I had a birthday trip around the 2nd hand bookshops clustered around Glasgow's Otago Street. There are three: Caledonian Books on Great Western Road (opposite IJ Mellis, Cheesemonger); Thistle Books;...those two are good, and Thistle especially is good at having in stock what you're looking for. But they're a bit too well-organised for my tastes. Best of all is...
This is the bibliophile heaven that awaits you inside:
I'm guessing that at one time they tried to categorise and alphabetise everything properly - but they've long since abandoned that idea and gone for the 'Loose Piling' method. There were several minor avalanches when I was in. Useless if you've a particular title in mind, obviously, but book lovers can have a wonderful time mining in the stacks. "Ooh! There's another title that I simply have to have, despite never having heard of it a second ago." And I like the way the floor slopes in different directions and threatens to give way when you walk.
What I bought:
Two titles for my collection of 'Textbooks for languages I have no intention of learning':
- Colloquial Mongolian
- Teach Yourself Swahili
Other finds (from there and Thistle) were:
- The Collected Poems of Hugh McDiarmid (2 vols)
- The Joys of Yiddish - Leo Rosten
- There Are Two Errors In The The Title Of This Book - Robert M Martin. About logical and philosophical paradoxes.
- A Time Of Gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermor. First of a highly recommended trilogy about walking across Europe just befoere the start of WWII.
- You Shall Know Our Velocity by Dave Eggars. I actually wanted (still want!) his What Is The What, but that's serendipity for yer. His A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius is also highly recommended.
- Marx For Beginners by Ruis. The prototype for the '...For Beginners' series.
Believe me - I could have bought a lot more!
Oh - I did buy some Lancashire and Cheshire cheese, too.