Visited: April 2011 and November 2015
It’s always very busy in Whitby bookshop and quite rightly too. It has an amazing range of local and Goth related books as well as everything else (including a very nice book lover/stationery gift shop at the back).
If you do have a bookshop in Whitby you just have to pay homage to Dracula and all things macabre and The Whitby bookshop does it very well. For my two visits I have purchased: A graphic version of Dracula, The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, ‘Gothic – The evolution of a sub-culture’ by Chris Roberts, Hywel Livingstone and Emma Baxter-Wright, ‘Zombies’ by Roger Luckhurst and Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allen-Poe. So they’ve done alright out of me.
Apart from the contents of the store, it’s a lovely building and has a wonderful but creaky spiral staircase in the middle going to the second floor. There’s also a nice comfy armchair for a longer browse. All the right ingredients.
The staff were knowledgeable and friendly. You can see that they provide an excellent service for locals and tourists with their order/collect system and a nod to their local surroundings. I ended up buying far more than intended because their book displays had me when I walked in the door!
Bookshop for the bookish?
Yes, for the bookish and the tourist too.
Buchhandlung Liebe Score: ♥♥♥♥♥