onsdag den 7. december 2016

En læsers drømmeland #3 Waterstones Piccadilly i London

For læsere findes der mange drømmelande: både dem som vi hengiver os til i de bøger, vi læser, og dem som vi fysisk kan træde ind i. I bøger kan vi for en stund leve i parallelle universer - vi kan stifte bekendtskab med utallige steder og karakterer, og vi kan grine, græde og forelske os i dem. Det er én slags drømmeland for mig. En anden slags er bogbutikker. Her kan vi vandre langs bogreolernes hylder, læse en bagside her, skimte i en bog der, mens et uendeligt antal døre blot venter på at blive åbnet. En bogbutik er et mulighedernes rum, og måske er det derfor, de forekommer så spektakulære. 
I denne serie af indlæg vil jeg fremvise nogle af de litterære drømmelande, jeg støder på, og som jeg vil anbefale enhver læser at tage forbi, hvis muligheden byder sig. 


Europas største bogbutik. Det er da noget, man kan prale med! Waterstones ved Piccadilly Circus er imponerende og næsten lidt afskrækkende med sine seks etager og over 200.000 forskellige titler. 
Det er en af de butikker, hvor man skal vide, hvad man leder efter, når man går derind, ellers kan man hurtigt ende med at bruge flere timer på at kigge. Jeg har aldrig været i London uden at besøge butikken, for der er noget magisk ved at være omgivet af så mange bøger. Det kan dog også blive lidt for overvældende, men så er det jo praktisk, at de har en café, hvor man kan få en kop kaffe og hvile fødderne lidt. 




Waterstones fremstår generelt virkelig professionelt og inspirerende. Jeg er især vild med deres små bogopsætninger på borde rundt omkring i deres butikker. Skilte markerer temaer, genrer eller serier, og det kan være alt fra julebøger til en samling af de bedste bøger fra 30'erne. Der er ingen grænser for kreativiteten ved disse samlinger, og det gør det at gå på opdagelse endnu sjovere. 




Udover bøger sælger de også papirartikler og bogrelaterede nipsgenstande. Notesbøger, kopper, penne, spil, kort og plakater. Det er ikke svært at bruge penge her.  



Der er dedikeret meget plads til fiktion, men med seks etager er der plads til meget andet end fiktion. For eksempel har de en stor afdeling med bøger om musik, ligesom de har en afdeling med kunstbøger og modebøger. En hel etage består af børnelitteratur, og der er rig mulighed for at nørde nicheinteresser. 




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If you're a reader, dream worlds are not uncommon to you. In fact, readers can escape into two kinds of dream worlds: the ones we surrender to in the books we read, and the ones we can physically step into in the shape of book stores. In books we can live, at least for a while, in parallel universes - experience new places and  meet new people, and we can laugh, cry and fall in love with them. This is the first kind of dream world. A second kind is the book store. Here we get to wander between shelves and shelves of books, read the backs and flip through the pages, while an infinity of doors are just one small choice away from being opened. A book store is a space of possibilities, and maybe that's why they are so spectacular. 

In this series of posts I will share some of the most magnificent bookstores I've been to. I hope you'll like them all just as much as I did! 

Europe's largest book store! Waterstones close to Piccadilly Circus is impressive and almost a little frightening with its six floors and more than 200.000 unique titles.
It is one of those stores where you kind of need to know what you're looking for, as you might get lost for several hours just browsing, if you don't. There is something magical about being surrounded by so many books, but if it becomes a little too overwhelming it's always possible to pop into their cafe, have a cup of coffee and rest your feet.

In general Waterstones seem so professional and inspiring. I especially like how they set up small tables with a selection of books covering the same theme, genre og series. It can be anything from a table with Christmas books to a table with a selection of the best books from the 30s. It seems there are no limits to the creativity, which makes exploring a tad more exciting and fun. 

A lot of space is dedicated to fiction, but with six floors there's obviously plenty of space for more than fiction. They have an area dedicated to books on music, just as they have areas with art books and fashion books and so on. A whole floor is just children's literature.

Waterstones Piccadilly is easy to get lost in. So either plan your visit or make sure you have time enough to go on an adventure. 

7 kommentarer:

  1. Wow, er vist alt man kan sige til den boghandel.
    Jeg kom kun kort forbi den sidst jeg var der, men min veninde og jeg havde travlt så vi nåede desværre ikke indenfor. :(

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    1. Ja, man bliver lidt målløs over den!
      Det var vel nok en skam, det er lidt af en oplevelse. Måske du får muligheden for det en anden gang :-)

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  2. Det er på alle måder slaraffenland! ♥


    Mvh.
    Den lille Bogblog

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  3. Åh, jeg døde sådan, da jeg var der for første og eneste gang i 2012. Magen til bogdrøm!

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  4. Hi Ida,
    After I had returned from Berlin, I read your post “En læsers drømmeland #3 Waterstones Piccadilly I London”. This post is an excellent recommendation for the next trip to London. There is a similar huge bookstore over five floors in Berlin, the Dussmann. The store is also easy to find. It is situated on Friedrichstaße No.90, near the city train station of the same name. Entering that store I never get out without a book. I just can’t control myself. You wrote: “In books, we can live, at least for a while, in parallel universes.” It is a similar feeling as it is expressed by Gaiman “I lived in books more than I lived anywhere else.” Nice!
    Best regards
    Wolfgang

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    1. Hey Wolfgang

      I hope you had a lovely time in Berlin. You probably don't know it, but I actually lived in Berlin for a little longer than a year. I unfortunately didn't learn to speak German, while I was there, but I had the best time! And I absolutely LOVE Dussmann. I have spent many hours browsing their English section. Whenever I visit Berlin I always try to stop by.

      Ah, I like Gaiman's quote. And he is definitely someone who I don't mind sharing thoughts with ;-)

      I hope you're well.
      All the best
      Ida

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