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21 Wellmeadow Street

0141 887 7303

Tue - Sat: 10:15am - 5:15pm

I have added a Manager's Choice page - a bit of an experiment!

The shop is at 21 Wellmeadow St -  near the University and Paisley Museum and Library. About 400m west of both. About 1km west of Paisley Gilmour Street station. See map.

Abbey Books has 40,000 books (who's counting?) on a wide range of topics.  Almost too much history, poetry and fiction never mind art, music and drama.  And then there's the children's books! Oh, and sheet music!

Most of the books on these pages should be in the shop - somewhere! But some will be sold or out-of-stock so please get in touch if you are coming specially to look at a book you have seen here.

Summer Book Festival

This was held Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th June 2023. Please see the Book Festival page for more information. It is hoped to run another one next year.

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New Book(s)

Shadow Paisley Pictures

A Dish Served Cold £10.00

George Colkitto

Paperback, ISBN:9781838405274

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Shadow Robert Tannahill´s Paisley

Robert Tannahill's Paisley (£4.00)

Paul Wandrum

Paperback, ISBN: 9781789729283

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Shadow Shadow

Black is the Colour(£8.50)

Seamus Connolly

Paperback, ISBN: 9798688650365

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Shadow Lochs

From Small Lochs to Great lakes(£15)

Donald MacDonald


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Shadow Shadow

Replacement Service - Collected Bus Poems (£10.00)
Chips, Paracetamol and Wine (£7.50)

Graham Fulton

Paperbacks, ISBN: 9781916214569 and 9781916312135

Shadow Shadow

The Siren Awakes ISBN: 9781916214507 (£10.00)

The Cabinet - Poems ISBN: 9781913632090 (£6.50)

Linda jackson

Shadow Shadow

A Man of Constant Sorrow & other Irish Writing (£2.00)

Scotland Free or a Desert!
A play loosely based on the Paisley riots of 1819 (£2.00)

Craig Burrell


Local Authors

Bombs Over Paisley: The Woodside First Aid Post Disaster (£8.00)
George Prentice
Spiral Bound

Also by George Prentice:
  • The Stories Behind Some Paisley Memorials (£7.50)
  • Paisley's Roll of Honour (£8).
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Mill Girls (£5.50)
Mo Blake, Kathryn Daly, Gwen McKerrill, Tracy Patrick
Weaving Musical Threads, 2013
Paperback , ISBN: 978-1-907000-13-3

"A collection of poems remembering and celebrating the passion and resilience of the women who worked in the thread mills and in the making of the town."
Earth Love: An Anthology of Environmental Poetry (£5.00)
Tracy Patrick (ed.)
Earth Love, 2013

Neither Dead Nor Alive (£7.50)
Jack Hastie
Matador, 2014
Paperback , ISBN: 9781783065059

"Set in the Benderloch area of Argyll, the book tells the story of a city boy, Steve, who finds himself catapulted back in time to the Bronze Age where he must lift a curse that condemns Aiden, his father Finn, and a thief Fergus, to be murdered over and over again every midsummer."
Also by Jack Hastie:
  • Fraser's Voices, Weird Tales and Viking Trails Around Largs.
FraserWeird Viking
Provenance: Tales from a Bookshop (£10.00)
Anne M. Scriven
Kennedy & Boyd, 2015
Paperback , ISBN: 1849211469

Also by Anne M. Scriven:
  • Learning to Listen: Life and a Very Nervous Dog   (£10.00)
The Making of The Magnificent Seven (£37.50)
Brian Hannan
McFarland & Co., 2015
Paperback , ISBN: 9780786496952

  • The Making of The Guns of Navarone (£8.50)
  • The Making of Lawrence of Arabia (£8.50)
  • Darkness Visible: Hitchcock's Greatest Film (£7.50)
GunsArabia Hitchcock
Continue (£7.00)
Graham Fulton
Penniless Press, 2015
Paperback , ISBN: 9781326182762

We have about 12 other titles by Graham Fulton.
Wild Eye Fire Eye (£4.00)
Tracy Patrick
Earth Love, 2015

"Poems inspired by Celtic art."

Also by Tracy Patrick (aka Marie Sinclair):
  • 6 Referendum Stories   (£2.00)
Ponderings from Paisley (£5.50)
Rashelle Reid
The author, 2015
Paperback , ISBN: 9781326182946

The first collection of Rashelle's poetry.

See more at

Rashelle works in the shop.
Small Fish Big Fish (£8.00)
P. J. McDermott
Paperback , ISBN: 9780994554499

"Scotland, 1965. Seventeen-year-old Stephen McBride has a dull, grey, average life in the impoverished town of Ferguslie Park. When he sees ten pounds on the floor of the corner shop, he takes a risk and spends the money on himself at the local fairground. He doesn't know it at the time, but his one dishonest decision changes the rest of his life."
Coming Back to a Theater Near You (£30.00)
Brian Hannan
McFarland & Co., 2016
Paperback , ISBN: 9780786498130

  • The Making of The Guns of Navarone (£8.50)
  • The Making of Lawrence of Arabia (£8.50)
  • Darkness Visible: Hitchcock's Greatest Film (£7.50)
GunsArabia Hitchcock
Supreme Sacrifice: A Small Village and The Great War (£9.00)
Walter Reid, G. Masterton, P. Birch
Paperback , ISBN: 9781780273501

"This is the story of seventy-two men from one village [Bridge of Weir] who fought and died in the Great War"
Glasgow Women Poets: A Collection (£5.00)
Mairi Murphy (ed.)
Four-em Press, 2016
Paperback , ISBN: 9780995459403

The Gryphon At Bay (£10.00)
Louise Turner
Hadley Rille Books, 2017
Paperback , ISBN: 9780997118858

In this gripping follow-up to her debut novel, Fire and Sword, Louise Turner returns to the splendour and intrigue of Renaissance Scotland and the court of King James IV.
In The Shadow of The Gathering Storm (£9.50)
Erl B. Wilkie
Cartvalepress, 2017
Paperback , ISBN: 9780957659049

" As the First World War draws to an end, Petty Officer Johann Schettler is embroiled in a mutiny of German Sailors. In the midst of the Battle of George Square, Schettler meets the fiery Kate A'Herne."
Paisley At The Pictures 1950 (£10.00)
Brian Hannan
Baroliant Press, 2019
Paperback , ISBN: 9781909773080

Blushing is for Sinners (£8.50)
Tracy Patrick
Clochoderick Press, 2019

A Pig's Ear (£7.50)
Tony McLean
Crane Hill Publishing, 2019
Paperback , ISBN: 9781795764414

When Women Ruled Hollywood (£10.00)
Brian Hannan
Baroliant Press, 2019
Paperback , ISBN: 9781909773165

Black is the Colour (£8.50)
Seumas Connolly
Privately Published, 2020
Paperback , ISBN: 9798688650365

Bridge of Weir Memories (£5.00)
Irene McCallum
Privately Published, 2020

Paisley At The Pictures - The Sequel: 1951 (£10.00)
Brian Hannan
Baroliant Press, 2021
Paperback , ISBN: 9781909773141


Whether you like it or not we do sell on eBay and Amazon.  Most books are displayed in the shop first but are moved to Amazon after a while if it seems worth it.  We have about 3000 books listed.


We sell a few old postcards in the shop.

We also have a few new postcards, produced by one of our customers. They include four of the old Renfrew Airport which closed in 1966. These cards sell at £1 each.

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Book Tokens

If you want to give a present of money but don't want the poor soul to buy what they want, why not give them an Abbey Books book token?  They're nice!

The gentleman in charge of the shop is Brian Hannan, who has been renting the shop since August 2022

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