The Paragon Bath BA1 5LS 01225 428 111
As much a community book club as a retail outlet, this friendly store stocks over 30,000 titles, from Douglas Adams to Emile Zola. The layout encourages casual browsing, as do the long opening hours, and there’s free tea and coffee on hand. The busy calendar of weekly author events gives as much time to local writers as it does national literary figures (Rose Tremain, Will Self, Stephen Fry).
Huge selection, and space and time for browsing is encouraged. Staff even over tea and coffee while browsing so no-one tries to rush you. I saw staff ordering books for customers, holding onto purchases to be collected later, etc. Really, they treat customers so well and have such a great selection it makes shopping a joy.
This really is one of the most wonderful bookshops in the known universe. The selection is outstanding – and quirky, so you'll discover books you never knew you wanted. And the staff are their equal. Anyone who enjoys a bookshop needs to set aside at least an hour for Toppings. And you'll be back.
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