Review: The Bookshop Book (Jen Campbell)

Genre: Memoir

Rating: ★★★★★


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 three 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.

Every bookshop has a story.

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.



I truly enjoyed this wonderful compilation of bookstores around the world. Reading this while living in London was such a unique experience because not only did I discover so MANY great bookstores, but I get to bring home a lot of memories (and books!) with me.

Each bookstore is a unique portal into a different part of literature and this book will increase your love for books, and maybe be the push you need to get you out of your comfort zone and visit all of the amazing bookstores mentioned in this book!

Give this a try and you’ll be amazed at the effort booklovers everywhere put into reducing illiteracy and spreading the love of books!


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