Visiting a town of bookstores as a group could be a frustrating experience especially if one person, me, wanted to stay longer in a particular store than the others, meaning the rest of my family. To avoid irritation, I gave everyone a list of different books to search for and we went our separate ways. To close my Hay-on-Wye mini-series (here are the links to Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3), here’s a snapshot of some of the bookstores we dashed into:
My Favorite Bookseller Quote at Addyman Books – Looking through their orange wall of paperback Penguins, I overheard the bookseller complaining about the bakery charging £3 for a bun (meaning a roll in American) that was advertised as ‘baked with love.’ She said “would you pay more for a book if I posted signs saying ‘shelved with love?’” At which point her partner indicated a group of books and said to the customers in the store ”watch out for that bit over there, it was shelved in anger.” We all busted up laughing. By the way, the store has an excellent selection of sport books (cricket, football, rugby, and equestrian, not the usual USA fare) and the arts (pictorial, film, TV, radio, classical music).
Favorite Bookstore Location – Passageway Books is exactly that, an alley way between two buildings with a locking gate on each end and bookshelves lining both sides of the little snickelway. The outside walls of the two buildings are the ‘inside’ walls of this little store. There is barely enough room for two people to pass each other. The bookseller stands outside chatting all Read the rest of this entry »