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The Old Pier Bookshop

287 Marine Road Central
Morecambe, Lancashire, LA4 5BY

United Kingdom

+44 (0)1524 409360

Type: Bookstore — used books

Description: Undoubtedly one of the most apparently disorganised bookshops in the world -- one suspects willfully so. All the better for it too: it feels like someone has taken Finnegans Wake and turned it into a shop. The separation of books into themes seems to ebb and flow in an almost hallucinogenic fashion; almost none of the shelves are labelled; large quantities of the rooms are constructed from two-by-four and then filled to waist level with piles of dead books; and quite a lot of the stock is in random heaps all over the floor. You end up digging through piles of papers, peering behind giant sheets of chipboard, and holding up towers of books with a spare heal while gingerly taking down what may be a book, or may, one suspects, simply be a wad of sheets acting as structural support. Fortunately the owner seems to hold all this chaos in his head, and can apparently pin-point a specific book with disturbing accuracy. This isn't a bookshop in which you can easily browse for a set of books, for example by a specific author, nor, really, one in which you can easily browse for a specific subject. However, if you want a specific title, or just want the fun of the bibliophile equivalent of cave exploration, then this is the shop for you. More details here:
http://www.thevisitor.co.uk/news/doing-it-by-the-book-1-1204468

Added by: linus_evans.  Contacted: Not contacted.  Venue ID: 74076

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