Cogito ergo sum - I think, therefore I am Descartes

Cogito Books is at the heart of Hexham's vibrant and independent community. We use our enthusiasm and expertise to make book buying in Cogito personal, pleasurable and interesting.

Since opening in 2001, we have dedicated our energies to the values we believe in: discovering reading gems, delivering the best customer service, and creating a place of inspiration. We know that when people shop for books they are not just paying for a commodity, they are buying something that touches their lives and that is what drives us. In an increasingly homogenous world, people know that Cogito will welcome them in, have exciting things going on, remember their tastes and recognise their faces; a haven of peace in a busy world.

Cogito Books is a place people return to, whether they are locals or visitors to Northumberland. Our comfy sofas, thoughtful displays, engaging children’s area and even spare specs if you’ve forgotten your own, all promote a happy browsing experience and serendipitous discovery.

We carefully select our books on a daily basis, searching out thought provoking, beautiful and entertaining titles, tailoring our choices to our customers. We love to make informed recommendations and to take the time to listen and match books to the right person. With many years of bookselling experience and our shelves laden with 10,000 titles, we have the knowledge and breadth of books to enable us to satisfy a huge range of reading requirements and tastes for people of all ages.

Cogito Books - Independent Bookselling for Independent Minds


I love books and people and so being a bookseller who connects the two is a terrific job. Since my family opened Cogito in 2001, bookselling has become a way life, with the bookshop an extension of my home and where many customers and books have become good friends.

Some of my favourite reads include A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry, The Priory by Dorothy Whipple, Max Porter's Grief is the Thing with Feathers, and anything by Maggie O'Farrell and Sarah Moss. 

Away from the bookshop, I love travel, exploring and a good day's walking in the hills!


I've loved books for as long as I can remember - I am constantly reading and if I'm not it feels as though there's something not quite right with the world. I worked in book production before becoming a bookseller so I have great admiration for beautifully produced books.

My favourite genre would have to be crime fiction from the Golden Age of Dorothy L Sayers and Josephine Tey to more modern favourites like Nicola Upson and J K Rowling - writing as Robert Galbraith. It goes without saying of course that I'm also a huge Harry Potter fan!


Most of my childhood was spent with my nose in a book (Enid Blyton and C. S. Lewis being particular favourites) and things haven't really changed! I like a wide variety of genres, from historical and modern fiction, to biography, art, and travel writing: favourite books include Linda Grant's When I Lived in Modern Times, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Nightwood by Djuna Barnes, and anything by C. J. Sansom - as well as the Chronicles of Narnia on my bookshelf!

I also love art, travelling, anything with chocolate in it, and Paris. Fortunately, all those things seem to go together quite well!


My love of books began with bedtime stories by Shirley Hughes, Jill Murphy and Allan Ahlberg. Growing up I could always be found in my local library or bookshop and I have fond memories of writing short stories and poetry on my old typewriter. My A Level English Literature teacher introduced me to exciting feminist authors like Margaret Atwood, Ursula K Le Guin and Angela Carter.

I have a particular passion for autobiographies and children's illustrated books and I love reading about art, music and the natural world. At home I relax by sewing, writing and reading to my son.

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