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Secondhand and Antiquarian Bookshops in the UK 2018

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30th Century Comics
18 Lower Richmond Road
PUTNEY  London  SW15 1JP   map
tel: 020 87882052  e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.30 - 6.00.
3,000 Vintage British and American books in the following genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Crime, Spies, Sleaze, TV/Film tie-ins, Children's, Pulps. Mainly paperback, almost exclusively pre 1980s. Also over 100,000 vintage British and American comics, annuals and picture libraries.

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Addyman Books
39 Lion Street
HAY-ON-WYE  Powys  HR3 5AD   map
tel: 01497 821136  fax: 01497 821732  e-mail  web
Open: 7 days 10.30 - 5.30.
A large stock of second hand books. Specialising in modern first editions, literature, eighteenth and nineteenth century and antiquarian. We also have two other shops in Hay, The Addyman Annexe and Murder and Mayhem - specialising in mystery, detective fiction and true crime.

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Adelphi Bookshop
1 Albert Road
SOUTHSEA  Hampshire  PO5 2SE   map
tel: 02392 870408
Open: Monday - Friday 10.30 - 5.30, Saturday 9.30 - 5.30.
Medium general stock, with emphasis on early C20th crime fiction and thrillers.

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Age UK Book Shop
68 The Parade
Oadby 
LEICESTER  Leicestershire  LE2 5BF   map
tel: 0116 2718197  e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 5.00.
A very varied selection of good quality second-hand books at attractive prices starting from £1. All proceeds go towards providing important services to local older people.

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At the Sign of the Dragon
St Ninians
New Road 
WIGTOWN  Dumfries and Galloway  DG8 9JL   map
tel: 01988 403446  e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Saturday by appointment.
We stock New and Secondhand books and magazines on SF, Fantasy, Horror, Crime Fiction, Children's Fiction especially Fantasy, Film and TV tie-ins, Naval and Military both Non-Fiction and Fiction. Transport especially Railways

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Berwyn Books
Unit 4 Spencer Ind Estate
Liverpool Road 
BUCKLEY  Flintshire  CH7 3LY   map
tel: 01244 541415  e-mail  web
Open: Appointment necessary.
Over 20,000 books on our constantly updated internet inventory. Valuations, bookbinding and clearance services.

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Black Pug Books
The Old Gallery
24 West Borough 
WIMBORNE  Dorset  BH21 1NF   map
tel: 01202 889383
Open: Thursday, Friday & Saturday 10.00 - 6.00
Highly varied mix of stock, but no paperbacks or book club editions. Smallish room in private house. Tea and coffee happily offered in home surroundings.

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Book
17 Merrial Street
NEWCASTLE-UNDER-LYME  Staffordshire  ST5 9AE   map
tel: 01782 630201  e-mail
Open: 7 days 9.30 - 4.30.
Our stock is mainly second-hand but we do carry a number of new books. We have a good History.Military and Transport sections. All visitors from outside of our immediate area will be given Coffee or Tea.

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Book End
Bridge House
Bridge Street 
BAKEWELL  Derbyshire  DE45 1DS   map
tel: 01629 814994  e-mail
Open: Thursday - Monday 10.00 - 5.00.
We are a small second-hand bookshop run for the benefit of Bakewell and Eyam Community Transport. All books are donated. Wide cross section of fiction and non fiction. As well as second-hand books of all genres, there is a stock of new goods including: cards, gift wrap, There are also greetings cards. This second hand book shop is run primarily by volunteers who are friendly and helpful.

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BooksIsell
85 High Street
NEWPORT  Shropshire  TF10 7AY   map
tel: 01952 811683  e-mail
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 4.00.
30,000+ used books. Not all on display but on premises including 6,000+ online books (listed on Amazon/Abebooks under Severnbooks). Inexpensive pricing. New owner from February 2015 who welcomes fellow book lovers and collectors. He's turned his hobby into his retirement business!

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Bransdown Books
Tynemouth Market
Platform 2 
TYNEMOUTH  Tyne and Wear  NE30 4RE   map
tel: 07956 608599  e-mail  web
Open: Saturday & Sunday 9.30 - 3.30.
Specialists in collectable 20th century children's books, but with a reasonable general stock alongside, both fiction and non-fiction. Also have private premises open by appointment only.

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By The Book
201 King Street
Castle Douglas  Kirkcudbrightshire  DG7 1DT   map
tel: 01556 503338  e-mail
Open: Tuesday - Sunday 10.00 - 5.00.
General stock, small but friendly.

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Castle Books
20A Church Street
BEAUMARIS  Anglesey  LL58 8AB   map
tel: 0124 8811394 or 07835 927 541  e-mail
Castle Books has moved just a few yards to its own premises just past the Post Office and opposite the parish church. History, Welsh interest, archaeology, travel, walking, maps, natural history and rural affairs, literature, Penguins, Ladybirds, Tunnicliffe, Observers, good transport section. Ever changing stock, friendly book chat, booksearch, fair prices, books bought. Credit/debit cards accepted. The only bookshop on Anglesey. Stockist for Anglesey Antiquarian Society, Gwynedd Archaeological Trust.

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Cavern Books
Dagfields Craft Centre
Walgherton Road 
NANTWICH  Cheshire  CW5 7LG   map
tel: 01270 841594 or 07712 046873  e-mail  web
Open: 7 days 11.30 - 5.00.
General secondhand books, and particularly railways, military and crime, postcards and ephemera. Also LPs & CDs. There are also numerous book shelves all around the massive buildings.

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Cheltenham Rare Books
12 Imperial Square
CHELTENHAM  Gloucestershire  GL50 1QB   map
tel: 01242 361594  e-mail
Open: Wednesday - Saturday 10.00 - 4.00.
A wide range of rare and collectible literature and illustrated works. Emphasis on condition and quality. Books bought on all subjects. Located next door to Peter Lyons Books - one journey, two shops!

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Christine's Book Cabin
9 Coventry Road
MARKET HARBOROUGH  Leicestershire  LE16 9BX   map
tel: 01858 433233  e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 4.00, closed Wednesday.
Booksellers since 1992; shopkeepers since 1997. 2,500 books with specialist sections on Leics and Northants, history, maritime fiction, children's collectable fiction and crime fiction. Website has searchable database of books not shown in the shop.

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Clewlow Books of Whitby
The Brunswick Rooms
Brunswick Street 
WHITBY  North Yorkshire  YO21 3AJ   map
tel: 0781 010 6952  e-mail
Open: Saturday 11.00 - 4.30.
Substantial stock of antiquarian, collectable & better secondhand books. Also printed collectables, vintage magazines etc. The trade usually find me a worthwhile call. Housed in superb grade 2* listed arts & crafts building.

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Daisyroots Books Ltd
Main Street
GRANGE-OVER-SANDS  Cumbria  LA11 6DP   map
tel: 015395 38817  e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 9.30 - 5.00.
Extensive stock of collectable and contemporary titles in sought-after subjects. Over 20,000 books on two floors. Famous for fiction. Friendly, independent family business established in 1994. Book searches undertaken. Free roadside parking opposite. Town centre car park within 5 minutes walk. All major credit/debit cards accepted.

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Dave's Books
Unit 006 (next to the tea rooms)
Royal Arcade  127-131 Lord Street 
SOUTHPORT  Merseyside  PR8 1PU   map
Open: 7 days 9.00 - 5.00.
A wide range of books, mainly out-of-print as well as popular fiction, a good selection of vintage ladybird books, Enid Blyton paperbacks, old sf and fantasy, super-hero comics, anything I think interesting.

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Framlingham Bookshop (was V.S Bell)
19 Market Hill
FRAMLINGHAM  Suffolk  IP13 9BB   map
tel: 01728 723046
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 4.00, closed Wednesday pm and for lunch.
General secondhand books as well as crime and detective fiction.

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Glaisnock Book Cafe
20 South Main Street
WIGTOWN  Dumfries and Galloway  DG8 9EH   map
tel: 01988 402249  e-mail  web
Open: 7 days 9.00 - 5.00.
Thousands of books displayed in our book cave room. Modern fiction and non-fiction at affordable prices. Our book cave is located at the rear of our book themed cafe

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JW Books
The Shopping Courtyard
Stratford Garden Centre Campden Road  Clifford Chambers 
STRATFORD-UPON-AVON  Warwickshire  CV37 8LW   map
tel: 01789 508031  e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.30 - 5.00, Sunday 10.30 - 4.00.
Extensive range of secondhand books encompassing architecture, art, aviation, biographical, history, maritime, military, natural history, performing arts, topography, transport, travel, sports and Folio Society. Local interests: Gloucestershire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. Also Fred Archer and John Moore. Regular attendee at Churchdown Book Fair.

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Keel Row Books
11 Fenwick Terrace
Preston Road 
NORTH SHIELDS  Tyne and Wear  NE29 0LU   map
tel: 0191 296 0664  e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.00.
Rare & second-hand books, maps, ephemera & photographs bought & sold. Established 1981. Tyneside's longest running rare & secondhand bookshop. Member of the ABA, ILAB and PBFA. Sprawling early Victorian house now crammed with 40,000 books on every conceivable subject. Located in historic North Shields, close to the mouth of the River Tyne. A couple of minutes drive from the attractions of the coast.

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Landers Bookshop
Hall Street
LONG MELFORD  Suffolk  CO10 9HZ   map
tel: 01787 378957  e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 5.00.
Lots of General new titles that are regularly updated. A good, wide selection of secondhand books. We undertake searches for new and hard to find titles as well as general second hand requests.

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Lodge Books
25 South Back Lane
BRIDLINGTON  East Yorkshire  YO16 4EY   map
tel: 07449 887118  e-mail  web
Open: Thursday & Friday 10.30 - 4.30, Saturday 10.30 - 2.30.
A range of popular fiction, classics, biographies, non-fiction and children's, with a selection of collectibles. Find us close to the Old Town of Bridlington, the Priory and the Bayle Museum.

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Louth and District Hospice Bookshop
53 Ashwell Street
LOUTH  Lincolnshire  LN11 9HW   map
tel: 01507 600887  e-mail  web
Open: Wednesday - Saturday 10.00 - 3.30.
We stock thousands of secondhand books. Dependent on donations but we have large stocks of crime, history, cookery, gardening. We also offer a Book Club in conjunction with a local café and a book search service

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Lucius Books
The York Eco Business Centre
Amy Johnson Way 
YORK  North Yorkshire  YO30 4AG   map
tel: 01904 640111  fax: 01904 640444  e-mail  web
Open: By appointment only.
Rare and collectable; modern first editions, particularly crime and detective fiction; children's and illustrated books. Original art including illustrations; rock and pop memorabilia. Prices from £10. Members of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association, International League of Antiquarian Booksellers and Provincial Book Fairs Association.

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Odd Things Shop & Caff
59 Oakenshaw Lane
 Walton 
WAKEFIELD  West Yorkshire  WF2 6NJ   map
tel: 01924 255666  e-mail  web
Open: Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays 10.00 - 5.00.
Secondhand and contemporary. Recommended poetry selection plus fiction, literature,art, collectors penguin, crime, thrillers, children's, maps. Something for everyone. All profit to The Yorkshire Live Music Project C.I.C.

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Oxfam
20 Burleigh Street
CAMBRIDGE  Cambridgeshire  CB1 1DG   map
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Oxfam Books & Music
74 Hertford Street
COVENTRY  West Midlands  CV1 1LB   map
tel: 02476 229684  e-mail  web
Open: 7 days 9.00 - 5.00.
Trading for over 30 years, we have a wide selection of academic textbooks, literature, poetry, and plays, alongside fiction, crime, travel and children's books. We have one of the largest sci-fi departments in the country, stocking hundreds of comics (many rare and out of print). We also have many film & music reference books and biographies.

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Oxfam Bookshop
9 Drury Lane
SOLIHULL  West Midlands  B91 3BB   map
tel: 0121 7094342  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 6.00.
Good Volume of secondhand books. prices reasonable. Strong Crime Fiction section. Other charity shops in the town are lacklustre with the exception of British Heart Foundation in the shopping centre. Good basic selection.

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Pendleburys Bookshop
Garreg Fawr
Porthyrhyd 
LLANWRDA  SA19 8NY   map
tel: 01558 650 840  e-mail  web
Open: Tuesday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.00 .
Booksellers for many decades with a large general stock & specialisms of 20,000 theology, 3,500 botanical & gardening books. Outside advertised hours please telephone before visiting. A remote hillside bookshop housed in converted barns in the foothills of the Cambrians within a three acre garden project.

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Priorsford Books
11 Northgate
PEEBLES  EH45 8RX   map
tel: 07522 934770  e-mail
Open: Wednesday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.00.
Strong on children's collectables, also general Scottish interest, women's fiction, crime, Greyladies, Folio, social history, magazine, prints and literary gifts.

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R and R Books
Nelson Street
STROUD  Gloucestershire  GL5 2HL   map
tel: 01453 755788  e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.30.
Wide range of secondhand books, magazines, comics, and ephemera. Includes mind, body & spirit, esoteric, art & craft, literature, poetry & plays. Good selection of paperback fiction including classics - modern & 19th century, crime/detective, science fiction, fantasy, and children's.

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Richmond Books
20 Trinity Church Square
RICHMOND  North Yorkshire  DL10 4QN   map
tel: 07857871380
Open: 7 days 10.15 - 4.15 including Summer & Spring Bank Holidays.
Military, general & local history, aviation, maritime, mountaineering, travel, field sports, transport, Folio Society, crime fiction, Sci-fi & fantasy, classics, literature, poetry and childrens' books.

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Rickaro Books
17 High Street
Horbury 
WAKEFIELD  West Yorkshire  WF4 5AB   map
tel: 01924 278811  e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 8.30 - 5.30.
Our stock reflects the diversity of interests in the town of Horbury where we are situated, with the best of new and collectable titles always on display. Whilst we have a good general stock and cater for children of all ages, we specialise in local history of the West Yorkshire area and always have a range of interesting titles available.

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Saltburn Bookshop
3 Amber Street
SALTBURN-BY-THE-SEA  Cleveland  TS12 1DT   map
tel: 01287 623335  e-mail
Open: Thursday - Saturday 11.00 - 1.00 & 2.00 - 4.00, but best to phone first if travelling.
Established 1977, in my name since 1989. 11,000 books in most categories: especially NE topography, crime fiction, archaeology, trains.

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Stothert Old Books
Rock House Farm
Rock Lane  Burwardsley 
CHESTER  Cheshire  CH3 9 PL   map
tel: 01829 772505  e-mail  web
Open: Saturday & Sunday 11.00 - 4.00, other times by appointment.
A wide selection of antiquarian and collectable books on most subjects. A long-established book dealer in the Chester area.

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Tarrington Books
Shire Cottage
TARRINGTON  Herefordshire  HR1 4EU   map
tel: 01432 890746  e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Friday 10.00 - 6.00, appointment necessary.
Thousands of antiquarian and collectable books in stock including crime fiction, signed first editions, vintage Penguin paperbacks, military, history, theology, engineering and quality fine bindings. New stock added every month. We primarily trade online but browsers are more than welcome by appointment.

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The Antiquarian Book Company
49 Hampstead Road
BRIGHTON  East Sussex  BN1 5NG   map
tel: 01273 389526  e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 5.00 by appointment.
I have a small stock of publishers' bindings in paper and cloth, early dust jackets and some crime fiction especially bibliomysteries. I also buy and sell manuscripts, maps, photograph albums and ephemera. I sell at book fairs, see my website for details. I am not on abe books. Visitors by appointment only.

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The Big Comfy Bookshop
Fargo Village
Far Gosford Street 
COVENTRY  West Midlands  CV1 5ED   map
tel: 07710 400 428  e-mail  web
Open: Tuesday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.00, Sunday 11.00 - 4.00.
General secondhand bookstore. Large SF fantasy and Crime thriller section. Cafe serving cake, tea, coffee and alcohol.

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The Black Cat Bookshop
Stall A19 & A20
Leicester Market 
LEICESTER  Leicestershire  LE1 5HQ   map
tel: 0116 2512756  e-mail  web
Open: Wednesday only 8.00 - 300.
Stock on display is mostly paperback fiction but other items by arrangement. Specialities include children's collectable authors & illustrated books, crime fiction, Leicestershire & Rutland books and ephemera , etc. Regularly exhibiting at book fairs across the UK and vast stocks of books available by worldwide mail order service.

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The Book Cellar at St Richard's Hospice
11 High Street
EVESHAM  Worcestershire  WR11 4DA   map
tel: 01386 422921  e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 5.00.
We have a vast selection of high quality secondhand books, catering for a wide variety of tastes. We also stock some Folio Society and old collectable books. All funds raised through sales support St Richard's Hospice.

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The Book Stop's Here
Stall D9
Large Section  Preston Market 
PRESTON  Lancashire  PR1 2JA   map
e-mail
Open: Every day except Thursday 7.00 - 4.00.
Massive selection of paperback fiction, true crime & abuse cases. Collectable hardbacks, non fiction especially crime, travel & history. A long established local business serving the bibliophiles of Lancashire for the best part of two decades. Also at Clitheroe's Collectors' market every Sunday & on line sales @ ebay under name BIBUXMARKETMAN.

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The Courthouse Bookshop
Workshop Unit 3
Mill Road 
OUNDLE  Northamptonshire  PE8 4BW   map
tel: 01832 274754   e-mail  web
Open: Sign outside saying the shop is closed "for the foreseeable future"
Fiction - thrillers, crime, spy & historical fiction. Sport - football, cricket, golf, boxing, motor racing, fishing, and birdwatching. Crafts, painting & photography. Reference, countryside, gardening & history. Also children's books. Secondhand bookshop located in the courtyard of the Courthouse/Museum buildings in the historic market town of Oundle. Parking close by at the Drill Hall car park.

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The Dormouse Bookshop
29 Elm Hill
NORWICH  Norfolk  NR3 1HG   map
tel: 01603 621021
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.30 - 5.00.
Medium general stock, East Anglia, travel, natural history, crime fiction, entertainment and science fiction.

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The Faction Bookshop
2 Leegate
LEE  London  SE12 8SS   map
tel: Unknown  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 9.30 - 5.30.
A wide range, especially strong on paperback fiction, pop culture, the cinema and TV.

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The Kindness Offensive Bookshop
273 Camden Road
HOLLOWAY  London  N7 0JN   map
tel: 020 7607 6592  e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Friday 1.00 - 5.00, Saturday 12.00 - 6.00.
Most of the books not ordered or categorised. All books in the shop are free of charge to take away.

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This Shop Rocks
131 Brick Lane
SHOREDITCH  E16SE   map
tel: 02077 397 667  e-mail
Open: 7 days 12.00 - 6.00.
Wide range, we have useful books, many on theatre, films, art, cookery, etc. A small bookshop but carefully picked and packed.

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Treasure Chest Books
61 Cobbold Road
FELIXSTOWE  Suffolk  IP11 7BH   map
tel: 01394 270717  e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 9.30 - 5.00 (closed Mondays January - March).
East Anglia's Largest bookshop with something for everyone - over 60,000 books including the UK's largest stock of Transport/Shipping/Aviation Books (20,000+). Also Military, History, Art, East Anglian, Maps, Industrial History and a large stock of cheap Fiction/Classics/Childrens/Sci-Fi/Crime etc. Quality book always wanted.

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Tree House Bookshop
5-7 Abbey End
KENILWORTH  Warwickshire  CV8 1QH   map
tel: 01926 856843  e-mail  web
Open: Tuesday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.00.
Community bookshop selling donated books.

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Undercover Books
Loose's Fleamarket
23-25 Magdalen Street 
NORWICH  Norfolk  NR3 1LP   map
tel: 07745 924388  e-mail
Open: Monday - Saturday:- 10.00- - 5.30, Sunday 11.00 - 4 .00.
A large and ever-changing selection of modern period 'classic' fiction in hardback and paerback, crime, sci-fi, 'pulp', horror. A good children's selection including early Puffin and pictorial board books are always in stock. Art books and hard-to-find titles in various genres. A solid travel section and a number of antiquarian books. Local interest, of course, and academic books too.

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Wayne the Book Guy
24 Prudhoe Street
NORTH SHIELDS  Tyne and Wear  NE29 6QX   map
tel: 07760 251278  e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 4.00.
Second hand, loved books and collectables. Both fiction and non fiction. All genres and tastes. Now moved to the Wilbury Inn Cafe. Enjoy a cuppa with your book!

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Wildy & Sons Ltd
Lincoln's Inn Archway
Carey Street 
LINCOLN'S INN  London  WC2A 2JD   map
tel: 020 7242 5778
Lawbooks, criminology, true crime.

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