AAAHHH | Friday, January 8, 2021

9:42 PM

#AAAHHH: @bumblebeebooksonline have outdone themselves this month with an absolute blinder of a book destined to become a classic, how it took so long to be translated, when it barely needs it… “An unbelievably loud noise is disturbing the world. WHERE (on earth) is it coming from?” #bumblebeebooks #books

Anthony C. Hall, Bookseller Pt. 2

Anthony C. Hall, Bookseller, Twickenham

I’ve known Tony since I was a kid, spent hours in his bookshop picking up Thelwell cartoons and old pulp fiction. He is a proper book dealer, specializing in Russian History and Culture, amongst other subjects, but as he once said to me, he has the luxury of having a bookshop as his office. This picture was made around 1993/4 looking into his office. I keep meaning to drop him a note.

He’s not open much anymore, but you can hopefully catch him sometime at 30 Staines Road, Twickenham TW2 5AH. He might be the last of the absolutely independent bookshops in London.

BOOKSHOP | Saturday, November 2, 2019

10:28 PM

#BOOKSHOP: Tony hasn’t been around in a long time, he’s getting on and comes in maybe once a week. He’s really a dealer in rare books with the luxury of an office that also has a bookshop in the front taking up a tiny bit of space. But I’ve roamed his shelves since I was 11 years old and all my #Thelwell books are from here. If I had the money, I’d buy his place, keep his name above the door and run my office from his. I’m not sure that places like his were ever widespread but I feel lucky to have had a bookshop as a neighbour. Further down the street is the fellow who designed and still makes the original #Stormtrooper helmets. George Lucas hates him. But more on my other neighbours another time. If you’re passing by Tony’s place and he’s in, stop by. You won’t get the chance again, most likely. #books #bookseller #neighbours #twickenham

DavidMitchell | Sunday, November 5, 2017

11:56 PM

@be_lovedjules wrote me a letter almost 20 years ago saying that she’d read this awesome book - a shoddy pirated photocopy - and I would love it. That was #DavidMitchell’s #Ghostwritten and it was quite excellent. So was the next one, #NumberNineDream but then I got bored with #CloudAtlas and this is the first one I’ve read since. Cracking. Must go back and read #TheBoneClocks, which I ought to have read first. Never mind. #SladeHouse #books

2017 | Monday, January 2, 2017

9:12 AM

#2017 #reading already piling up, a few things leftover from #2016 but an impressive stack courtesy of @chk_chk and also the @guardian to apologise for having such a useless membership scheme. #bookstagram #book #books 📚

Bowie | Monday, May 9, 2016

1:12 PM

Inspired by a list of #Bowie’s favourite #books, I stopped by the #lrbbookshop. #virginiawoolf #bulgakov