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Thursday, October 13, 2005

Perfectly Piccadilly

Tiny Books Etc outlets are mushrooming all over London, which is well and good if you long for a 3-for-2 offer on Richard & Judy's Bookclub, but less exciting if you want any backlist title, even by popular, contemporary authors. As a rule, only Paolo Coelho seems to get more than two inches of shelf-space (and this is all I will say on the matter of Coelho. I hope you appreciate my restraint).

So if it's a bookshop of the old-school calibre you are after, head to Hatchard's on Piccadilly Street. Here, the dust-to-books ratio is pleasingly high and, thankfully, no elevator muzak soundtracks your browsing. Even better - you are sure to find lovely Persephone titles and a copy of The Diary of A Provincial Lady in their broad selection.

For a perfect Miss Marple day, pop into the Richoux, also on Piccadilly Street, on your way home. It’s a brocade-clad tearoom where you can nibble scones in the company of ancient, Mittel-European ladies and Knightbridge housewives. The Provincial Lady would approve. Just don’t go on a weekend, when there is a minimum £10 charge per person. (Did you evah? Well, I nevah!)

Other cool London Book Shops:
Magma for graphic design
Foyles for international literature
Standford's for maps and travel literature


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