We believe that virtue and beauty have a close relationship. By reading we gain knowledge. In knowledge we find things that inform our choices and beliefs. Therefore, as booksellers we see that books have an aesthetic value and a heuristic value.


Here in our store you will find beautiful books ~ books known throughout time, and recent important books. We assure our customers books of quality, each carefully graded and shipped with appropriate care. Please take a look at our inventory and let us know if we can assist you in any way.

Shelley and Son Books is located on Main Street of Hendersonville, North Carolina ~ in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, just south of Asheville.  Shelley and Son Books is owned by Stan Shelley. 

Bookstore Specialty: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, The Inklings, and their friends

In the News & A Little History of Our Bookstore:

"Buying and Selling the Inklings" ~ Stan Shelley's Interview with the Wade Center, Wheaton College

- "Let's Talk Tolkien: Fantasy Scholar Delves Deeper into Middle Earth" ~ Bold Life / Stan Shelley 

- "Read It or Wear It" ~ Bold Life / Stan Shelley


To recieve digital or print catalogs: (including our specialty Inklings Catalog) please complete this form.

To reach us: Please call our bookstore at 828-697-2166. We invite you to leave a message.

Alternatively, you may email us at [email protected].

We will do our best to get back to you within 24 to 36 hours!


Stan Shelley                                                                            


Stan Shelley, Owner       




Jessica Bradley   

Sales & Customer Service    



At Shelley and Son Books, we're always here to help! We look forward to hearing from you


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"We read to know we are not alone." ~ C. S. Lewis