Reflections on #IndyBookTourCymru2019

I think it’s in Graham Greene’s Travels With My Aunt that a character notices how constant travel seems to make time pass more slowly and so makes your life seem longer. Whether I’ve attributed it to the right book or not (no doubt somebody will tell me) the observation is certainly true for the last […]

#IndyBookTourCymru2019 – day 30

St David’s – or St Davids, take your pick – may or may not be the smallest city in Britain. (You can see the debate here if you’re interested.) And St Davids Bookshop may or may not be the smallest bookshop in Britain (a 2011 Guardian supplement on indie bookshops certainly suggested that it might […]

#IndyBookTourCymru2019 – day 29

Narberth is a pretty little town in the southern, mostly English-speaking part of Pembrokeshire. Founded around a Welsh court and later a Norman stronghold, it is now a shopping destination and tourist centre, and Narberth Museum – housed since 2012 in the Bonded Stores – is key to the tourist offering. The Bonded Stores, the […]

#IndyBookTourCymru2019 – day 28

Haverfordwest, where the Victoria Bookshop played host to #IndyBookTourCymru2019 on day 28, has a unique place in my family’s life. Though it was an hour’s drive from home, for a period of about three months when I was 8 and my brother 7, my parents drove us to Haverfordwest every Sunday morning after milking so […]

#IndyBookTourCymru2019 – day 27

Yesterday took me to the lovely seaside town of Mumbles. (Those of you who, like me, are interested in etymology can find some intriguing information about the name here.) The town was basking in the sunshine when I got there and the wide bay looked gorgeous with long-bladed wind turbines and Swansea’s high-rise buildings gleaming […]

#IndyBookTourCymru2019 – day 25

Yesterday, #IndyBookTourCymru2019, day 25, was on home turf at Awen Teifi in Cardigan – a lovely, welcoming shop on Cardigan’s high street, only a stone’s throw from The Black Lion, the coaching inn which features fairly prominently in In Two Minds. Awen Teifi is a handsome, double-fronted shop which, if the posters in the front […]

#IndyBookTourCymru2019 – day 24

It wasn’t my intention to write blog posts about bookshops that I just visited to say hi for social media purposes but I had such lovely welcomes at both Nickleby’s in Llantwit Major and Cowbridge Bookshop, yesterday, that I just wanted to mention them here. Both Llantwit Major and Cowbridge are small enough not to […]