About Kenilworth Books
Kenilworth Books is a magical little place; it nestles in a small and lively town that sits right in the middle of the country. We have a large children’s section and plenty of fiction and non-fiction for adults, including a large section for maps and travel guides, and three bays of history (including local history, as you’d expect from a bookshop in an historic town!). We have sections too for Young Adult writing and for some of the most powerful and beautiful illustrated books being published today.
“A Good Bookshop shows you the books that you never knew you wanted.”
We have a great selection of cards, including many from local artists. You’ll also find gifts from literary mugs, to wildlife themed toys for younger children, a selection of traditional wooden toys and the latest not-so-traditional school crazes! We can order books for you, usually to arrive the next day. The team at Kenilworth Books works closely with the many local schools and libraries in our county and in the City of Coventry, advising teachers and pupils, and supplying books for school and library shelves.
Meet The Team
Judy Brook is the owner of Kenilworth Books. She bought the business in 2014 and brings to the bookshop 23 years of experience in the banking industry, and more recently, 8 years teaching business studies at Further Education level. Judy worked for Hereward College, which is a national college for young people with disabilities and additional needs. She has brought links with the college to the bookshop, which welcomes work experience students from Hereward in addition to students from the local secondary school and from further afield too. Judy’s interest and background in education has strengthened the schools-focus of the bookshop, which now works with many primary and secondary schools and universities across the Midlands.
Judy’s favourite book of recent years is My Name is Leon, by Kit de Waal.
Jacinta McLaughlin has worked at Kenilworth Books since 2014. She is a former lecturer in Business Studies and curriculum head at Hereward College. Before working at the Hereward, she taught at both Dudley Technical College and at Barr’s Hill Secondary School in Coventry. Jacinta comes originally from Northern Ireland, where she started her education career teaching at Downpatrick, in County Down.
Jacinta’s current favourite book is My Brilliant Friend, by Elena Ferrante.
Tamsin Rosewell is an artist, historian, broadcaster and bookseller. After 15 years working both in Parliament as a researcher and for the British Government on Whitehall as a Civil Servant, she joined the team at English Heritage working at Kenilworth Castle in Warwickshire, the scene of the great romance between Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester.
She has also worked at Coventry Cathedral, leading tours of a site on which everything from the Anglo Saxon landscape, through to the art of John Piper and Dame Elizabeth Fink is interesting and historically important.
Tamsin Rosewell hosted the Folk Show for Radio Warwickshire for three years, broadcasting about the relationship between folklore and folk music, as well as tackling themes such as songs written during war time, political songs and the portrayal of religion and belief in song. She wrote and presented ‘The Poet and the Prophet’, a three-part series about the work of William Blake for Resonance FM in 2015. Her latest documentary series is called ‘Apocalypse – The Idea of The End’, which explores the history of our ideas about an end of all times. This show was also written and produced for Resonance FM.
When she is not broadcasting, lecturing or painting, Tamsin works for 50 year-old independent bookshop, Kenilworth Books, where she has been a bookseller and reviewer for nearly ten years. The bookshop is currently one of the finalists for the British Book Awards’ Independent Bookshop of the Year, having won the central England and Wales title.
Tamsin Rosewell also lectures freelance on the History of Ghost-lore, The History of Perfume, The History of Chocolate (she trained as a chocolatier while living in Belgium) and on Elizabethan Horticulture. She paints and exhibits under the name Hob’s Lantern. Her work has been used for album cover designs, posters and music videos. She works mainly in ink on canvas, and owns the most spectacular collection of inks and liquid pigments from all over the world. But she has been known to just use a pencil.