10 Unconventional Bookstores For Your Browsing Pleasure

The Book Barge

Ahoy, mateys! Step aboard the Book Barge, a floating bookshop on a canal boat that roams the UK waterways at roaring speeds of 4 miles per hour (though its usual mooring is in Staffordshire). Owner Sarah Henshaw, inspired in part by the slow food movement, explains, “we hope to promote a less hurried and harried lifestyle of idle pleasures, cups of tea, conversation, culture and, of course, curling up with an incomparably good Book Barge purchase… I hoped that by creating a unique retail space, customers would realise how independent bookshops can offer a far more pleasurable shopping experience than they’re likely to find online or on the discount shelves at supermarkets.” Books on a boat? A barge, no less? We’re sold based on the alliteration alone.