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22nd March 2008This used to be a smashing bookshop and i regularly travelled from Derby to Lincoln, a hundred mile-plus round trip, just to go and rummage. I've been going there for over ten years.Yesterday it had that feel of a shop about to go out of business. The stock is poor and nowhere near as wide-ranging as it used to be. The woman working there is non-communicative and completely ignorant. Sadly, so is the owner, a man who never smiles or says hello even to regulars.I predict it will close soon.
Readers Rest is a wonderfully apt name for this book shop. The shop is situated about half way up Steep Hill which is the narrow road leading up to Lincoln Cathedral from the town centre. The shop is actually split and is on both sides of the road. If you are looking up the hill, the shop on the right hand side is an old parish hall and appears from the outside to be the larger of the two shops. In this hall there is the selection of new books for sale. There is a good selection of books, but nothing too unusual or outstanding, although there are one or two very good bargains in here. If you visit this shop then have a look at the small aquarium tank. All around the edge of the tank are quotes from people overheard in the shop, mostly excuses why people have not bought anything. These are very amusing and it just shows what fish can overhear! For me the best part of the shop is the other side of the road. From outside it just looks like one small room, but this is not the case. This is in fact the larger shop and the front room leads off to four or five other rooms with many hidden corners, all cramped to the ceiling with shelf after shelf of secondhand books. The books are all very reasonably priced and I would be amazed if any book lover could leave this shop without buying a book. There is not a lot of room in this shop and you certainly will not find any room to sit down and read through a book as other people will constantly be brushing past you. This is a very popular shop. The old building and the low ceilings give this shop a wonderful atmosphere and the selection of books (60,000) is fantastic and very well organised. There only appeared to be one member of staff for each of the shops and basically you are just left to hunt around to find the books you want. The books are very well organised, so this is not a problem. This shop does make a very welcome break as you walk up the hill, the only dra
wback is that when you come out you will probably have a couple of books that you have bought to carry up the rest of the hill with you.