Showing posts with tag: bookshops

The Case for Second Hand Books

The joys of the book store

I was intrigued to read this week that Oxfam was expanding the number of shops it runs in France to include ones that sell second-hand clothes. Apparently, the French are supposed not to wear second-hand clothes, which I find hard to believe. Until now, Oxfam had tended to operate mainly second-hand bookshops in France. In Britain, Oxfam shops have become a familiar resident on the high street, with over 750 shops, most of them selling second-hand books.

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Hot Coffee, Great Books

For many of us, the perfect autumnal night-in is to be curled up on the sofa, swaddled in blankets and the comfiest of clothes with a hot drink in one hand and a good book in the other. The combination of caffeine and literature is potent and the humble cup of coffee has long been the crutch for many great writers: Hemingway was supposedly addicted to the stuff, amongst his other vices, whilst Voltaire drank over 50 cups of it each day.

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The Bookshop Q&A: P&G Wells

P&G Wells

Name
P&G Wells Ltd, Booksellers

Location
College Street, Winchester

How long have you been open?
About 250 years. We claim to be the oldest bookshop in Britain.

What sort of books do you sell?
For adults, a wide range of non-fiction and modern classics to back up all the newly-issued titles we take. Upstairs, our showroom offers probably the largest selection of children’s books in southern England.

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The Bookshop Q&A: Kemptown Bookshop

Kemptown Bookshop

Name
Kemptown Bookshop

Location
91 St George’s Road, Brighton, East Sussex BN2 1EE

How long have you been open?
17 years. The owner/manager is Mr Darion Goodwin and the shop manager is Mr Kristian Berggreen.

What sort of books do you sell?
We sell new books, covering most subjects. Particularly strong sections are paperback fiction, children’s books, art, cookery and local books.

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The Bookshop Q&A: Woolfson & Tay

Woolfson & Tay

Name
Woolfson & Tay

Location
12 Bermondsey Square, London SE1 3UN. Bermondsey Square was recently awarded the title of London’s best new public space at the London Planning Awards held at City Hall on January 20th!

How long have you been open?
Since September 11th, 2010

What sort of books to do you sell?
We’re a general bookshop, (though we also have a gallery space that doubles as a café).

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The Bookshop Q&A: Quinto & Francis Edwards

Quinto & Francis Edwards Bookshop

Name
Quinto & Francis Edwards Bookshop

Location
72 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0BB

What sort of books to do you sell?
Secondhand and antiquarian books on all subjects. The best thing about our stock is that it’s constantly changing: we completely re-stock one floor of the shop every month, replacing anything that hasn’t sold with newly acquired books.

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