Bookcase and Bookends Carlisle are two places I've long wanted to visit, but not yet managed to get to, so when a Twitter friend offered to write about one of them I was over the moon. And am now more keen than ever to finally make the trip to Carlisle.
17-19 Castle Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8SY
Tel: 01228 544560
Published: 9th June, 2016
Bookcase sits nestled on Castle Street in Carlisle in the city's cultural quarter it's sort of equidistant opposite the cathedral and Tullie House museum (my second favourite place in Carlisle that's not a pub). I should be clear that is not just a book shop, it has an amazing classical record/CD section which is I understand is second to none.
Nowadays I don't get there quite as much as I used to, but each time I do it's like being greeted by an old friend.
I defy anyone not to look up at the wonderful plasterwork in the ceiling and not think it's the height of bookshop grandeur. Below in the basement lies a rabbit warren lined with many thousands more books.
Since I was last in town Bookcase's sister shop, Bookends has also moved into the same building so you now have on one side of the door a bright new bookshop for bright new books. I had a look and it has all the you might expect and more.
But Bookcase is where my heart lies. It has incredibly precise sections and it really wouldn’t surprise me if Steve Matthews and his staff don’t know where each and every book can be located.
As bookshops go, it can’t get any better can it? Well it can. They now have a café inside called ‘cakes and ale’. What more could you want?
I'm so grateful for this introduction to such a lovely bookshop, thank you for taking part. For those of you who – like me – aren't so lucky as to live within easy access of the north, this reviewer's also visited a bookshop in south Wales.