Where to buy books: Part Two – Sheffield

Go to Sheffield, head towards the City Hall, take a left down Division Street, continue on to Devonshire Street and then look out for a shop called Rare and Racy to your right.  This shop also sells records and is full of every and any book you can imagine.  The owners play retro music loudly into every nook and cranny, old wooden step ladders line the shelves, and the walls are decorated with vintage book pages and annual covers.  Little shops like these really broaden and enrich my experience of buying books and I hope they never die out!

I visited this lovely shop with Petites Folies who journeyed up the country to see me on my birthday.  She has kindly let me use some photos she took whilst we got stuck in to some serious book browsing.

They don’t make book covers like this anymore!


Lost in my own world.  It was here that I stumbled across a copy of Never Let Me Go – I finished it very quickly, great book!


Whilst bigger chain shops can be great for books, shops like these are really important so I always try to buy my books in places like this.  On the plus side too, it is mere steps away from all the fabulous bars of Division Street, a particular favourite of mine being Bungalows and Bears.

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