Disgrace: book dump takes over iconic London bookshop

Disgrace: book dump takes over iconic London bookshop


norman lebrecht

September 20, 2011

The struggle to save the Travel Bookshop in Notting Hill never really got off the ground. The shop, made famous by Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts in the eponymous film, has been sold.

The Bookseller reports today that the new owner is a remainder shop, a cemetery for unwanted books.

Shame and woe.

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  • Sad to see this. I didn’t know much about this particular bookstore, but I love both travel and books, and I love travel books. I’ll bet it was a wonderful place. I hate to see any bookstore close.

    • Dafydd Llywelyn. Composer in Munich. says:

      O’ woe is me, alas, alack,& weeping & wailing & knashing of teeth ! I used to live nearby when i was living in London. Here in Munich we still have a few international Bookshops existing & not yet ruined or destroyed.

  • Amanda de Andrade says:

    I suppose that when even giants like American Borders succumb, there is little chance for shops such as this one. What a sad little world we live in…