The Big Readers of Broken Wheel Bookshop Tour!

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend (out 18 June) author and bibliophile Katarina Bivald works her way around the UK visiting the best bookshops in the land. There's only one rule... and rules are made to be broken.


  1. Swedish author Katarina Bivald flew into London with a Google Map of 40 bookshops and a 23kg luggage allowance...
  2. #1 Heywood Hill in Mayfair (est. 1936) where Nancy Mitford worked during the war.
  3. Bookseller recommended: Five Children and It by E. Nesbit and Five Children on the Western Front by Kate Saunders.
  4. #2 Hatchards, the oldest bookshop in London (est. 1797) whose customers have been 'the literary, political, artistic and social lions of their day.' Rwar.
  5. Bookseller recommended: The Bees by Laline Paull
  6. Impulse buy: Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson
  7. SECOND impulse buy: The Unknown Unknown: Bookshops and the delight of not getting what you wanted by Mark Forsyth
  8. #3 A few doors down and you'll find Waterstones HQ with 6 deliciously book-filled floors...
  9. Bookseller recommended: Hanns and Rudolf by Thomas Harding
  10. Impulse buy: Arsenic for Tea by Robin Stevens
  11. #4 A hop, skip and a jump over to Goldsboro Books in Cecil Court to peruse their first and signed editions
  12. Bookseller recommended/Impulse buy: 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
  13. #5 The London Review Bookshop at Bury Place looks forward to 'finding you the books you know you need, and more importantly, the ones you didn't know you needed.' This bodes very well...
  14. Bookseller recommended: Midland: A Novel Out of Time by Honor Gavin and Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
  15. #6 Foyles on the Charing Cross Road is a literary institution. It's new flagship store has four miles (6.5km) of shelves, making it the largest bookshop to have opened in the UK so far this century.