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please, advice 'second-hand' books shop in London

Postby Natalya » Tue Jul 24, 2012 11:01 am

Hi, all. :)
My daughter is going to UK soon (for learning English; student visa). She asked me 'Mum, what kind of souvenir you want from London?'
And I would to oder ... some TP books in English! :idea:
Because English books are too expensive in Russian internet-shops.
And delivery is very expensive from Amazon. And I very want to get some TP's books...

Could you please give me advice (for my daughter) about good 'second-hand' books shop in London?
It must be easy for found and not expensive. And it must to sell TP books, of course! 8-)
Best regards! :)
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Re: please, advice 'second-hand' books shop in London

Postby pip » Tue Jul 24, 2012 11:25 am

The two i've been in which were great are as follows - Its in Chelsea and really nice

and its called Blackgull books and is very cheap and its near Camden .
Also pretty much every shop around Charing Cross road which seems to be a street that specialises in books shops :D
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Re: please, advice 'second-hand' books shop in London

Postby Tonyblack » Tue Jul 24, 2012 12:08 pm

Oh yes, and Camden Market is a great place to look around anyway. :D

But if she is going to be in London for a while, she could order second hand books from Amazon and those online places as she won't have much to pay in postage.

Charity shops are great places to pick up book bargains, but you never know what they'll have and sometimes it's rare to find Pratchetts. people seem to keep them for some reason. ;)
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Re: please, advice 'second-hand' books shop in London

Postby Who's Wee Dug » Tue Jul 24, 2012 12:12 pm

If she goes into charity shops ie like those below where there are books etc donated and sold off cheap £1 to £3
just look out for them on any street and look for the book section inside.
British Heart Foundation
British Red Cross
Cancer Research UK
Salvation Army
Trinity Hospice
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Re: please, advice 'second-hand' books shop in London

Postby Natalya » Tue Jul 24, 2012 1:21 pm

Thank you for your advices very much! :)
She is going to Bournemouth, but she is planning excursions to London and other town. She have been in London last summer , that's why I think she'll be able to found about one hour for buy presents to me :)
As for charity shops. Honestly I don't know what is this! There are no such shops in Russia. But If it's rare to find Pratchetts I think I won't recommend it for she.
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Re: please, advice 'second-hand' books shop in London

Postby Tonyblack » Tue Jul 24, 2012 1:51 pm

A charity shop is a place where people donate their old clothes, books, DVDs etc. They are sold in the shop and money made is given to good causes. There are about 20 of them near to where I live and it's great fun seeing what they have. A great way to find bargains. :D
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Re: please, advice 'second-hand' books shop in London

Postby wicked woman » Tue Jul 24, 2012 3:47 pm

Charity shops are the best fun! Bound to be some in Bournmouth, tell her to look out for them. Dugs list is a good one, also Air Ambulance and the local hospice.
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Re: please, advice 'second-hand' books shop in London

Postby Tonyblack » Tue Jul 24, 2012 3:51 pm

And RSPCA, PDSA, Age Concern, Marie Curie, Kidney Research etc. :D
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Re: please, advice 'second-hand' books shop in London

Postby The Mad Collector » Tue Jul 24, 2012 3:56 pm

She is probably better off searching around Bournemouth, it's in Dorset and that's not a very big county so the following is a list of some of the second hand book shops in Dorset with comment by people who have vistted them.

Books Afloat
66 Park Street
WEYMOUTH Dorset DT4 7DE map
tel: 01305 779774
Open: Tuesday - Saturday 9.30 - 5.30.
General stock but specialising in shipping, naval and yachting.
Worth visiting even if you have no interest in their specialities. - TBG.
Good stock of most transport areas at reasonable prices. Friendly and knowledgeable owner. I am a regular visitor, new stock often available. - Paul Simpson. 15.11.10.
Wonderful bookshop, with excellent selections of naval, maritime, yachting and local interest new & secondhand books, also ship models & memorabilia. Shop very close to railway station. Well worth a visit. - Mark Barrett 12.04.11.
What a wonderful place that is! Splendid second hand bookshop. I wish I would live closer to this place, alas! I´don´t. Maybe it´s for the better. If I could return, like I would, I´d bring a lorry. - Ralf 18.07.11.
Unbeatable for marine but also good on topography and fiction. - Herne 20.07.11.

Bridport Old Books
11 South Street
BRIDPORT Dorset DT6 3NR map
tel: 01308 425689 e-mail
General secondhand and antiquarian books, childrens, illustrated and the arts. - TBG.
A great place: something for all tastes and particularly strong on children's, illustrated, local and military stock, and with plenty of unusual items too. - Arthur Hook 14.12.10.
A well-organised shop with something for most tastes. Good for topography and art. - Herne 20.07.11.
Very disappointed. Decent stock but dear, and seemed to be most books in a large inaccessible back room? Maybe I went on a bad day, will try again in future. - Norman Davies - 09.06.12.

Chapter House Books
Trendle Street
SHERBORNE Dorset DT9 3NT map
tel: 01935 816262 e-mail
Very helpful and pleasant. Stock well ordered - signs indicate a large reserve stock. Hoping to expand customer facilities for next year. - Clive Cheeseman 10.09.07.
Fantastic stock and superb staff in a proper old fashioned book shop. I only manage to get to the shop maybe twice a year but they always remember me, are always helpful and always have something I want ! oh and they now have a coffee shop what more could you want. - Ray Packham 11.10.10.
A large selection and topography featured very well. Also has a cafe annexed. - Herne 20.07.11.
I loved this shop - a genuine large s/hand shop crammed full of all sorts, reasonable prices. Well worth a detour. - Norman Davies - 09.06.12.

Dorset Book Exchange
513 Wimborne Road East
FERNDOWN Dorset BH22 9NF map
tel: 07941 701155 e-mail
Open: Tuesday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.00.
20,000+ paperbacks and hardbacks. All genres. Opened February 2010 and trading very successfully in its 3rd year. Store credit given for part exchange/ trade-ins with 50% discount then available off purchases.

Ida's Country Corner
The Street
CHARMOUTH Dorset DT6 6PX map
tel: 01297 560252
Open: 7 days, 8.00 - 6.00 in summer, 9.00 - 5.00 in winter.
Small but growing stock of secondhand books, OS maps and prints. Westcountry books and railways.

Imagine Books
23 St Alban Street
WEYMOUTH Dorset DT4 8BZ map
tel: 01305 7679865 e-mail web
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.00 (9.00 - 6.00 in Summer) Sunday 11.00 - 4.00.
I mainly sell Esoteric books, both new and secondhand, as well as Military history, and anything else fascinating. We also have a growing collection of antiquarian books and Dorset history.

Keith Jones Bookshop
2 Hinton Road
tel: 01202 292272 e-mail
Open: Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 5.30.
Keith Jones Bookshop has a large second hand section of Christian books as well as selling new books,dvds,cards and gifts. New stock arriving all the time.

New, Secondhand and Antiquarian Books
35 Station Road
SWANAGE Dorset BH19 1AD map
tel: 01929 424088 fax: 01929 424088 e-mail web
Open: Monday - Saturday 9.30 - 5.00.
A wide range of first edition and rare books, paperbacks and local interest books, maps and guides for the Isle of Purbeck. Latest bestsellers and new book ordering service. Situated in the main shopping street, 100 yards from the train station.
Very friendly, informative advice given to me on telephone. Thank you for your help. - digi13 24.05.12.

Oxfam Bookshop
30b Salisbury Street
tel: 01258 455111
The best laid out Oxfam bookshop I have been in. Some interesting items on display. All on one floor. - Clive Cheeseman 15.08.07.

Oxfam Bookshop
21/21a Institute Road
SWANAGE Dorset BH19 1BT map
tel: 01929 425739

Reference Works
9 Commercial Road
SWANAGE Dorset BH19 1DF map
tel: 01929 424423 fax: 01929 422597 e-mail web
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 4.00, but best to ring first.
Ceramic book specialists. All areas of collecting and the study of pottery and porcelain, especially out of print material. Also a range of 18th to 20th century ceramics.

Sanctuary Bookshop
65 Broad Street
LYME REGIS Dorset DT7 3QF map
tel: 01297 445815 e-mail
Open: 7 days, 10.30 - 5.30.
General secondhand bookshop with a mysterious "reserve stock", which apparently you have to sleep with the owner to see. - TBG.
A bit of a mystery that seems to work on the principile that a rummage in what could be a stage set for a second-hand bookshop and the chance of somewhere to keep warm and dry will sell a book or two - and it seems to work - especially now there is a more traditional bookroom at the back run by another dealer. - Arthur Hook 14.12.10.
Two shops in one building - second one at the back was the more helpfully laid out. Again good for fiction. Also Antiques emporium on the front has several cases of books. - Herne 20.07.11. - Norman Davies - 09.06.12.Interesting to say the least - large varied and somewhat higgly piggly laid out stock. Well worth a visit and rummage as is a chat to the owner! - Norman Davies - 09.06.12.

Stour Bookshop
Bridge Street
tel: 01258 473561
Open: Tuesday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.00. Closed for lunch.
General stock and illustrated books, archaeology, aviation, history and woman authors.

The Antique Map and Bookshop
32 High Street
tel: 01305 848633 fax: 01305 848992 e-mail web
Open: Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 5.00
Miscellaneous stock of antiquarian and good quality second-hand books. Specialities: 19th.century literature, esp.G.A.Henty, H.Rider Haggard, Thomas Hardy, H.G.Wells, A.C.Doyle. Also Travel/ Fine Bindings/ Illustrated books. Established in 1976. Members of ABA and PBFA. Puddletown is just outside Dorchester on the A35 to Bournemouth.
Rang ahead to check opening hours and stock. Arrived to find piles of what I collected awaiting me. Very helpful and knowledgable young man in charge of shop. - Chris Harte 14.04.09.
Specialist limited but fine book stock. Helpful staff - a good collector's shop not one for the generalist. - Norman Davies - 09.06.12.

The Bookshop
Marine Parade
The Cobb
LYME REGIS Dorset DT7 3JF map
tel: 01297 444820
Mainly paperback fiction. - TBG.
Small but clearly organised and good for fiction. - Herne 20.07.11.
If this shop was ever open I'm sure it would be good to browse. And people wonder why 2nd hand bookshops are dying out ... - Dominic Zero 16.08.11.

The Dorset Bookshop
69 East Street
tel: 01258 452266 e-mail web
Open: Monday - Friday 10.00 - 4.30, Saturday 10.00 - 2.00.
Kevin and Denny Cook took over this quirky unspoilt Georgian building in 2007. 6 rooms of books on 3 floors -new downstairs and four rooms of secondhand books upstairs. Comfy chairs and coffee in a peaceful old fashioned lounge.
Sells a mixture of new (ground floor front) and second-hand (ground floor rear and upstairs). A lot of ?local? topography and travel. - Clive Cheeseman 15.08.07.
Best bookshop in Dorset by a mile! - A 13.09.11.

The Nautical Antique Centre
Old Harbour Passage
3a Hope Square
WEYMOUTH Dorset DT4 8TR map
tel: 01305 777838 e-mail web
Open: Tuesday - Friday 10.00 - 5.00 or by appointment. Closed for lunch.
Specialist stock of nautical related books, prints, photographs and charts.

The Winton Bookshop
1 Cardigan Road
tel: 01202 518316
Open: Monday - Saturday 9.30 - 5.30.
Large general secondhand stock.
Well-stocked, well-laid out shop just off the main shopping street in Winton. - Richard 19.05.09.
Surprisingly large and well-kept stock, and a knowledgeable and helpful owner. - Joachim Duester 13.10.09.
My favourite bookshop, I always come home with a few new treasures. The owner is really helpful and very interesting. - Sarah 09.05.12.

Wild and Homeless Books
12 South Street
BRIDPORT Dorset DT6 3NQ map
tel: 01308 421970
Open: Tuesday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.00.
Wild and Homeless Books, established as a second-hand bookshop in February 2009, offers a variety of books that are often difficult to find elsewhere. The focus is fiction, poetry and drama but a there are a few shelves in this small space for travel, history and biography. With four bookshops in the bustling market town of Bridport, avoiding the by-pass makes more sense than ever.
Seems to be expanding its stock and seems to have taken root, and their arrival plus the (always changing) stock in Bridport Books gives bookbuyers a good reason to linger. - Arthur Hook 14.12.10.
Closed at 4pm not 5 as advertised so I never got there. - Herne 20.07.11.
Just OK. Lots of indifferent stock, the few things of interest highly priced. Shop over the road much better. - Bookworm 12.05.12

WVS Bookshop
14 Wimborne Street
CRANBORNE Dorset BH21 5PP map
tel: 01725 551123 fax: 01725 551125 e-mail
Open: Monday - Friday 9.00 - 5.00.
The shop has a wide-ranging stock attractively priced. A dedicated charity bookshop established in 2009 by the Worldwide Veterinary Service in an attractive village setting.
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Re: please, advice 'second-hand' books shop in London

Postby janet » Tue Jul 24, 2012 9:31 pm

Scope is another very active charity (formerly the spastics' society and glad they changed their name) where I've found Discworld books in the past.
Actually any charity which takes on a high street shop is going to be bona fide and anything you spend in their shop is going to help someone. Sometimes it's possible to find a Pratchett seam! A local hospice shop had most of the early paperbacks a few weeks back and I bought Pyramids which I'd already read but didn't own. Actually I wish I'd bought the lot at the time....some of my copies are a bit tatty.
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Re: please, advice 'second-hand' books shop in London

Postby Quatermass » Wed Jul 25, 2012 12:42 am

Oxfam bookshops, I found, were a godsend when it came to shopping for secondhand books during my holiday in the UK. While we were heading to the British Museum, I happened to see a book I had been looking for for ages (the scriptbook for The Quatermass Experiment, to be precise). I waited until the shop opened and purchased it. Earlier this year, I found a later, more robust edition of the same scriptbook for a cheaper price ($2.50 AU, compared to the six pounds or approximately $15 AU I spent at the time on the scriptbook), but hey, I also got a number of other books that I wanted from Oxfam shops, including a replacement for my tattered copy of Who On Earth Is Tom Baker?, the Doctor Who Missing Adventure novel The Well-Mannered War, and a copy of the Men At Arms play.
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Re: please, advice 'second-hand' books shop in London

Postby Natalya » Wed Jul 25, 2012 8:31 am

Thank you very much, Pip, Tonyblack, Who's Wee Dug, Wicked woman, Janet, Quatermass ! :)
Especially BIG THANKS The Mad Collector! Your information is wonderfully detailed! 8-)
I'm passing all this data for my daughter now...
Best regards! :)
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