Ann Cleeves to become Patron of the Crediton Community Bookshop

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Posted Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 8:19am

The Crediton Community Bookshop is delighted to announce that bestselling crime writer Ann Cleeves is to become their patron.

The Crediton Community Bookshop was conceived in 2012 and launched the following year. At its heart the innovative project is not only a place to buy books but an inspirational hub for all things literary, committed to finding creative ways to support community projects. Their mission is to encourage thriving communities and nurture a love of books and reading.

Ann Cleeves says: “How brilliant that a community cares so much about about reading and creativity that they came together to form a bookshop in this way. I’m delighted and honoured to be patron of Crediton Community Bookshop.”

This cements the excellent relationship between CCB and Ann Cleeves who grew up in Devon where her latest bestseller The Long Call is set. In June this year Raven Black, Ann Cleeves’ CWA Gold Dagger winning novel and the first in the Shetland series, was selected for Crediton’s first ever ‘Big Town Read’. Hundreds of copies of the novel donated by Pan Macmillan, were distributed through ‘pick up stations’ in the town to encourage townsfolk to come together in their love of reading. The campaign culminated in a sell-out event at Crediton Library with Ann Cleeves, in the lead up to Independent Bookshop Week.

Dee from the Crediton Community Bookshop says: “We are absolutely delighted to have Ann Cleeves become a patron of the Crediton Community Bookshop. It was a joy to work with her during our summer festival this year, to introduce her to hundreds of her fans and many enthusiastic new readers. Thank you to Pan Macmillan for enabling us to run a hugely innovative and successful community project.”

The announcement of Ann Cleeves’ patronage comes on the eve of ‘Bookshop Day’ which takes place on Saturday 5 October. The nationwide campaign was launched in 2013 by the Booksellers Association Books to celebrate and support high street bookshops. 

For more information on the Crediton Community Bookshop visit: or contact: Dee Lalljee, Crediton Community Bookshop, 01363 774740 or email - or enquiries about Ann Cleeves contact: