A couple of weeks ago I travelled to three second hand bookshops, on the continual hunt for more James Bond books to add to my collection.
First was Roycroft Antiquarian Booksellers in Kew. I hadn't stepped into this store since late last year. And it was great to see plenty of Bonds on the shelves, but unfortunately there were none for me today.
Next my wife and I travelled to Bradstreet's Books in Hawthorn. I remember speaking to the woman behind the counter last year and she explained they would be closing due to the building being re-developed. I didn't realise it would be so soon. Sadly it is no more.
Finally, I visited Sinbad Books in Carnegie. I've been visiting this store for years but never really spoken to the owner, Rashad, until today.
I asked him about the usual pile of Bond paperbacks near the front counter. All sold. And looking around the store I could see there was something going on. The stock in the store was dramatically reduced and several bookshelves were gone. Rashad explained that after 20 years it was time to shut the doors for good; a sign of the times in the book trade.
So while this store exists today, with plenty of books on sale, unfortunately it won't be for much longer.
I wished Rashad good luck in his future endeavours, and after mentioning PizGloria.com I gave him a card for my site which he said he was looking forward to visiting. And with a sad heart I grabbed a couple more photos, including this one of Rashad, before leaving Sinbad Books for the last time.