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
Areas of interest include contemporary fiction (an obsession with Haruki Murakami means that we sell a disproportionate number of his novels due to his inability to recommend anything else). Also has a love for art and in particular photography. His own website of iPhoneography – under the name Blemished Eye – can be found HERE. He works on Mondays, Wednesdays Thursdays 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! She works on Mondays, 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. He works on Thursdays and Fridays.
John Pidcock – Antiquarian & Specialist Books
John works in the shop on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 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 Thurs
days 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, aspiring writer and tea lover with a particular fervour towards poetry. You’re likely to find her at Scarthin Books helping around the shop or reading Murakami and jotting down lines of poetry in the small hours of the morning. Charlotte first discovered Scarthin when she was a teenager and fell in love with it immediately: though she swears it’s not just for the tea and cake! 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 and alternate Sundays.
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 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 Wednesdays. Kathy also oversees the distribution of our own publications.
Usually found in the shop on alternate Saturdays, Cat is here as a volunteer, gaining work experience and has contributed massively to the updating and general maintenance of the website, as well as carrying out general bookselling duties and keeping the place tidy during our busiest day of the week.
Scarthin’s Cafe Staff
It already feels as though Jacquie has been here for years, a testament to just how comfortably she’s slotted in to her new role. Her great sense of humour and unflappable, confident nature also help. She has superb organisational and time management skills.
Ruben is a weekend cook/supervisor. He is a dedicated member of the team (and makes lovely soups and specials!) Interestingly enough, though not part of the main shop 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!
Cafe Support Team
The cafe also has a fantastic team of hard working weekend staff, many of whom have been with us for several years. Polly, Heather, Maddie, Melissa, Sara, Gilly, Jill, Lilly, James, Olivia and Michelle are our often unsung heroes.