Remembering Keith Jones

On behalf of Keith Jones Christian Bookshop, Colin Bailey, former manager, writes:

Friends may be interested to know that Mr Keith Jones, the founder of Keith Jones Booksellers in Bournemouth, passed away recently, aged 97.

His career in the Christian book trade began over 50 years ago as manager of the local branch of Pickering & Inglis. When this was closed – and he was made redundant – he started his own small independent store which he managed until his retirement. The shop has grown over the years into one of the largest Christian bookshops in the UK with a local, national and international reputation.

The current partners and staff would like to express their sympathy to the family, and give thanks for his life and the opportunity we have to share in the ministry he started.

Any information, personal experiences and reminiscences regarding his remarkable life would be much appreciated. Please email them to kjinfo AT

  • Keith died in the early hours of Thursday October 14th and the funeral is to be held on October 27th, 2.30pm, at Charminster Chapel, Bournemouth.