Best bookshops

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12 of the UK’s best independent bookshops, chosen by readers
From old tales to new thinking, gardening to science fiction, our tipsters find literary nourishment – and cake, too – at these indie booksellers

Guardian readers

22, Apr, 2021 @10:00 AM

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How indie bookshops are fighting back
Independent bookshops are thriving because they understand readers’ tastes better than an Amazon algorithm

Damian Barr

16, Jun, 2019 @7:30 AM

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10 independent bookshops you should visit worldwide: our readers recommend
From a bohemian Parisian temple of reading to a bookshop with hidden animals: to mark Independent Bookshop Week, here are 10 of the best around the world – compiled with the help of our readers

Marta Bausells

19, Jun, 2015 @11:38 AM

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Which books make you laugh? - Open thread

This year's Wodehouse prize for comic fiction has been awarded to Howard Jacobson - again. But what makes you laugh?

Hannah Freeman

15, May, 2013 @11:24 AM

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The Albion Beatnik bookshop: a viral success worth catching

A high-street indie drawing 81,000 web visits in a day might seem surprising – but there are many reasons why it should

Dan Holloway

13, May, 2013 @12:47 PM

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The curse of the forgotten authors

Open thread: Which neglected authors do you think are ripe for rediscovery

Sarah Power

19, Apr, 2013 @12:15 PM

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What's the best undiscovered book you've read?

Open thread: What is the best and most obscure book you have read? We want your recommendations

Hannah Freeman

20, Mar, 2013 @8:30 AM

Writers' gifts: Stuart Neville gives American Tabloid to JFK

Crime writer Stuart Neville continues our series of writers recalling the best books they've been given, and the ones they'd like to give

Guardian.co.uk

05, Mar, 2013 @3:22 PM

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What are the best books for Valentine's Day?

When it comes to romantic reading, are you a Rock Star or a Librarian?

13, Feb, 2013 @10:43 AM

Writers' gifts: Sadakat Kadri gives The Trial to Franz Kafka

In the latest in our podcast series on the books writers would give to other writers, barrister Sadakat Kadri tells us how Foyles is his favourite bookshop and The Hudood Ordinances: A Divine Sanction? displaced Comet in Moominland as the best book he has ever been given. He also explains why he would love the chance to give Kafka a copy of his own unfinished novel

Iain Chambers

05, Feb, 2013 @8:00 AM

Writers' gifts: Jonathan Steele gives The Glorious Art of Peace to world leaders

In the latest in our podcast series on the books writers would give to other writers, Jonathan Steele visits his favourite bookshop, Housmans, and tells us why Sarah Bakewell's How To Live was the best book he was ever given, and why John Gittings' The Glorious Art of Peace would illuminate world leaders' outlooks

Iain Chambers

29, Jan, 2013 @11:42 AM

Literary London: Jenny Valentine's guide to children's stories - video

Video: Guardian children's fiction prize-winner Jenny Valentine introduces Daunt Books on Marylebone High Street, and considers why the city has been the source and location for so much great children's literature

Lindsay Poulton, Felix Clay, Graham Hadfield and Michael Tait

22, Jan, 2013 @10:57 AM

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