There are so many wonderful bookshops around the country that I'm yet to make a pilgrimage to Hay-On-Wye, which means I'm particularly grateful to Twitter friend Clare for volunteering to share her experience in one of the town's bookshops.
Richard Booth's Bookshop
44 Lion Street, Hay-On-Wye, Powys, HR3 5AA, Wales
Tel: 01497 820322 @BoothsBookshop
Published: 16th October, 2016
In September while on holiday with my boyfriend I finally made it to Hay-On-Wye, wearing a dress with book pattern on it of course.
This town is bookshop heaven, they are everywhere, including tiny ones in what appears to be someone's back garden, all with treasures of their own, a favourite was Rose's Books on Belmont Road, stocking children's and illustrated books, all beautiful and some very rare ones.
Then we came across Richard Booth's Bookshop on Lion Street, which stocks second hand and new books together... and it is heaven inside.
This feels very much like a Victorian/Edwardian bookshop would, or maybe even Harry Potter: I did expect Hermione Granger to appear from around a corner her arms filled with books. There are three floors, on the third floor you find what could be miles and miles of book shelves, and comfy seats in which hours and hours of very happy book reading time could be spent.
I loved the mix of second hand next to new books, you never knew what you would come across next. My purchase from here was How green was my valley by Richard Llewellyn, a book I've been meaning to read for a very long time.
Richard Booth's is heaven for anyone who loves bookshops, books and exploring. I also loved the wooden signs held by gold chains telling you what type of books a section sold, I would very highly recommend a visit, I need to go back as I have much more to explore and many more books to buy....
Incidentally I must mention Addyman Books, which is also on Lion Street (and across the road from a bookshop called Murder and Mayhem). It is heaven for anyone like me who collects vintage classic Penguin books, they really have a wonderful selection.
So really just visit Hay, and all the bookshops but definitely Richard Booth's on Lion Street...
Thank you so much to Clare for taking part in Your Bookshops and reminding us all why we want to this Powys book town.