During a visit to Northumberland, I had to spend some (quite a lot of) time at Barter Books in Alnwick. Billed as one of the largest second hand bookshops in Europe, the leaflet includes a plan to navigate the huge space. Besides the hundreds of thousands of books of every conceivable genre, including antiquarian, there are comfortable seating and eating areas with real fires for cooler days and a dedicated children’s room. A book lovers’ paradise, housed in what used to be Alnwick’s grand railway station.
A model railway running along the top of the large book columns in the central space gives a nod to the Victorian building’s previous incarnation.
As the name suggests, the bookshop runs on a swap system whereby books may be returned for credits which can be then be used towards the purchase of other books.
I didn’t take as many pictures as I could have, being otherwise engaged 😉 but these titles were added to my ever growing, scary to be read list.
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