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Where to Buy Books: Barter Books, Alnwick

Alongside my series featuring quirky and wonderful places to read, I want to share some of the best places to find books to take on your adventures. So where better to start than one of Britain’s largest secondhand bookshops, housed in a former railway station? Last year, I went on holiday to the beautiful Northumbrian coast and discovered that, to pretty much everyone I know, a visit to the medieval market town of Alnwick is synonymous with visiting Barter Books (as at least 10 people told me in hallowed tones).  Continue reading “Where to Buy Books: Barter Books, Alnwick”

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Library Loot: March 23 to 29th

Following my previous post about loving your local library, it seems appropriate to join my voice to Library Loot, a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library.

After two weeks of reading short stories and murder mysteries, and anticipating my forthcoming four day weekend* I went to the library and brought home the following treasures.  Continue reading “Library Loot: March 23 to 29th”

Places to Read: Love Your Library

The most obvious place to read is where the books are: your local library. For most of us, this was where we started on our book loving journey, because it’s fair to say that libraries are the UK’s most accessible ways into culture. There’s no entrance fee (so long as you remember to return your books on time), there’s one in every medium to large size community (and alternative provision in rural areas,though not very useful if you’re at work all day), and alongside the books, films and music, there’s always something on. Continue reading “Places to Read: Love Your Library”

Places to Read: Gatehouse Coffee, Walmgate Bar

This week’s Place To Read features several of my favourite things: quirky buildings, sensitive reuse of heritage, good coffee and award-winning civil engineering. So how do you protect a Grade 1 listed Elizabethan timber building from accidental damage from the buses, lorries and other vehicles which pass beneath it every day? And how do you keep Gatehouse Coffee open during renovation work when some of the key pieces of timber supporting it have almost rotted through?  Continue reading “Places to Read: Gatehouse Coffee, Walmgate Bar”

Places to Read: Perky Peacock, York

Set in Lendal Tower, once part of York’s city wall defences where a large chain would be used to block the River Ouse to possible invaders in time of need, the Perky Peacock is an unusual place for many reasons and one of my favourite places to read. Continue reading “Places to Read: Perky Peacock, York”

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