637 – 2nd Hand Bookshops

I know I wrote about Waterstones on Saturday, but I am going to write about bookshops again. Today we were in Bognor Regis. When I visit this town, I like if I have a chance to pay a visit to Heygates Bookshop, which is located in the railway station.

Visits to 2nd hand bookshops differ from the chain retail shops. You never know what you are going to find, and that is very much part of the fun of it.

The book keeper has a pretty good Science Fiction section, so I had a good browse of that and picked up books by Larry Niven and Gordon R. Dickson, two authors that I always enjoy reading. I even got the owner involved in the search for the lost book. I have written about the lost book in the past, perhaps I should do a post with that title. You never know, someone might pick it up and know it.

The non-fiction section is very well organised, with a good selection across a wide range of topics, although the philosophy section could do with boosting. I picked up a copy of Von Danikens Chariots of the Gods. I haven’t read that since the 70’s. I also picked up a book which is about Train spotters, well really a biography of a train spotter. Sometimes you pick up a book not expecting much, but I’d only read a few paragraphs when it became clear that I liked the authors’ style so It has become another book that I have already started – including the art book that I bought at Petworth yesterday.

I spent a very pleasant 40 or so minutes there and spent £14 on books. Given that I am also reading the diary of a bookseller (which is surprisingly a very entertaining read), I am very glad that I have contributed to his wellbeing. Who would know that the life of a 2nd hand bookshop owner is so varied and complex.

The header picture, as is often the case, has absolutely no connection to the topic of the day.

Published by Bill

I just want to write, but I prefer to stay away from controversial topics like politics. I am happy to confess that at the moment, I am writing for me. If you enjoy my writings, and I hope you do then that is all the better.

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