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The Bookshop Book by Jen Campbell

The Bookshop Book

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Surprising and odd bookshops, bookshops in places you’d never think to look like canal boats and disused factories. Meet the people dedicated to bringing books to people even if that means Mongolia or the wilds of Canada. The author calls her book, a love letter to bookshops around the world, a celebration of the book.

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Entering a really good bookshop is like venturing into an Aladdin’s cave of literary possibility, with exciting discoveries around every corner; and to her great credit, Jen Campbell, whose Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops made such an impact, has created just such a buzz with her magical foray into the land of books. Delightfully eclectic and warmly inviting, Campbell’s personal voyage into the world of bookselling is exhilarating. Delving into over two hundred bookshops in Britain, Europe and around the world, Campbell’s discoveries include the likes of the British couple who run a book barge, and a man in Mongolia who brings books to mountain herders, the parameters for booklovers truly knowing few boundaries. Add seasoned thoughts of well-known authors, and some quirky book facts, and you have the perfect present for bibliophiles everywhere.
~ Amanda Hodges


The Bookshop Book by Jen Campbell

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 two 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.


...a perfect present for any booklover of your acquaintance -- Harriet Devine wonderfully illustrates the love of books that sellers and buyers across the world can have * Image Magazine *

About the Author

Jen Campbell

Jen Campbell grew up in the North East of England, and graduated from Edinburgh University with an MA in English Literature. She's a published poet and short story writer. She lives in North London where she works at Ripping Yarns bookshop.

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2nd October 2014


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288 pages


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