Book Towns Forty Five Paradises of the Printed Word

Book Towns by Alex Johnson

Forty Five Paradises of the Printed Word

Format: Hardback, 192 Pages
ISBN: 9780711238930
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
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$22.99 / £14.99
From Hay-on-Wye in Wales to Ureña in Spain, Fjaerland in Norway to Jimbochu in Japan, around 40 semi-official book towns now exist around the world. But until now, there has been no complete directory of their location, history and charm. Book Towns takes readers on a richly illustrated tour of these captivating, dedicated havens of literature, outlining the origins and development of each community, and offering practical travel advice. Explore bustling book markets in Calcutta and Buenos Aires, and pop-up shops in old churches, ferry waiting rooms and stables. A stylish and original guide, it is the perfect gift for both book lovers and travel enthusiasts.

Alex Johnson is a journalist, blogger and the author of A Book of Book Lists, Improbable Libraries, Bookshelf, and Shedworking: The Alternative Workplace Revolution. He runs the web sites Shedworking at and Bookshelf at Alex lives in St Albans, London with his wife, three children, and plenty of books from all over the world.

Format: Hardback, 192 Pages
ISBN: 9780711238930
Illustrations: 200
Size: 8.268 in x 6.299 in / 210 mm x 160 mm
Edition: New Edition
"If you're and ink-and-paper loyalist, Alex Johnson's Book Towns: Forty-Five Paradises of the Printed Word (Frances Lincoln, $23), out this month, will soon be your favorite travel guide."
"In the forthcoming Book Towns, journalist Alex Johnson catalogues these most charming of tourist destinations."