The so-called Book Towns of the world are dedicated havens of literature, and the ultimate dream of book lovers everywhere. Book Towns takes readers on a richly illustrated tour of the 40 semi-officially recognized literary towns around the world and outlines the history and development of each community, and offers practical travel advice. Many Book Towns have emerged in areas of marked attraction, such as Urea in Spain or Fjaerland in Norway, where bookshops have been set up in buildings including former ferry waiting rooms and banks. While the UK has the best-known examples at Hay, Wigtown and Sedbergh, the book has a broad international appeal, featuring locations such as Jimbochu in Japan, College Street in Calcutta, and major unofficial book cities such as Buenos Aires....
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Book Towns: Forty Five Paradises of the Printed Word Reviews
Absolutely loved this book. I was concerned that the towns suggested would only be in one continent but they aren't. Although looks like France has most book towns!
Lovely addition to the library if you're a book lover and traveler. I'll definitely try and visit this book towns - I wish I knew a few of them - Swede and Norwegian ones- as I recently wandered quite near by but didn't have a clue they were there!
Highly recommended. Also photos are amazing.
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I now have 45 locations to visit added to my bucket list! There are a couple very small features I would change about the book, if I could do so. First, instead of featuring a quote about the location next to the write-up from that very same section, I think a small map of the book town’s location would be more beneficial. I also wish that the table of contents listed the name of the country with the city name to make referencing the passage easier at a later date. Each book town sounds like a w ...more
(Note: I received a free advanced electronic copy of this work courtesy of NetGalley)
This is perfect for any bibliophile who likes to go abroad. With its gorgeous photos and succinct yet informative descriptions, this work exposes book-lovers to a wonderfully varied collection of miniature paradises and gives them more than ample motivation to hatch new plans for travel.
This is a charming book for any book lover or lover of secondhand book shops. It covers book towns all over the world, not just English speaking countries and whilst I might not want to buy many books in some of the languages, the descriptions and photographs make me want to visit anyway. There is a description of each book town, with some of their highlights, some comments by their personalities, and every book town seems to have those, and lots of wonderful photos of second hand book shops. Th ...more
A coffee table book that I particularly enjoyed due to the topic. Some pictures are really good and one of my dream is to visit them all.
Un libro da tavolino che mi é piaciuto particolarmente per via dell'argomento che tratta. Alcune immagini sono veramente belle e uno dei miei sogni nel cassetto consiste nel visitare tutti questi posti.
THANKS NETGALLEY FOR THE PREVIEW!
This book details the history of book towns. Informative, with gorgeous photography....makes the reader long to seek out each and every bookish destination.
Very much what it says it is, this is a pictorial guide to book towns – those places, inspired by the success of Hay-on-Wye, that have regenerated their buildings and economies by having an emphasis on books, book festivals and suchlike. Highly illustrated, with travel tips, buying guides and potted histories over four pages (only three entries get six), the contents tie in with the members of an International Organisation of Book Towns, but apart from a specialist looking into them all, I can't ...more