Annie Quigley, owner

Annie Quigley, owner

Annie Quigley, owner


Owner and passionate book-lover, Annie was brought up in a family of parents who were writers, surrounded by family friends who were writers and who herself studied literature and is passionate about all things 'bookish'.

In 1991, Annie Quigley was given the opportunity to buy the mail order bookselling business Bibliophile Books by her mentor Bill Smith, when he was dying and she was Editor. In 2011 Annie was granted a Royal Warrant for Bookselling, By Royal Appointment to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

  • To see her in a rather windy riverside interview with PayPal in 2015, click here.
  • Read her website interview to learn more about their book business, collecting interests and more! 
  • Hear her talk in a radio programme in Summer 2016 about her life in books and love of Spain...




Pictured in front of her Royal Warrant for Bookselling from HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

She says:

I am often asked two questions, “What makes a book sell and what are your bestsellers?

In brief, it is beautifully made art books, conspiracy theories, crime fiction and Signed books which I love to sell and collect, so I regularly organise author visits. By genre, it is predominantly non-fiction - art, history, religion, war, humour and erotica. Not necessarily in that order!

Bibliophile has a vast reservoir of independent book reviews going back 30 years for something like 120,000 titles. With valuable sales figures for each, we can consider re publishing from this rich backlist and knowledge.

I am such a dyed-in-the wool bookseller that maybe then I shall go back to the old tradition of taking orders then printing individual books for my customers. This was what bookseller/printer did 300 years ago before the profession of “publisher” was invented! In fact the prosperous 18th century booksellers were all large copyright owners.

May I end by reading from one of my favourite books, The Life of Robert Dodsley,  “… for the real money lay in ownership of copyrights, not in the retailing… booksellers were the entrepreneurs who purchased rights from authors, and, binding to others, merchandised and finished the product through advertisement and trade distribution.”


In 1991, Annie Quigley was given the opportunity to buy the business by her mentor Bill Smith when he was dying and she was Editor. It has remained as an independent, privately owned company.

Earlier, the business had been partnered by Fred Bass “the New York Bookseller” and owner of the famous Strand Bookstore, now in its 100th year.





In July 1992 Annie became sole proprietor and bought out both Bill Smith's widow and Fred Bass. Since then, she has grown the business to over four times the size and is still run by a small, dedicated staff, six of whom have served over 16 years.



2011 Annie was made Grantee for Bibliophile books of a Royal Warrant, By Royal Appointment, Booksellers to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

213 Annie Quigley was elected to the Council of the Windsor, Eton & District Royal Warrant Holders Association and became

2016 Vice President then President in 2016. As President, she presented Her Majesty The Queen with a handmade saddle for her 90th birthday from the Association.

She has written and edited their official website since 2014.

In 2020 she was elected Windsor Representative on the national Royal Warrant Holders Association Council.


Meeting HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.



As President, leading a delegation meeting Her Majesty The Queen at a special informal presentation of the gift of a saddle at the Royal Mews, Windsor Castle.


Meeting HRH The Prince of Wales at St James's Palace with QEST delegation for crafts and disappearing trades and Royal Warrant Holders.

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Above, President Windsor, Eton & District Royal Warrant Holders Association, Guildhall, Windsor 2016. And with Martyn Daniels "the Handbag Carrier", a title my husband gave himself which Her Majesty The Queen appreciated. "I have one of those," she remarked.



A speciality of Bibliophile is our editor/owner Annie's parents.
Her mother Aileen Armitage (left) has written 34 novels and was Woman of the Year for this achievement despite her blindness.
Her step-father Deric Longden had six books published, the first two of which became the popular TV films Wide Eyed and Legless and Lost For Words, both starring DameThora Hird, and winning an International EMMY and a BAFTA in the process.
Bibliophile has published Deric's Diana's Story and Lost For Words and several other titles in Amazon Kindle eBook editions. Click to buy all Bibliophile's out of print choices to republish in eBook format.
Mother and daugher Christmas 2019 below.

Booksellers' Association of Great Britain
The Royal Warrant Holders' Assocation
Windsor, Eton & District Royal Warrant Holders' Assocation
The Groucho Club (life membership since 1992)
Coleman Street Ward Club in the City of London.

YouTube channel with 2000 video book reviews

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