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British Bookstore Envy

June 13, 2009

Dad sent me “Bookshop Backwaters,” by Harry Eyres, a piece that appeared a few weeks ago in the Financial Times.
It reads like a glorious, cozy stroll through London’s bookstores, as well as some stateside bookseller icons, like Powell’s, in Portland. As someone who is ecstatic to browse British chain bookstores like Waterstone’s and Daunt’s, I am almost seething with yearning for the vanished stores Eyres laments. I’ve never been to Compendium, a now-closed bookshop devoted to poetry.
That’s British poetry!
I love local bookstores’ collections of authors I don’t know. Poets, especially, as their fame is often more contained to a smaller area. I’d like to have seen the Dickensian Foyle’s bookstore Eyres describes, and will definitely have to plan a trip to the cafe-bookstore-cultural center it’s become.

Oh, for a plane ticket!

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