secondhand books

Book Mooching In London

It’s my all-time favourite pastime, ingrained in me since I was about 5 years old. Book mooching involves wandering the London streets looking for secondhand bookshops, chatting to the people who sell books and spending too much money on them. My childhood bedroom was filled with books salvaged from dustbins and borrowed from friends, books […]

Books V Coffee

My barrista is at pains to point out that I can have my coffee styled 127 different ways, so why is it that we rarely discuss how we like our books? Do you prefer yours clear and straightforward, or decorative and densely descriptive? Do you like both? Do you even have time to read now? […]

Books With A Lot In Them

My mother had a habit of using dried fishbones as bookmarks when she was desperate. Readers leave all sorts of things inside their books, not just inscriptions. Now ‘The Secret History of Second-Hand Books: an Exhibition’ is running at Foyles Bookshop on Charing Cross Road until Thursday 13 December. Some of the things found inside the […]