My Top Bookshops: Europe


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For  some people, snagging the last sun lounger is the zenith of their holiday experience. However, I think there is nothing quite like discovering a new bookshop. Your eyes meet the fading text of a first edition across a crowded street, and you know it is love. During my travels I have found various literary oases over the years, and here are my top choices (in no particular order).

1. The American Book Center, Amsterdam

Credit: Alper Çuğun Credit: Alper Çuğun

Did you forget to pack a book? Was the lure of the trashy airport novel not quite enough? Or perhaps you’re just tired of being dragged to the Dutch capital’s never-ending parade of ‘coffeeshops’ and museums. Have no fear, The American Book Center is here. It has everything from the latest magazines to coffee table books, via the classics, of course. Its sweeping staircase is lined with books (pictured) is by far…

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