N – The Notting Hill Bookstore – London

WELCOME to the letter N and to this year’s theme: BOOKSHOPS

This independent bookshop, renowned for its travel book section was the inspiration for the 1999 romantic comedy, made famous by Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant in the film, Notting Hill. Here we find someone who knows his books along with a quirky sales assistant that fits right in with the specialized inventory. Quite apart from travel, The Notting Hill Bookshop offers an extensive range across most categories of publishing and is proud of its’ broad range of children’s books. I hope as you make your way to visit the store that the seasons will change before your eyes as they do in the film, which puts me in mind of the seasons that come and go in our reading lives.  When in London, most visit Harrod’s or the Victoria and Albert Museum, but you and I are headed to Notting Hill in pursuit of our passion….books!

I want to tuck into this post one of the books in the British Library Crime Classics series from Poisoned Pen Press. I’m never sure if I am buying the books for their fabulous book jackets or for the golden age mysteries they are reintroducing. (You might know that this jacket isn’t the best example of all the fabulous covers.)  The Notting Hill Mystery by Charles Warren Adams was first published between 1862 and 1863 as an eight-part serial in a magazine. The story is told by insurance investigator Ralph Henderson, who is building a case against the sinister Baron R, suspected of murdering his wife.

Presented in the form of diary entries, letters, chemical analysis reports, interviews with witnesses and a crime scene map, the novel displays innovative techniques that would not become common features of detective fiction until the 1920s. I’m sure you can find the British Crime Classics at The Notting Hill Bookstore.

Please take a minute to watch this wonderful short scene where Grant discourages Roberts from buying a book. CLICK HERE



About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her: Stephenyhoughtlin.com
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16 Responses to N – The Notting Hill Bookstore – London

  1. scr4pl80 says:

    I have not seen this movie and now I want to. Thanks!

  2. Love that movie and the bookstore sounds wonderful. By the way, I am visiting Northern California this week and this rainy morning we are visiting Copperfield Books in Sonoma County. Definitely like those you have been posting about this month.

  3. slfinnell says:

    So glad my daughter and I aren’t the only ones who search out bookstores on our outings to different places. 🙂 They are the Best souvenirs!

  4. jebjork says:

    Those covers are so pretty, but I know if I buy one I would want them all!

  5. BellyBytes says:

    I loved this movie and always wanted to go to this bookstore. I will definitely put it on my bucket list ( if it still exists by the time I visit!). Bookstores are now quickly going out of business and that’s a real shame. I don’t enjoy browsing on Amazon or Goodreads…..

  6. cleemckenzie says:

    I loved that movie! And I love that you’re featuring bookstores on the AtoZ. They deserve a lot of attention. I’m hoping England has more successful indies than the U.S. seems to have. Our town lost all three of our indie bookstores. Very sad.

    • Thank you for taking time to visit a bookshop with me. Come back if you have time. A sad day when a bookstore closes, but thankfully there are successful ones thriving and competing. In our imaginations, I’ll see you at one of them.

  7. On the list for when I revisit Portobello Market! I even enjoyed the movie clip.. 🙂

  8. noelleg44 says:

    Loved the movie – a good gentle laugh – and yes, I have actually visited Notting Hill!

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