I love libraries and all their riches. I also adore bookshops which is why reading 18 Bookshops by Anne Scott is such a treat. As can be deduced from the title, the book offers brief accounts of bookshops...some still in business, others not, such as The Parrot which was located in St. Paul's churchyard in London during Shakespeare's day.
All but one of the shops are located in England, Scotland or Ireland. Books of Wonder, a children's bookstore in New York City, is the only shop "in the Colonies." But never mind that. These essays are a booklover's ode to the bookshops of the world.
18 Bookshops was published in Great Britain, but is available here in the U.S. through Amazon.