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Hi Karen - thank you for your kind words but you'll have to keep coming over to the south side to see us as I can't open a bookshop in Stockbridge, despite dearly wanting to, because there are so many charity shops there. Fortunately we are on the number 23 bus route which goes v close to your house!


The Ullapool Bookshop, Quay Street, Ullapool, Ross-shire is intelligently stocked and the manager & staff are knowledgeable & helpful to regulars & vistors alike. They even have internet access, so I can look again for the name of that book that caught my attention in the blog, Cornflower. (These names just fall down the rabbit holes in my mind nowadays).

Dark Puss

I'll add a few for those of you in or coming (Karen????) to London:

Foyles really is good, very comprehensive but is dramatically cutting back on space devoted to science and computing which is worrying.

Daunt Books is one of my favourites and there are two branches within 15 minute walk of my flat. Am I not fortunate?

West End Lane Books is also reasonably close and is about to open a sister shop within 50m of where I live!

Maybe I should actually buy some books from the shops I so regularly visit!

PS I did buy the book Indirect Procedures - A Musicians Guide to the Alexander Technique recently from Foyles.

Dark Puss

When I lived in Stockbridge in the 1960's there were real shops!

Dark Puss

I got timed out! Wanted also to alert people to Primrose Hill Bookshop which is a 15 minute walk from my flat.

I guess I am quite well served locally. Although I buy books for myself very rarely these days, I do buy for other people and (within the bounds of possibility) I never buy from a shop that isn't an independent.


After an unpleasant experience with The Book Depository, I am committed to buying only from real bookshops. That's made more difficult as I live in France, but I compile a wish list and wait patiently until I visit the UK (and read the books I already have, so my husband is pleased as well!)

Simon (Savidge Reads)

I had no idea that this sepcial week existed, am hoping am not too late to join in with something locally! Thanks for the links Karen!


For anyone down in East Sussex perhaps visiting Charleston, Glyndebourne or Monks House [V.Woolf] do take a trip to the nearby village of Alfriston and visit Much Ado Books [sorry not techno enough to make this a link but there is website of the same name.] This is a mix of new and secondhand books, beautiful cards, recyled book cover notebooks and much more in a rambling shop full of unexpected corners, cosy armchairs covered with crochet throws and plenty of extras such as the Supper Club going on. Although I rarely buy myself new books, if I do then this is the shop I love to go to for the best of bookbuying experiences.

Dark Puss

I have finally visited the Watermill in Aberfeldy, primarily to see the exhibition of photographs of South Georgia which I certainly recommend. We did buy a couple of books and we had coffee too.

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