Christmas Pine,  and Squirrel’s Snowman, both wonderful gifts for Christmas.
We hold a stock of Julia’s books which she has pre-signed and any Julia Donaldson book you buy from us will be supplied as a SIGNED COPY!



Find out more about how we can bring books to life at your school! We can organise book fairs, arrange author visits, consult on school …

Local Interest

Walkers, cyclists and tourists – look no further for an unrivalled selection of maps, guidebooks, walking guides and local history!

What we’re reading



Essential reading for anyone feeling full of despair in these difficult times, Dutch historian Rutger Bregman’s fresh take on human nature is heartening and optimistic.    From Machiavelli to Hobbes, Freud to Dawkins, in religion, fiction, science, psychology and sociology, we have been taught that human beings are by nature selfish and governed by self-interest. In ‘Humankind’, Rutger Bregman makes a revolutionary new argument: People are essentially GOOD, and their actions naturally tend towards kindness and altruism.   Chapter by chapter, going back through...