BOOK TOWNS: FORTY-FIVE PARADISES OF THE PRINTED WORD

Book Towns

A so-called ‘Book town’ is a haven of literature, a book lover’s dream, a small town filled with second-hand and antique bookstores. There are no firm definitions for a ‘book town’, it’s just a town that is not too big, usually hidden in some rural setting, and most importantly has a lot of bookstores.

Until now there had been no directory for these niche communities. Richly detailed illustrations guide readers through the history of 40 semi-official ‘book towns’ across the world. From New Zealand’s very own Featherstone, Clunes over in Australia, to Fjaerland in Norway and Wigtown in Scotland, Book Towns takes readers on a scenic tour across these locales, exploring the origins and charms of these communities, as well offering practical travel advice to any readers tempted to visit these towns.