I absolutely love discovering cheap bookshops. So imagine how delighted I was when walking around my new neighbourhood this weekend I found one just around the corner!
Bookscene has something for everyone. There is a particularly large science-fiction and horror/crime section, but there is plenty more on offer here. Not being the hugest fan of science-fiction, I headed straight over to the general fiction shelf and was happy to find that there was a lot of choice. I was even happier when I saw the prices! A book for 75p? Could I have read that right? It was then a struggle not to grab books by the handful and buy them all!
After some careful consideration, I chose three books, after all I had to leave something for my next visit! I’ve been meaning to read Bill Bryson’s Notes From a Small Island for a while now, and at 95p, how could I resist? For 75p, I picked up Washington Square by Henry James and for £1 a quite battered looking Villette by Charlotte Brontë which was obviously once much loved by Rita Baggaley in 1947 (don’t you love written notes from old owners inside book covers?)
As well as books, Bookscene also has comics and magazines. The walls are plastered with colourful posters, making it a pleasant place to linger in, which seems to be what people do. In the few minutes I spent browsing the shelves, there were two other customers in the shop who both seemed to be on friendly terms with the man behind the counter. When I asked if I could take some pictures of the shop, the bookseller was lovely and polite.
So, it looks as though I now have a local, affordable bookshop to run to when I need a new book!
If you live in Nottingham, it’s not far from the centre. Here is the address if you feel like taking a look: 101 Alfreton Road, Nottingham, NG7 3JL (phone: 01159555554)