'Ripping Yarns bookshop is a treasure trove.' - Michael Palin.
So, folks, times are tough at the moment. Ripping Yarns, the antiquarian bookshop I work at in north London (and the home of Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops), has been a bookshop since the 1930s. We specialise in antiquarian children's books but stock all kinds of other fiction, and everything from comics and old newspapers to poetry, plays, art, and much much more. Celia Hewitt, the wife of poet Adrian Mitchell, took over the shop in the 1980s, and next month we'll find out the details for our new lease. Unfortunately, it looks as though we might not be able to stay open, which would be very sad indeed.
Apart from anything, wherever in the world you happen to be, if you have a local bookshop and you'd like them stay open - please do support them in any way you can. :)
We'll keep you posted about the bookshop, and hope to see some of you soon.
Lots of love. x