SCOTLAND'S first female-centric bookshop is set to open in Edinburgh next week.

The store is the brainchild of Rachel Wood who set up subscription service Rare Birds Book Club to encourage more people to read and celebrate fiction by female authors.

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Wood hopes the opening of the shop demonstrates that the book club, which is popular with customers in more than 20 countries, has shown strong sales in a time of retail uncertainty.

From Friday August 6, readers can visit Rare Birds Shop, located at 13 Raeburn Place in Edinburgh’s Stockbridge neighbourhood. It promoses to stock beloved book club favourites, must-have modern classics and contemporary reads.

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The shop’s shelves will also contain a collection of other must-have gifts and novel memorabilia including Rare Birds’ new candles, graphic print totes, small batch chocolate and stationery from women-led businesses.

Wood said: “We’re so thrilled to be opening our first book shop in Edinburgh. We’ve always been deeply interested in women’s writing and we can’t wait to bring what we do online to life in our very own space.

"We dreamed of a really welcoming space where we could showcase a huge variety of women’s writing across all genres and create a space where booklovers could meet and socialise and that’s what I hope the space will be.”