WELCOME to the letter C and to this year’s theme: BOOKSHOPS
THE BOOKSHOPS ALONG CHARING CROSS ROAD IN LONDON
I was about to step off the curb when a hand touched my elbow and restrained me. An English gentleman cautioned me, “I wouldn’t do that, love, it makes such a mess at rush hour.” I have never forgotten this moment, the good humor of it all, and a reminder that traffic in London flows the ‘wrong’ way for an American. This story is forever linked with my walk to Charing Cross Road where I hoped to find Anthony Hopkins at Marks & Co. and the works of Beverley Nichols, English garden writer.
Charing Cross Road is a street in central London running immediately north of St Martin-in-the-Fields to St Giles Circus and then becomes Tottenham Court Road. Charing Cross Road is renowned for its specialist and second-hand bookshops. The section from Leicester Square Underground station to Cambridge Circus is home to specialist bookshops, and more general second-hand and antiquarian shops such as Quinto Bookshop, Henry Pordes and Any Amount of Books.
Above…Please take a moment and listen to the Anthony Hopkins video I have linked for you. It will allow you to “see” the bookshops along Charing Cross Road. When I listened once again to Hopkins’ reading the Yeats short poem, my memories of book hunting along Charing Cross Rd, I shed a tear for the bookstores there that have closed. (Rising rents affected the bookstores that occupy many of the ground floors of the buildings.) For heaven’s sake, Marks & Co bookshop is now a pub. Blimmy! When in London, don’t miss visiting this book mecca. You will be surrounded by the spirits of all those who have walked the street before you…..enjoy!