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Re: Bookstores in London
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1263  Wednesday, 14 July 1999.

[1]     From:   A. D. Murphy <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 13 Jul 1999 16:14:24 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.1252 Bookstores in London & Paris

[2]     From:   Stuart Manger <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 13 Jul 1999 16:23:05 +0100
        Subj:   SHK 10.1252 Bookstores in London & Paris

[3]     From:   Tom Dale Keever <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 13 Jul 1999 12:36:02 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   London bookshops


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From:           A. D. Murphy <
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Date:           Tuesday, 13 Jul 1999 16:14:24 +0100
Subject: 10.1252 Bookstores in London & Paris
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1252 Bookstores in London & Paris

Sean --

As other people will doubtless confirm, one of the best bits of London
for books old & new is stretch of Charing Cross Rd. between Oxford St. &
Leicester Sq.-get off at Tottenham Court Rd. tube station & work your
way down. For new books, you've got Folye's, Blackwell's & Waterstone's,
plus about a half dozen up and down market secondhand places. There's
also a feminist bookshop and a bookshop specialising in murder/detective
fiction. If you carry on a little farther from Leicester Square, there's
a side street with a handful of more specialist antiquarian outlets. A
bit farther still and you'll hit the National Portrait Gallery shop,
which carries quite an interesting selection of stuff.

There are a few quite decent pubs to be had in the area too!

Cheers,
Andrew

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Date:           Tuesday, 13 Jul 1999 16:23:05 +0100
Subject: Bookstores in London & Paris
Comment:        SHK 10.1252 Bookstores in London & Paris

Zwemmers, Charing Cross Road - off east end of Oxford Street. Charing
Cross Road is supposedly the magnet for second-hand books.

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From:           Tom Dale Keever <
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Date:           Tuesday, 13 Jul 1999 12:36:02 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        London bookshops

The best theatre oriented bookstore in London is:

Offstage, 37 Chalk Farm Road, Camden, hours: M 10-6:30, T-S 10-5:30, Sun
11-6

The bookstore at the National Theatre on the South Bank is almost as
well stocked.  The RSC's shop at the Barbican has some good things, but
not nearly the selection at the National's.

For second hand books, with a generous selection of plays and scholarly
work you must go to:

Skoob Books, 15 Sicilian Ave, Holburn Stop, 404-3063

Charing Cross Road, in the West End near the theatre district, has a row
of good used book shops in which I have found many an obscure play and
theatre history volume. The same street also houses excellent retail
shops, including the legendary Foyles.

There are a cluster of used book stores that specialize in scholarly
items in the small lanes just south of the British Museum in
Bloomsbury.  It is well worth a stroll through the neighborhood.  Most
of them have a leaflet at the front desk listing the stores in the area.

Other good second hand shops include:

Walden Books, 38 Harmond St., off Chalk Farm in Camden Town, Open
Thurs-Sun, Used books, reasonable prices.  Near Offstage.

Unsworth, Rice & Coe, 12 Bloomsbury Street, WC1B 3QB, 071-436-9836,
M-Sat 10-7, Sun 12-6   Used and remaindered, scholarly.  The largest in
the Bloomsbury cluster.

Vermillion, 57 Red Lion, Holburn Stop.  Near Skoob. Review copies,
pricey. 242-5822

Other stores I frequent when I am in London include:

Compendium, Camden High Street, near Camden Lock.  Very hip, Current Lit
and Politics

Bookmarks, in Bloomsbury, across from Unsworth.  Leftist political

Notting Hill, 132 Palace Gardens Terrace, Notting Hill Gate tube stop,
727-5988

Scholabooks, 7 Harrington Road, S. Kensington, French literature

Central Books, 14 Leathermarket

37 Gray's Inn Rd, WC1, 242-6166, Chancery Lane tube stop, Central Line

Happy shopping!

Tom Dale Keever
Graduate Fellow - Columbia University

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