Bude the Obscure

Cornwall seems to be my place of short break so far this year. Some quite stunning coastal vistas, a charming otter sanctuary and a couple of trips to Bude made a successful Easter trip, despite the persisent cold.

Bude certainly has more to it than meets the eye, on the county border of the north coast. For some happy book browsing, look no further than Books By The Sea, an absolute gem of a secondhand bookshop on one of the main streets.

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You’ll find the friendly owner Steven Sheppard buried towards the back, in amongst the impressive floor-to-ceiling displays. Set over two floors, it is a well ordered Aladdin’s cave, and it took me no time at all to find two Anne Tylers (yes, it seems I am going to blog about each Tyler find), while others enjoyed rummaging through the comics in the basement.

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This was a family browsing session, and the children’s section offered a pleasant trip down memory lane. My daughters came away with a little something too. My favourite kind of shopping, and highly recommended for all book lovers.

5 thoughts on “Bude the Obscure

    • I’m afraid I can’t take credit for the pics. Owner Steven kindly emailed them to me. Flushed with the success of my purchases, I completely forgot to take any pictures while I was there 🙂

  1. Great looking bookshop. Will be sure to stop in when we are next down that way. Apparently, the area in Lincolnshire we are moving to in the summer has a fair few secondhand bookshops. I have really missed not being able to browse a bookshop while we have been here in Germany. Can’t wait to get back and spend a few afternoons browsing.

    • Yes, it must be an exciting prospect moving back, and I hadn’t thought about the added bonus of bookshop browsing! By the way, I just received my copy of Carve; your story is quite something Dan. Congratulations, a real piece of craft.

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