A Novel Idea Book / Vinyl shop

Opening hours

  • Tuesdays – Thursdays: open 10am – 1pm

  • Fridays & Saturdays: open 10am – 4pm

  • Mondays and Sundays: closed

Our Charity Bookshop, in Godalming

Catalyst took over a bookshop in Godalming as part of their work to improve wellbeing and mental health. They asked local people to come up with a new name and ‘A Novel Idea’ was born.

It provides a range of high quality books and the income generated supports some of the work Catalyst do in the local community.

The bookshop has been and continues to be staffed entirely by a team of dedicated volunteers many of whom have benefited from engagement with Catalyst.  There is a range of donated high quality fiction, non fiction and children’s books.


Come visit our lovely book and vinyl store in Godalming. Our shop is run by amazing volunteers and all proceeds raised go back into helping people in Surrey.

Make a Difference with Records

We also sell second hand vinyl in our charity bookshop in Godalming. We stock over 1,000 second hand records offering our customers a great selection of both albums and singles in all genres including rock and pop, soul, folk, musicals and films, classical and lots more.

The opening hours will be the same as the bookshop and all proceeds raised will go back into the charity, enabling us to support more people across Surrey.

This new venture started in November 2021 and is in partnership with Make a Difference with Records. For more information visit: www.makeadifferencewithrecords.com

That’s My Vinyl Answer Launches – Anthony Interviews Bruce Soord from The Pineapple Thief

Read the full story and links to the audio channels

Our opening times are reviewed regularly so please keep an eye out on socials and the website for any further updates.

Volunteer roles available:

We are currently looking for volunteers to help with the running and maintenance of our bookshop (click the links below to find out more).

Get in touch:

If you have any comments about the bookshop or want to get in touch about any matter, please do so and we will respond as quickly as we can.

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 01483 415 950 (available 9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday)

Post:  9 Queen Street in Godalming GU7 1BA

Voted in the Top 14 of unique bookshops in Surrey and South West London

Finalist in the 2016 and 2021 Muddy Stilettos Awards – looking for best independent bookshop in Surrey!