Friday, September 16, 2016

Where Books Are Sold

After reading "84 Charing Cross Road" I was again reminded about the wonderful charm that surrounds books and small book stores.  The big book chains and ordering books on-line seem to be winning.  I'll admit to often buying  books this way.   It's ease and price point is alluring.  Yet, I hope the private, smaller cozier new and used books stores will survive. Nothing can replace the experience of being in one of these lovely places. Here are some book stores that are filled with that charm. * 

Barter Book, Northumberland

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Based in a former Victorian train station, Barter Books is breathtaking. Comfy sofas, a model railway and a children’s room too. Oh! And it’s the home of the original Keep Calm and Carry On poster.

Daunt Books, London

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 Though Daunt Books has six locations over London, the Marylebone outpost is probably the most famous. An Edwardian bookshop with plenty of events, and of course, some iconic tote bags.

The Book Shop, Wigtown, Scotland

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 Situated in Scotland’s National Book Town, The Bookshop stocks about 100,000 titles, so the odds of finding something good to read are high.

Octavia's Bookshop, Cirencester

The Book Barge, Staffordshire 

 Board the bookshop that floats, and sail away. If you’re feeling especially civilized, join them for a Breakfast Chug, and “read, relax, chomp jam, juice & fresh bread for only £10”. Or buy their book, and stay on dry land.

Ross Old Book Shop, Ross on Wye.

Secondhand and antiquarian books, in a picturesque setting. And on Saturdays, there’s a cake sale. So charming!

Madhatter Bookshop, Oxfordshire

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This quirky shop sells both books and hats, and is utterly delightful. They’re committed to hosting literary events, as well as “book clubs, literary study groups, break-into-books groups and creative engagement with GCSE and A level groups.”  

Hatchard’s, London

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 The oldest bookshop in London, Hatchard’s was founded in 1797. It’s easy to lose yourself in the swanky Piccadilly site - right next to Fortnum and Mason’s. If you’re in King’s Cross, they’ve also got an outpost at St Pancras.

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