BookShelf of the Week: Honesty Bookshop

Located in the grounds of Hay Castle, Wales is the Honesty Bookshop, a 24-hour open air bookshop where people select books and post the money for them through a small letterbox (see pictures below). My first fear was (still is) the book’s exposure to the elements but I’m hoping that they are snapped up so fast that they’re not too affected by rain etc. I showed my wife this picture. ‘There’s no way you’re going there!’ she said. She knows I’d try to ‘rescue’ everything :o)

The Honesty Bookshop is just a small taster of the bookish goodness that Hay-on-Wye offers. It may a small village but it houses no less than 38 individual bookshops, which in my eyes is a little piece of heaven on earth.

Anyway here are a few more Flickr shots of the Honesty Bookshop (click on any of them to go to the larger versions):

About Rob

Rob, a self-confessed bibliophile, is without any hope of rehabilitation. He gets unnaturally excited over anything book-shaped, and if book sniffing were a crime then he would have been locked up years ago (which wouldn't bother him in the slightest provided his cell was lined with books).


  1. Wow, what an interesting concept! I wonder who came up with an idea like that?

  2. Now that’s my kind of town!

  3. I arrived here via the excellent Debra Hamel interview. I have had a few camping holidays in Wales, and it always struck me as a very wet place. So I too would want to rescue many of these books before they got wet! I really must go to Hay on Wye one of these days. Lovely photos.

  4. Rob (Twitter: robaroundbooks)

    Looks like I have a bit of competition in the ‘rescuing’ stakes then :o) Nice to meet you Pierre

  5. Tracy Bryant says:

    One of the most riveting books I’ve read in a month of Sundays is Sixpence House: Lost in a Town of Books by Paul Collins. He is a writer who went to live in Hay-on-Wye for a time. There’s no real plot, but his wanderings through the various bookstores and the literary tidbits he throws in made me happy to follow him wherever he went.

    I note with chagrin that there were _40_ bookstores in Hay when Collins lived there.

  6. Rob (Twitter: robaroundbooks)

    Tracy – Lol either Mr. Collins can’t count or the ‘credit crunch’ is really starting to bite :o) Sounds like quite an interesting book though!


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