Robert Berkelouw


My brother David and I started working in the book industry with our Dad when we were young boys, helping him to stack books on the shelves of our Book Barn in the country. As sixth generation booksellers, we have seen so much change over the past 30 years or so since we started working in our family business, but two things have remained the same - people's love of a good story and our need to belong.

Since having young families ourselves, David and I started to feel passionately about the need to create a fresh type of bookshop that aimed to sit at the heart of the community in which it was located and which catered to the specific needs of that local community. With this in mind we have created unique experiences within our shops which seek to transport our customers into a beautiful, exciting and imaginative world.

With over 50 years of experience between my brother and I in selling books, and supported by our hand-picked team of expert booksellers, Harry Hartog has become the bookshop trusted by new and old readers alike. We strive to assist our readers' choices with imagination, humour and courtesy. We are committed to maintaining our shops' special style, where we treat our customers as friends whom we work hard to help, in this fast paced digital age.