This week I had a little trip to Derbyshire, mainly to visit my favourite bookshop, Scarthin Books at Cromford.
Here is a place where you really can get lost for hours. Three floors of rooms, passageways, and staircases all crammed with books. They have a good stock of new books, but the real fascination is with the old, out of print and obscure. If there is ever a book you are struggling to find, just email them and they will track it down if humanly possible.
I bought two in particular that will really help with my novel research.
There's a small cafe on the middle floor, serving vegetarian and vegan food.
Scarthin's even came in at number six in the Guardian's online list of the world's best bookshops. Note - not just Derbyshire's, or England's, or even the U.K's but the whole world's!
Researching is thirsty work, you know. So I bought a new tea mug too. Like it?