Title: The Bookshop Book
Author: Jen Campbell
Publisher: Little Brown Book Group UK, Constable
Date of Publication: 16 October 2014
Number of Pages: 288
Rating: 3 stars
Disclaimer: Copy provided free by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Summary: 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.
Review: It is difficult to review a book that reads like a shopping list of places I want to go. The passion for books is clear in Campbell’s writing and the passion was enhanced by the inclusion of interviews and first hand accounts from other writers and bookshop owners. The segments are nice and short so you’re not overwhelmed with information though there are some parts that suffer from being so short. I also felt there was a change in tone once the bookshops were situated outside of the UK. Towards the end of the book, the descriptions of the bookshops read exactly like that, descriptions. The last 10% was very dry. Admittedly, someone from the later included countries might feel the same about the UK section. EDIT: I forgot to mention that Campbell includes two, TWO, Australian bookshops. How, out of a country the size of Australia, did she only find two?
Overall, a good short read but not one that will leave you wanting more. I feel bad ending on a negative but this is the kind of read you pick up when you need a break from the rest of your TBR list.