Marlborough's White Horse bookshop has made regional the shortlist of the 2020 Independent Bookshop of the Year.

Forty nine bookshops from nine regions are competing to be named the country’s best indie retailer.

The shops will compete to win their region first, before vying for the overall prize of £5,000.

The winners of each region will be announced on March 20, with those nine shops then battling for the top prize at the Nibbies ceremony in May.

Tom Tivnan, The Bookseller’s managing editor, said: “There has been a resurgence in the last few years for the indie books sector with a growing number of stores and an increased market share. You can see why people are looking more towards indies by the brilliant shops on our regional shortlists. The High Street in general may be struggling but indie bookshops are thriving in this challenging environment because of the expertise of staff — which can beat an Amazon algorithm any day — but also that they are true hubs of their communities.”