Private: Book towns

Some time ago either Maud or Stephany were talking about “book towns” in the UK. I am not even sure if I am using the correct name. Small towns with a lot of bookshops, anyway.

Last summer I spent a few days at a friend’s place in the Wye Valley in Wales, and on the way back to London we stopped off in Hay-on-Wye, a great “book town” right on the English border. From the website:

Early reports of the eccentrics who seem to be attracted to Hay, include Maud Walbee, said by some to be a witch, who it has been reported was walled up with her eldest son, to starve to death for displeasing the king at the time.

At The Cinema Bookshop, I bought a copy of the François Truffaut-Albert Hitchcock interviews, which I then left in a cafe in Bath.

This summer’s Hay Festival has some big names, including Bob Geldof, John Updike, Neil Jordan and Ian McEwan. Also: Alberto Manguel — the guy is frigging everywhere. The festival runs from May 28 to June 6.