I'm currently sitting in a restaurant with my wife and a friend awaiting our meals after spending a few hours visiting book stores in the City's north.
Not a great start though. As I arrived I could see a green "Auction" sign covered in "Sold" above the overhanging shop eave clearly indicating the two storey book store's fate weeks prior. And a "Closing Down Sale" sign on the shop-front window had been brazenly daubed in graffiti.
I snapped a few photos today for posterity, and through the window I even noticed a sign above a doorway guiding people to rooms of books now absent.
Fortunately a second Sainsbury's Books store still exists in Camberwell but it was sad to see another second-hand book store closed.
The second store I visited was Alice's Bookshop. I was glad to see this store still open. As always it was well organised and the staff friendly. I searched the Crime section and while doing so the girl behind the counter checked the books on the front table and computer inventory without luck.
I did manage to find a copy of Charlie Higson's "Blood Fever" with an embossed cover I'm not 100% sure I have.
As soon as I entered The Red Wheelbarrow the guy behind the desk, Paul, stopped his conversation with two other people to ask if I needed a hand. There were many Bond paperbacks on the shelf and I just wanted to make sure it was Ok to take some snaps of them and the store. He asked why and when I told him it was for this blog he said "No probs".
This is a really neat little store with a wide variety of books. Paul also directed me to the art gallery at the back of the store. I've never seen a gallery in a second-hand book store before.
No new books for my collection today however I did discover a book store I never even knew existed.
And now for some more photos I snapped today:
The Red Wheelbarrow book store is just a few hundred metres from the discontinued Inner Circle Railway line. Above are remnants of an old railway crossing. The land reserve has been converted to a shared walking/bike path.
Graffiti on the side of an apartment block on the other side of the road.
A view of Kay Craddock's Antiquarian Bookseller store in the City while waiting to pick up the girls from the theatre. Unfortunately I didn't make it in time to pay it a visit.