Welcome to Bookmark, a treasure trove of secondhand books. Buy exclusives here online—or pop into our shop in Falmouth, Cornwall

The reason I sell books


Books are our friends and a gift we can open again and again. Some people most value the words in books. I think they are much more than that. Books can comfort us, dress a wall, and conjure up forgotten memories. They smell of their past, their former homes and their journey into a new owner’s life. They last forever, finding new homes over and over again. Wow! Imagine if a book could write a story about its path and past homes and owners. Well books do that for me most days. I find letters in books and ephemera, stories within a story just waiting for someone with the imagination to make the connections. I once took on a book splattered with blood and my mind got to work on murders in the library or by the fireplace. No wonder I love my job! What will an ereader say about you when you are no longer here and it's time to sort through your stuff? Wouldn’t you prefer to leave notes tucked into the leaves ready for your daughters and grand-daughters to discover? I know I would.

My personal history—in books

Bookmark has been trading in Falmouth, Cornwall for almost 20 years, and since 2005 has moved with the times and trends in the very capable hands of myself..

As a professional business-woman with the human-touch, nothing is too much bother and I love personal contact, so do call, email or drop into the shop for a chat. I am happy to consider single volumes and buy collections.

I set up this site after much pestering to bring my one-off, rarer and more quirky titles to a wider readership. Think of it as an extension of my weekly changing windows. People tell me they never know what they’ll find; some make weekly trips to get their fix of the unusual and discover must-have books they never knew they needed.

My books have captured the hearts of the people of Falmouth with something for everyone: historian, student, hobbyist, crafter, lover of humour and dare I say it, the geek. I hope you will now join the gang online.

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If the future of bookselling is handselling by passionate experts (it is!), you’ve on the right page. Bookmark in Falmouth is one of Cornwall’s finest secondhand bookshops, run by me, Tash Berks. I’ve built a reputation for maritime, history and reference, but you’ll discover gems old and new from every style, genre and era, including titles unavailable on ereaders and rare on Amazon. 

Perhaps you’re seeking a 1920s children’s space annual, a rare farming or beekeeping manual, retro nudes. Transport, military, woodwork, esoteric – all pass through my safe hands.

I sell books because they feed our minds and nurture our souls. At Bookmark online I want to make it easy for you to find the books you want - and for my lovely books to find decent homes.

So browse away, fire me questions and follow the blog for my special promotions and witty observations on bookselling.

Bookmark is available for hire.  Perhaps a marriage between to bibliophiles.  I have used this space for dinner parties and recently a cabaret party.