Hello! I’m Kate, current custodian and keeper of the Farrells legacy after the Farrells themselves and then my parents, Ian and Meredith. I spent my childhood growing up in our previous bookshop (Pages in High Street, Kew – sadly no longer there) and am very happy to now give my own three children the same experience (they truly do not yet appreciate how lucky they are to have so many books at their fingertips…). The weight of responsibility of running such a beloved community institution sometimes weighs on me a little, but I am truly blessed to have such a passionate and wonderful crew around me, making it look easy!! My reading tastes have been evolving somewhat in recent years – previously mostly a fiction reader, I am now finding myself drawn more to narrative nonfiction (current affairs, biography, personal development, science…). My book club, which has been running for 13 years, keeps my reading diversity very fresh! Now that my children are older I do miss picture story books – they are such a unique art form, able to communicate so much through so few words and beautiful illustrations – adults really should continue to read them whether they have children or not. When not at Farrells (or thinking about Farrells, or reading something for Farrells…) I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, walking or cuddling with my dog, Mabel, working in the garden and any number of crafty activities from sewing to polymer clay jewellery and watercolour painting (badly!).