It's that time of year again when we are all being reminded to read more and cherish our libraries, and the calm sense of Place that special ones evoke. So here is a beautiful one I shall never forget, Biblioteca Santiago Rusinol in Sitges, in Catalonia, on Portugal's Atlantic coast. You don't want to leave because it's so COOL INSIDE and SO VERY HOT outside.... and who really likes reading on a hot beach? Sadly now closed till summer 2016 for refurbishment.
If you live in Petersfield in Hampshire, at this amazing second hand bookshop! A warm welcome lures you into a rabbit warren of book-lined corridors, cupboards and crannies offering every possible subject you might pick at random - which of course - you do. There's nothing quite like the mysterious silence of a well stocked second hand book shop where millions of nicely bound words are patiently try to attract your attention. And as you linger in book caves like this, the muf
One of the most published books in the English language, Gilbert White's 'The Natural History of Selbourne' has been in print ever since it first appeared in 1789. In this pretty little Hampshire village of Selbourne where he lived, you can tour the house and admire the overarching forests of beech trees known as the Hampshire Hangars - then return, and see the original manuscript (below). In fact you can see just about every published version of this charming book - with w