From the LSE Review of Books: an occasional series in which their reviewers recommend second-hand bookshops around the world.

Elaine Housby, a Religious Studies academic and regular LSE Review of Books Contributor, writes about the second-hand bookshops of Northumberland, including the famous Barter Books.

 I have always loved second-hand bookshops. It is the element of chance, of serendipity, that is so fascinating about them.

You can read the complete article at the LSE Review of Books here: Second-hand bookshops

The photo is copyright Elaine Housby.

About the author: Elaine and I were contemporaries at Cambridge. She has a Masters degree in Politics and Sociology from Birkbeck College, London, a Masters degree in Modern Middle East Studies from St Anthony’s College, Oxford and a PhD from the Open University for a thesis in the field of Religious Studies. She is the author of Islamic Financial Services in the UK and Islamic and Ethical Finance in the UK, both published by Edinburgh University Press.

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