The Bookshop Book

The Bookshop Book

Book - 2014
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We're not talking about rooms that are just full of books.

We're talking about bookshops in barns, disused factories, converted churches and underground car parks. Bookshops on boats, on buses, and in old run-down train stations. Fold-out bookshops, undercover bookshops, this-is-the-best-place-I've-ever-been-to-bookshops.

Meet Sarah and her Book Barge sailing across the sea to France; meet Sebastien, in Mongolia, who sells books to herders of the Altai mountains; meet the bookshop in Canada that's invented the world's first antiquarian book vending machine.

And that's just the beginning.

From the oldest bookshop in the world, to the smallest you could imagine, The Bookshop Book examines the history of books, talks to authors about their favourite places, and looks at over three hundred weirdly wonderful bookshops across six continents (sadly, we've yet to build a bookshop down in the South Pole).

The Bookshop Book is a love letter to bookshops all around the world.


"A good bookshop is not just about selling books from shelves, but reaching out into the world and making a difference."

David Almond
(The Bookshop Book includes interviews and quotes from David Almond, Ian Rankin, Tracy Chevalier, Audrey Niffenegger, Jacqueline Wilson, Jeanette Winterson and many, many others.)

Publisher: London : Constable, 2014.
ISBN: 9781472116666
Branch Call Number: 381.45 CAMPBELL
Characteristics: xiv, 273 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Samuels Lasner, Mark 1952-- Donor


From Library Staff

Read a book by an author with a disability... Ok, I'm cheating on this one (Jen Campbell has a disfigurement, not a disability) but she often speaks out against ableism and includes disabled characters in her books, so I'm counting her. Watch her Youtube channel - she's lovely!!

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Oct 23, 2018

A nice little book full of charming stories and fun little facts about book stores all around the world. It took me a long time to read it because I kept stopping to Google all the interesting shops.

Jan 26, 2018

A book for book lovers and bookshop lovers.


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