Cambridge bookshops

I know our holiday was a month ago, I have been meaning to post about this and kept forgetting/waiting for my photos to be developed.

One of the many nice things about Cambridge is its abundance of bookshops. In these times of bookshops, both independent and chain varieties, closing left, right and centre, it’s good to know they’re flourishing somewhere.

The Haunted Bookshop

The Angel Bookshop

Cambridge University Press

G David Bookseller

I particularly liked Heffers bookshop, which is owned by Blackwells and reminded me a lot of their very excellent Oxford branch. Sadly my photo of that storefront came out particularly badly.

Of course, we couldn’t resist buying something in each of several of these lovely lovely shops. I really must stop buying books for a long while now! Here are just some of our purchases. See if you can guess which are for me and which for Tim, though I should warn you that to be crafty some were for both of us. It’s good to share.

Holiday books

(Why yes, that is a first-edition Daphne there. In the classic yellow Gollancz jacket. That will have pride of place on my bookshelves, when I can get to them again.)

5 thoughts on “Cambridge bookshops

  1. Lloyd Jones October 4, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Interesting selection, Kate.
    Havent seen the Julian Barnes one before. Is it a memoir?

    By the way I wanted to thank you for an idea you gave me about a fancy dress idea. You mentioned on a previous post that your sister (I think it was?) dressed as “British Summertime” at a fancy dress competition. Well, Heather and I were inspired by/copied! this idea at Shambala festival this year. We didnt win any prizes but had a great time!!

  2. Nose in a book October 4, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Lloyd Glad to be of help! The Barnes is an essay collection about death. I am intrigued but prepared to be depressed!

  3. Lloyd Jones October 5, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Ah. OK. Having read “The Sense of an Ending” I can imagine he would turn to death, mortality as a subject!
    Looking forward to the review on that one. 🙂

  4. Susan October 7, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    I’m impressed with the picks of Worst Journey in the World and The Antarctic. Are those Tim’s picks or yours? I went through a whole explorer phase years ago where I had to read all those survival ones to the South Pole, wow good!

  5. Nose in a book October 7, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Susan They’re actually two of the three joint picks up there. We went to the Scott Polar Research Museum while in Cambridge. It’s amazing and made me cry.

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