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The Bookshop Of My Dreams [Dec. 11th, 2017|10:06 am]
Tony Grist
I often dream about bookshops. They're always rambling old places- clearly modelled on Hall's Bookshop in Tunbridge Wells which I used to visit on Saturday mornings in my teens. The whole family would drive into town, my sister would be taken off to have clothes bought for her at one of the big department stores on the hill and I'd go downhill to Hall's and browse through the shelves for however long I had. Last time I checked the shop was still there, still looking as though it has changed nothing but its stock since Jane Austen's day. Hall's has two floors but the shops in my dreams have an indefinite number and if I haven't found what I want I just head for the next flight of uncarpeted wooden stairs. Mind you, in dreams I never do find what I'm looking for and the thrill is entirely in the browsing not the purchase. In real life I bought lots of splendid things- some of which I still have.

The photograph was taken a few years back.


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[User Picture]From: heleninwales
2017-12-11 02:03 pm (UTC)
Have you ever been to Hay on Wye? There's a bookshop there in an old cinema that really does seem to go on forever. All second hand, of course.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-12-11 02:33 pm (UTC)
It's a few years ago now but, yes, I've been Hay. We came home with a lot of books.
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2017-12-11 02:46 pm (UTC)
I believe I may have ordered books from there via ABEbooks.com .
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2017-12-11 03:12 pm (UTC)
One of my favourite things to do since I could read was browsing both libraries and book shops. With so few book shops left, it has become a real treat to do so. This one looks like a wonderful place.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-12-11 03:55 pm (UTC)
I just did some research on-line. Hall's has operated as a bookshop- with an apolstolic succession of proprietors- since 1898- and is still going strong.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2017-12-11 03:56 pm (UTC)
That is wonderful!
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[User Picture]From: huskyteer
2017-12-11 06:29 pm (UTC)
I have similar dreams, but usually about markets (or car boot sales). And I usually do find treasures, only to wake up disappointed.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-12-11 07:19 pm (UTC)
I also visit toy shops. Sometimes the shops sell books AND toys.
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[User Picture]From: huskyteer
2017-12-12 07:40 am (UTC)
Oh, now that would be lovely!
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