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Local Bookshops

The Works

96 Town Square, Basildon SS14 1BX, UK – 01268 520381

Some good discounts on books and stationary, but the selection is quite limited. The staff were friendly and helpful.

Discounted book, art equipment and some overpriced toys. Staff are friendly, but the range of books will dictate how enjoyable your visit is.


29 Town Square, Basildon SS14 1BA, UK – 01268 520367

Fully wheelchair accessible friendly and helpful a tad pricey but you get what you pay for eh

Great friendly staff x

Cartoon Shop

Eastgate Centre, 109 Southernhay, Basildon SS14 1AG, UK – 01268 524901

John is a friendly guy who clearly knows his way around the geekdom. His prices are very reasonable, for the most part. The Cartoon Shop is a Basildon establishment, and I hope long may it continue to be!

I have been visiting this shop for many years. brilliant independent shop, the owner knows all the regulars by name, puts what I regularly buy behind the tills to keep it safe, makes suggestions, doesn't care if you say no or drop a comic of 2. Highly recommended, can usually get hold of an older comic or point you in the right direction.

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