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The Bookshop Guide - the only guide to all the UK's secondhand and antiquarian bookshops, bookrooms, and market stalls.  Add your bookshop here


18.07.19. TravellingLibrary writes: I was fortunate to discover this enticing and luminous shop (Wenlock Books) just days before its owner, the lovely Anna Dreda, announced its closure. The shop is now no more, but here are a few words by way of obituary: The ambience created by the previous owner in his model restoration of the timber-framed mediaeval house was exceptional, ably enhanced by the warmth and clarity of Anna's displays, her welcoming manner and the activities that she organised both inside and outside the shop. Such joy to see such a little town bucking the bookshop trend, such disappointment to so quickly learn that the magic was about to disappear. Farewell, Wenlock Books, a little piece of Heaven in rural Shropshire.   Add a comment

14.07.19. I've just added Bijou Bookshop, a unit in Happy Days Vintage Homestore in Cowbridge, who say they stock vintage and rare books.  Add a comment

12.07.19. 'Our trip netted some 20 books, I call that a successful visit!' +  13 other recent bookshop reviews.  Add a comment

11.07.19. Mark V found The Book Lounge in Kirkby Lonsdale listed in a local leaflet but hasn't had time to visit yet.  Add a comment

11.07.19. Many thanks to Steve Newman for adding two Isle of Wight bookshops - Central Collectables in Newport and the recently opened Reggie's Retro Bookshop & Store in Ventnor.  Add a comment

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We consider a 'shop' to be any business with a significant stock of secondhand or collectable books, that welcomes visitors at advertised times, or by prior appointment. This includes permanent units in antique markets, private bookrooms, and weekly market stalls. Entries in the Bookshop Guide are free, so why not take the opportunity to add your shop now.

Perhaps the most (in)famous bookshop guide was produced by Drif and old copies continue to delight customers and enrage many in the book trade. Drif reviewed the owners as much as their shops or stock and revelled in their eccentricities.

In the spirit of Driff we invite you to review the nation's bookshops and tell us which you think are the good, the bad and the ugly.

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