04. The Book House

04. The Book House

This year The Book House in Thame is 50 years old, having opened on Thame’s High Street in 1972.  The Book House is very much a family business – though not all their staff are genetically linked! The owner, Brian Pattinson has been here for 50 years, his sister-in-law Luise for a mere 42 years…They originally opened at 42 High Street in a house once occupied by the famous Irish poet W.B. Yeats!  Indeed his son Michael was born there, giving Thame a special place in the history of literary giants.

Originally a specialist children’s bookshop, they added books for grown-ups a few years later – without losing their focus on being a children’s specialist.  They are very much a community bookshop, and their shop reflects the broad base of interests of their customers – some of whom are now bringing their own children to the shop, having started as customers when children themselves…They are easily found by locating the Puffin, who stands on sentry duty outside the shop most days (unless it’s too windy) as he has done for the last half century, being a gift from the children’s publishers Puffin Books to celebrate their opening all those years ago.

The Book House is a very special place. There are many conversations with customers about happy discoveries in the world of books, and the team are also keen to get recommendations.  They love being part of Thame and because so many of their customers have been coming to them for years, they have grown alongside each other – which they hold as a very special privilege.

There is a book for almost everything – and if they don’t have it, they can almost certainly order it in, usually the next day.


93 High St, Thame

01844 213032

Opening days & times

Monday – Saturday 9am – 5pm

Sunday – Closed


View the work of Melissa Orrom Swan in their Courtyard from 10 – 16 October 2022