Proprietors: Camilla Francombe & Stuart Broad


57 Grove Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex. BN21 4TX. UK

Tel: + 44 (0)1323 736001 - Email:

'Archie' (our parrot) is in residence in our shop all day every Tuesday & Friday. He loves a good audience and a sing-song!

We are a very large Secondhand & Antiquarian Bookshop located five minutes from Eastbourne railway station and next door to the town's police station. From the railway station, go up Grove Road, past the library for 400 yards. Our shop is situated on the right hand side next to the police station.

Opening Hours: Open all year except Bank Holidays and Christmas/New Year.  10.00 - 17.00 hrs Monday to Saturday.

We have in excess of one million books in stock with a proportion listed on,,, and

We accept credit and debit cards, and PayPal transactions.

We are able to ship consignments of books worldwide at competitive rates.

"Amazing secondhand bookshop" The Guardian
"Eastbourne's saving grace" The Spectator

Our Specialities: Armed Services - Transport - Travel Literature - History - Music - Art - Religion - Sport - Poetry & Literature - Modern First Editions.

We buy books - call us on 01323 736001

News update

Four images of a Victorian dress fashion shoot done on location in Camilla's Bookshop, Winter 2012.



Images courtesy of Rachel & Charley: photography students at Sussex Downs College, Eastbourne, East Sussex. 2012


Here is a link to a blog about Penguin Books, on which there is considerable mention of Camilla's Bookshop.


Below is an extract from an article mentioning Camilla's Bookshop, found on the website of the Catholic Herald.

'One thing about travelling, especially in a country where English is not widely spoken, you really do need to take your reading matter with you. I have resisted the temptation to get a Kindle, and have stuck with my very heavy breviary, and have brought a few books with me. Just before setting out, I had nothing to read, so I visited the best bookshop I know, Camilla’s in Eastbourne. It is a secondhand bookshop which occupies a whole house quite near the station, just opposite Our Lady of Ransom. The owner sits at his desk in the main room downstairs, surrounded by his stock, literally walled in by books, so he is quite hard to spot. One has the impression of walking into a quite silent almost sacred space, until one is taken by the suprise of seeing the owner sitting in quiet contemplation of his books.

I told him that I would have liked to buy far more than the twenty or so books I was able to carry away. “You can have the whole lot for a million quid,” he said levelly. That would work out at about a little more than two pounds a volume, I suppose.

Camilla’s does not specialise as such, as far as I can see, though there is a whole room more or less dedicated to militaria, and there were plenty of Books of Common Prayer, but no old Missals. There is a whole room in the cellar that I missed (I will save it till another time) which contains Latin texts. The poetry is excellent. I have been trying to make up for my previous neglect of the great Victorian poets, whom I somehow wiggled out of reading at University: with me in Mexico I have two manageable volumes containing the complete works of Keats and Byron, ideal companions for solitary meals in restaurants.'

Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith  -  -  8 February 2012.


'Half a Million Books'

Gerda Babiedaite, a television production student at Brighton University, made a 10 minute documentary about Camilla's Bookshop in December 2011. The film is now up on YouTube and can be viewed by clicking on the image above.


Our new postcard is available in the shop at 25p each


Camilla's Bookshop was used as a film location in June 2011. A short film entitled 'Fishing' was made which tells the story of 
a magical bookshop that prevents the shopkeeper from escaping. He has to go to extreme lengths to escape. Click on the image above to access the film website.


Website updated on Monday 13th May 2013

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