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Coffee with a Bookseller

A literary consultation with bookish expertise

Purchase a voucher

Coffee with a Bookseller

To book yourself in for your consultation, email the bookshop with a few dates and times that suit you. If possible, please name a handful of books that you've read previously and loved, or give some insight into a literary area you would like to delve into. We'll get in touch to book you in - and can't wait to talk books with you!

Coffee with a Bookseller is our in-depth book consultation service.

Those who are given a 'Coffee with a Bookseller' book voucher will be welcomed to the bookshop by one of our expert booksellers. The literary consultation takes place over tea or coffee and biscuits in the bookshop. Your bookseller will guide you through their suggestions, tailored just for you, and you'll come away with a big pile of books in one of our signature tote bags, which will stand you in good stead in the months to come.

It's designed to be the perfect present for the book lover and bibliophile in your life - or the friend or family member who hasn't (yet) found their love of reading. (Or even, dare we suggest, the perfect present for oneself...)

There's no extra charge for the time spent with us in the bookshop - you simply purchase one of the following book vouchers which can be used in its entirety on books. The book voucher will never expire, and it doesn't have to be used straight away.

With an expert at your side, embark on a literary journey through those classics that you've always meant to read, or be introduced to the very best of contemporary translated fiction. We have booksellers who are brimming with knowledge and enthusiasm for graphic novels, Young Adult fiction aficionados, and History buffs - as well as just about everything else in-between.

If there's a common thread that unites our booksellers, it would be that we're all firm believers in the indisputable power of a good book - and we love to share that with others.

How the voucher works


Purchase a voucher, for yourself or someone else

Topping & Company vouchers are the perfect present for any book lover—or as a treat for yourself.


We'll send you an email to print or forward

Vouchers are sent straight away to the email address you use to place your order. Then you can forward it on the lucky recipient or print it when the time is right!


Visit the bookshop for a browse—and a pot of tea or coffee!

Come to the bookstop and make yourself at home among the bookshelves. We'll make a pot of fresh tea or coffee for you while you browse. You can also use your voucher online.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do the vouchers have an expiry date?

Topping & Company Book Vouchers never expire and can be used from the moment you receive the email.

How is my voucher delivered?

We’ll email your voucher as soon as your order is confirmed. You can then print it out or forward it to the lucky recipient when the time is right.

How long will it take to arrive?

Vouchers will be delivered to your email inbox straight away, at any time of day or night. If the email hasn’t appeared after a few minutes, please check your spam folder. If you can’t find it there, please contact the bookshop.

Do vouchers have to be used all at once?

Vouchers can be used across several browsing sessions, so you don’t have to spend them all at once. Simply apply the same voucher code each time and you will be able to use up the remaining balance.

Can they be used in the bookshop and online?

Our new vouchers can be used both in the bookshop and online. To use them online, add the code to your basket (on the right hand side) after you have selected your books or event places.

Can they be used on events as well as books?

Yes, you can redeem Topping & Company vouchers on events, books, or anything else on our shelves (with the exception of vouchers and National Book Tokens).

Can I order multiple vouchers?

Certainly - please add multiple vouchers to your basket and we’ll email you each one separately.