Mark Skipper has been dealing in rare fiction and illustrated books for nigh on 30 years now, following a degree in English at Oxford University. In his own words "Looking back, I now realise that whatever I was doing to bring in money took a back seat to hunting for and selling books. For me, it has always been rare literature (ancient and modern) or illustrated books. Creating our bookshop in Cheltenham is the most satisfying thing I have ever done."
Mark Skipper Books morphed into Cheltenham Rare Books when the business settled into the current premises in Imperial Square, Cheltenham in 2016.
Jacqueline Skipper joined the business in 2017, following a career that included Head of Product Development for a big data digital product at British Gas and Project Director for Strategic Global Projects at CEVA Logistics. Analytical by nature, Information Technology was the perfect career for many years. She loved the challenge of creating the big picture as well as the intricacy of the detail that drove success. Ultimately the lure of working with Mark and not working away from home drew her to join Cheltenham Rare Books full time. She's responsible for the digital strategy and implementation, data management and marketing.