Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Barter bookstore Alnwick

This is worth a trip "south o' the Border". Its the largest bookstore in the North I think and has a huge range of first editions ranging up to the hundreds of pounds. The sort of place with a roaring fire to spend a whole day browsing and reading. Nice tea shop too, so one does not need to leave at all. The sort of shop Dickens would have appreciated, set in an old railway station. Take a child as there is a O gauge railway running along the tops of the book shelves which gives a nice feel to the place, although the noise made me think it was raining. Maybe this is deliberate to keep you indoors. They have a big range of paperbacks and hardbacks but they are pricey. I am an avid buyer and reader and didn't buy anything as everything I picked up was more than I expected. Still a great visit. Has a lot of lovely old childrens books, perhaps their best collection. But they cover a wide brief, very good on the North and Scotland history as well.
Link to their website