David Mitchell – Semi-retired Proprietor of the bookshop, on sabbatical to work on a number of writing projects; and Kathy Mitchell – cafe owner.
Scarthin Bookshop Staff
David has been at the bookshop since 2007 and Manager since 2009. Areas of interest include contemporary fiction, with particular favourites being Haruki Murakami, Ian McEwan, Banana Yoshimoto, Julian Barnes and Daphne du Maurier. Also has a love for art and, in particular, portrait photography. His own website of images – under the name Blemished Eye – can be found HERE.
David works Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Eve joined our team in October 2011 and soon established herself as a vital part of the day-to-day running of the shop. With a background working in educational libraries and retail, and an education centred around art and photography, her areas of interest include contemporary fiction, natural history and art. ‘The Passion of New Eve’ for the bookshop is obvious to see when you notice the new displays that have appeared all around the shop and she knows the inventory and exact location of (almost) every single new book we stock!
Eve works Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Les Hurst – Finance Manager
The twice winner of MENSA Brain of Britain, works part-time at the shop and does the bookshop and cafe accounts as well as listing some of our online antiquarian and specialist titles. Areas of specialism (which are many) include crime writing and science fiction. Les’ own website can be viewed HERE.
Les works on Thursdays and Fridays.
John Pidcock – Antiquarian & Specialist Books
John works in the shop on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and values our antiquarian books. He also lists our online stock (via Abe and Amazon). He has a keen interest in philology, parking etiquette and winding up the rest of the staff.
When she’s not touring as one third of the highly acclaimed instrumental band, Haiku Salut, Sophie is to be found working at the bookshop on Thursdays and Fridays and, since joining us in June 2016, is already having a big impact on the bookshop. Full of ideas and enthusiasm, coupled with a real eye for detail and getting things done. Sophie is also another dedicated Murakami follower (we seem to attract them!).
Charlotte is an avid reader, writer, spoken word poet and workshop facilitator. When she’s not at Scarthin, you’re likely to find her at open mics or reading Murakami and jotting down lines of poetry in the small hours of the morning. Charlotte discovered Scarthin when she was doing her A-levels and fell in love with it: though she swears it’s not just for the tea and cake! You can follow her antics by looking up lottie_poet on social media.
Charlotte works on Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays.
Bev De’Ath – Bookseller & Second-hand Stock Control
Bev is the former Cafe Manager but now works in the bookshop. Full of ideas, creativity and a calm, quiet determination to get things done, Beth is such an asset that we can hardly believe our luck. Bev works on Tuesdays, Thursdays and alternate Sundays. Bev also works alongside David on second-hand book buying and pricing.
With a background in Film History, Ashton’s main asset to the shop relies on the variety and scope of his cultural knowledge; best described as: ‘a little about a lot’. An avid reader and always up for a discussion, he can often be found chatting to customers (and their dogs) about a variety of subjects. He has also recently bought a copy of The Wind Up Bird Chronicle but has yet to read it; fearing to become the most recent victim in a current slew of conversions within the shop to ‘Murakamism’. Ashton works on alternate Sundays.
Kathy – also the owner of Scarthin Cafe – works closely with John on our specialist and antiquarian books, processing and sending out online orders as well as working on the front desk as a bookseller. Kathy works on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. She also oversees the distribution of our own publications. Also known as ‘The Fixer’ (but I haven’t told her that yet).
Gareth likes to fix things and make things (‘Mr Maker’?). He started working on Monday afternoons in early 2018 and he liked Murakami already, so was a shoe-in. He reads a wide selection of stuff when he is not whittling spoons and making memories with his 6 lovely children, including fiction, history, sci-fi, crime and….well, every genre really! He also writes songs and plays a ukulele made from a tin of sweets.
Scarthin’s Cafe Staff
Ruben is the head cook/supervisor. He is a dedicated member of the team (and makes lovely soups and specials!) Interestingly enough, though not part of the bookshop staff, Ruben is one of the fastest and most eclectic readers in the team and regularly educates the rest of the staff on matters of importance!
“Russian Caravan Tea just tastes like… tea”.
Ella likes purple. And Gaga. She’s new to the team so this is as much as we know for now. You may think that Ella sliced off the end of her finger during the taking off this photograph. You may be right. We’ll check and get back to you.
Jill – Midweek Cook
Maddie – Weekend Team
Melissa – Weekend Team
Olivia – Weekend team
Eleanor – Weekend Team
Cafe Support Team
The cafe also has a fantastic team of hard working support staff, many of whom have been with us for several years. Estelle, Lilly and Miles are our often unsung heroes.