Book Towns by Alex Johnson

14/07/2018 12:00 a.m.

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Book Review


Book Towns by Alex Johnson​

If you’re a book lover then look no further than this delightful book.

Think Lonely Planet-style travel guide meets a world full of books and you have this gem.

So what is a book town? Simply put by the author, it is a "small town, usually rural and scenic, full of bookshops and book-related industries".

One of the places the book features is Wigtown in Scotland which boasts a range of bookstores, hosts books festivals and even has a bed and breakfast/second-hand bookstore where people can stay in exchange for running the store.

There is Bowral in Australia which was once home to a famous resident by the name of PL Travers who created the character of Mary Poppins.

A few of the other book towns highlighted in the book include Bredevoort in the Netherlands, Borby in Sweden, Bellprat in Spain, Gold Cities in California, Tvedestrand in Norway and Hay-on-Wye in Wales - the birthplace of book towns. New Zealand’s Featherston is even featured.

As well as a write-up, there are photos and website addresses for each book town.   ​

Reviewed by Abbey Hartevelt.


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Book Towns is in our Adult Non-Fiction Collection. Check availability and place a hold on our Catalogue.​

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Page reviewed: 25 Jul 2018 11:36am