In honour of National Bookshop Day (Saturday 8th October), I’ve put a together a list of my favourite places in Norwich to purchase books from. Happy reading!
- City Bookshop
Popular with students, City Bookshop has become something of an icon in Norwich. Here, you will not only find your favourite classics, but also an array of history, art, travel, and biographical books, to name just a few. A lot of the books are new, or in extremely good second-hand condition, but for a fraction of the price. Their stock is replenished and changes frequently too; I like to take a trip there every few weeks or so to seek out any new American fiction they have in.
- The Market
The Norwich market is such a magical, inviting place, full of all sorts of treasures. However, situated at the very back of the rows of stalls, sits piles and piles of second hand books. You could spend hours looking through the collection, and still only be halfway through. Again, these are very cheap – roughly £3-£4 a book – and in good condition. What’s more, the owner of the stall is very welcoming, greeting you with a warm friendly smile!
- Charity Shops
Norwich is certainly not short of charity shops, however some are better than others when it comes to books. Places like the British Heart Foundation and Oxfam ‘book specific’ stores, are often well-stocked, but pricier. These are great if you’re looking for something more specific, as chances are they will have it. However if you’re simply looking for inspiration, you may be better off going elsewhere. My personal favourite is the British Red Cross shop on St. Benedict’s (conveniently a few minutes’ walk from my house). They have yet to fail me on their choice of books, and whilst it may not have the biggest selection, they are certainly are the cheapest I’ve come across. I recently picked up a signed Margaret Atwood novel for 95p, and a Lonely Planet ‘The Travel Book’ for just £2!
- The Library
OK, so you may not be able to purchase books from the library per se, but you can definitely keep them for a very long time if you take advantage of the renewals process! The Millennium Library in The Forum is quick and easy to sign up to, offering a huge selection of classic and more modern fiction/non-fiction. As for students in Norwich – go to the UEA library! I get that you may be bogged down with work, essays, projects, etc. but if you’re a true book lover, you should definitely have at least one non-module related book under your belt. A significant chunk of your £9K a year tuition fees are most likely for maintaining the fabulous library selection – use it!
Books are an excellent way of relaxing, learning something new, or just plain enjoying yourself. Head on into town and support your local bookshop facilities, wherever you are this Bookshop Day! 🙂