This Is What A Bookshop Should Look Like
People always go on about London’s admittedly wonderful Daunt Books (which I visit a lot) but their frankly perverse cataloguing system prevents easy location of their stock, and the middle-class clientele who haunt the enquiry desk with oblique questions about Vita Sackville-West and the like do sometimes give me inexplicable shudders of horror.
Recently I went to Sotherans in Piccadilly for the launch of ‘OxCrimes’, an anthology to raise money for the charity Oxfam, featuring twenty seven stories of crime and mystery by a roll-call of terrific authors. This hefty tome retails at £9.99 from Oxfam and all good bookstores, (and before I get grief from anyone saying that Oxfam detracts from independent bookshops, I think raising money for children through Oxfam via books that anyone can sell is a pretty good idea.)
Sotherans is the longest established antiquarian booksellers in the world – it opened in York in 1761 – since then it has been offering opportunities to collectors and enthusiasts, including the purchase of the libraries of Laurence Sterne in 1768 and Charles Dickens in 1870. It’s also ineffably cool inside. Here are the details for the launch, courtesy of The List.