Stib Meets...Sheryl Shurville
Book shop owner, Sheryl Shurville, owner of two lovely independent bookshops; one in Chorleywood and the other in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire.
Sheryl's book stores are very much part of the local community and welcome many high-profile authors as part of their busy events schedule. Past guests have included Melissa Hemsley, Greg James, Ruth Jones and David Walliams. The stores also play a big part in the annual Chorleywood Lit Fest and last Christmas, Sheryl initiated a highly successful Gift a Book campaign to donate 350 books for underprivileged children in the area and spread the joy of reading. Here Sheryl talks about her former life as a nurse and what made her swap that life for one in literacy.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I always wanted to be a nurse and started my training as soon as I could when I was 18 years old. I trained at The Middlesex Hospital in London which has subsequently been closed. My speciality was in Accident and Emergency. I was also a midwife and trained and worked as a midwife at Northwick Park Hospital in Harrow. Latterly I worked as a practice nurse. I thoroughly enjoyed nursing it was a privilege to be a nursed and meet so many lovely people.
What advice would you give yourself as a child?
What was your 'big idea' which inspired you to set up your business?
There was already a bookshop here, I joined a friend, it was my love of reading that made me change careers from being a nurse for over 20 years
What do you say to yourself when you need a confidence boost?
You can do it
What's your favourite Stib word?
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