The Forgotten Library takes inspiration from vintage and antiquarian books to create unusual literary gifts.

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Copyright Charlotte White


Can you make a book clock from a specific book?



It is possible to make clocks to order but it can take a long time to source the right book and not all volumes are suitable to be turned into a full book clock.  Ideally a book needs to be less than one inch thick to work with and must have a proper hardcover.  Each page is hand cut to make space for the clock movement.  With the larger books if the spine is very deep the turning of the pages to work with using this method will result in too heavily sloped a cut.



Where do you get your books from?



All sorts of places!


I like to support charity shops where possible as not only is the book getting another lease of life but a good cause benefits too.  I also go to car boot sales, book sales and auctions.


There are lots of independent second hand booksellers too.


I love to visit Barter Books when on holiday near Alnwick, Northumberland.  Hay on Wye is another favourite holiday town with so many bookshops to visit, download their latest visitor leaflet at


Abebooks has lots of sellers to browse in one place online.



Will The Forgotten Library have a stall at any

forthcoming markets or fairs?






Southwell Minster Winter Craft Fair

Friday 1st November 7pm - 10pm

Saturday 2nd November 10am - 3pm

Southwell Minster, Church Street, Southwell, Nottinghamshire, NG25 0HD


Mapperley Makers and Vintage Market

Sunday 3rd November 11am - 4pm

Mapperley Plains Social Club, Plains Road, Mapperley, Nottingham, NG3 5RH


Etsy Made Local - Nottingham

Saturday 30th November

The Council House, Old Market Square, Nottingham, NG1 2DT




Norwood Park Christmas Market

Sunday 1st December 11am - 4pm

Norwood Hall, Norwood Park, Halam Road, Southwell, Nottinghamshire, NG25 0PB


Craft in The City

Saturday 7th, Sunday 8th, Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th December 9am -

Waterstones, 1-5 Bridlesmith Gate, Nottingham, NG1 2GR




Do you have a wholesale website?


If you would like to stock The Forgotten Library products in your museum shop or gift shop please e-mail us with details of your shop so that we can send you our latest price list and access information to view the full range of items available.