Hello, I’m Ruth Anderson, QC, and I own and manage Well-Read Books. In August 2018 I bought the building at 1-3 Agnew Crescent which formerly housed the Grapes Bar and set about converting it into the latest bookshop to open in Wigtown, Scotland’s National Book Town.

I have been a keen reader of and about books all my life, but it was only on the occasion of my retirement in 2017 after more than forty years in law that my thoughts turned to the possibility of opening a bookshop.

After acquiring the Grapes Bar, fantastically skilled local tradesmen set about converting a very tired space into a well-lit, brightly painted and superbly shelved secondhand bookshop. The doors of Well-Read Books opened to the public on the 21st of September 2018, the first day of the 20th annual Wigtown Book Festival.

I manage the shop with occasional (and very enthusiastic) assistance from Gillian and our hope is that we can offer a knowledgeable and personal service to all our customers.


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