Dreams of owning a bookmobile have been rekindled. How’s this for literary escapism?
Owner of The Book Barge, Sarah Henshaw, explains to Lee Rourke writing for The Guardian: “By setting up on a canal boat, we hope to promote a less hurried and harried lifestyle of idle pleasures, cups of tea, conversation, culture and, of course, curling up with an incomparably good Book Barge purchase… I hoped that by creating a unique retail space, customers would realise how independent bookshops can offer a far more pleasurable shopping experience than they’re likely to find online or on the discount shelves at supermarkets.”
How fab is that? Don’t you wish you were idling by on a floating bookstore right now? Watching the English countryside glide by…
The best part is the owners are currently in the midst of a six month tour around the country to raise awareness about the plight of independent bookshops. You can follow their adventures on their blog and learn about ways to support them here.
As a side note, I get a kick out of their name: The Book Barge @ Large.
This is what it looks like on the inside.