Book Towns: Forty Five Paradises of the Printed Word (Hardcover)

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Book Towns: Forty Five Paradises of the Printed Word (Hardcover)


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The so-called “Book Towns” of the world are dedicated havens of literature, and the ultimate dream of book lovers everywhere. Book Towns takes readers on a richly illustrated tour of the 40 semi-officially recognized literary towns around the world and outlines the history and development of each community, and offers practical travel advice.

Many Book Towns have emerged in areas of marked attraction, such as Ureña in Spain or Fjaerland in Norway, where bookshops have been set up in buildings including former ferry waiting rooms and banks. While the UK has the best-known examples at Hay, Wigtown and Sedbergh, the book has a broad international appeal, featuring locations such as Jimbochu in Japan, College Street in Calcutta, and major unofficial “book cities” such as Buenos Aires.

Alex Johnson is a journalist, blogger and the author of A Book of Book Lists, Improbable Libraries, Bookshelf, and Shedworking: The Alternative Workplace Revolution. He runs the web sites Shedworking at and Bookshelf at Alex lives in St Albans, London with his wife, three children, and plenty of books from all over the world.

Product Details ISBN: 9780711238930
ISBN-10: 0711238936
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
Publication Date: March 22nd, 2018
Pages: 192
Language: English
"If you're and ink-and-paper loyalist, Alex Johnson's Book Towns: Forty-Five Paradises of the Printed Word (Frances Lincoln, $23), out this month, will soon be your favorite travel guide."—Travel & Leisure

"In the forthcoming Book Towns, journalist Alex Johnson catalogues these most charming of tourist destinations."—Sarah Laskow, Atlas Obscura