Every bookshop has a story.
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 railway stations.
From the oldest bookshop in the world, to the smallest you could imagine, The Bookshop Book explores the history of books, talks to authors about their favourite places, and looks at more than three hundred weirdly wonderful bookshops across six continents. (Sadly, we’ve yet to build a bookshop down in the South Pole).
This book is a love letter to bookshops all around the world.
I enjoyed reading this book. I feel like I was bitten by the travel bug and want to travel even more and spend all my time bookshop hopping.
I loved hearing about the history of different bookstores and the way they had come about. I also enjoyed reading the chats with authors and readers, for me it’s what made the book for me, it was so cool to hear about everyone’s favourite bookshops as well as what everyone’s bookshop would be like if they were to open one.
If I was to open a bookstore it would have to stock new and second-hand books (picking one over the other is impossible) and it would probably stock a lot of fantasy and books about myths and legends. But it would also have books about practically everything else, and most definitely have bookshop cats, a huge children’s section and tea.
My only wish about this book is that it had been longer so it could have gone into more depth about some of the bookshops that were only briefly mentioned and had more pictures of bookshops because I love pictures. However, I recognise that this book would have taken a long time to research and that sometimes it’s not possible to fit everything in.
Overall all I really enjoyed it and would recommend.
I give The Bookshop Book four out of five stars.