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Brackley Antiques Cellar/BRACKLEY/Draymans Walk
Brackley Antiques Cellar  Open at advertised times
Draymans Walk   BRACKLEY   NN13 6BE
tel: 01280 841841 
Open:  7 days 10.00 - 5.00.
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Situated under the Waitrose supermarket. A huge area of treasures including thousands of books of a very high standard. Well worth a visit.  Chris Harte 19.05.09
Interesting place in a lovely town, even in the rain, but the books such as they were scattered throughout numerous antiques stalls and number in the hundreds and not the thousands. Much very dead stock and the whole place smelled damp , rather surprising as under Waitrose, a relatively new building. NWAD but the Old Hall Bookshop is worth a visit.  Jon Morgan 03.03.12
I'd agree with Mr Morgan the books were in the 100s and mostly dead stock. He is also correct about the damp and musty smell. Also if you are politically motivated then perhaps the UKIP sticker on the front door might make you think twice before entering. Inside there is a vast array or antique stalls and 1 which did postcards so the books are merely 'mixed in'. There was an onsite cafe and toilets but we decided to eat on the high street instead. Although I picked up 1 title here at 20% off I would say NWAD if its books you seek.  Laurence Batchelor 14.06.14
Various parts of the cellar include selections of books but I would not go out of my way to visit for books alone.  SteveBrissle 04.08.14
I've been here a few times over the last year - most recently just last week - and the number of outlets here with books does vary a bit. Quite a few most recently but it IS primarily an antiques type place, not a bookshop. I always view the books being there as a bonus. Saying that, not found any to buy so far. If you're not interested in the antiques and collectibles side of things, probably NWAD. Worth popping in if you're visiting Old Hall Bookshop nearby though (which is WWAD).  Flip M 08.04.17
Visited again after 4.5yrs gap and the book holdings have improved somewhat. There is now an alcove at the back with 4 bookcases worth and Steven Rench from Shipston on Stour, Warwickshire, and main champion of the PBFA book fair in Stratford Upon Avon, now has 2 units inside 1 entirely of antiquarian stock and one which had a bookcase of military and history books. Pricing was fair and there are also other scatterings of books by the antique dealers.  Laurence Batchelor 06.12.18
Would reiterate previous comments. Some bargains to be had if you have a good look through. WAD.  David 24.12.18

Close Encounters/NORTHAMPTON/29 Abington Square
Close Encounters  Open at advertised times
29 Abington Square   NORTHAMPTON   NN1 4AE
tel: 01604 602311 
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New and secondhand comics and graphic novels.

Always a good stock of new and old comics plus ephemera/models etc. Staff are very knowledgeable and friendly. The owner once valued my large collection for free.  Ron Johnson 12.03.22

Heyford Books/NORTHAMPTON/155 Kettering Road
Heyford Books    Open at advertised times
155 Kettering Road  NORTHAMPTON  NN1 4BS
tel:  07814 555516  e-mail   web  
Open: Tuesday - Saturday 10.00 - 4.00
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An Amazon seller with a shop, recently moved into Northampton. Stock mostly non-fiction, reading area, refreshments, prices between 50p - £3.

Old Hall Bookshop/BRACKLEY/32 Market Place
The Old Hall Bookshop  Open at advertised times
32 Market Place   BRACKLEY   NN13 7DP
tel: 01280 704146  e-mail  web 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 9.30 - 5.30.
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Large general stock of new, secondhand and antiquarian titles, located in beautiful Georgian house. Fast ordering system for books in print and full booksearch service for those that aren't! Members of ILAB, ABA, PBFA, BA. - Established 1977.

Very good quality stock. They obviously take care about what books they buy in. Military in abundance. Visit recommended so long as you ignore the upper middle-class twittering mothers in the room set aside for children's books.  Chris Harte 19.05.09
Flourishing and well worth a visit.  Tony Laverick 25.06.09
Excellent shop with a large stock in most areas - yes it has a room for new children's books. Sensible prices seemingly good turnover too. Pleasant browsing environment.  Norman Davies 31.10.11
A beautiful shop in a beautiful building in a beautiful town. Stock was good new and old. Bit light on fiction but very good prices generally , excellent atmosphere. Almost everything a second hand bookshop should be! NB the antiques centre under Waitrose is very poor for books but wad for antiquey stuff.  Jon Morgan 03.03.12
Excellent secondhand section (and the new books were good too). Stronger on non-fiction but plenty of interest for readers, collectors, and dealers (and children too).  Steven Whitehead 13.09.12
A hand-picked stock with plenty of meat on the bones which deserves quality time and serious attention. I spent a small fortune and will visit regularly.  OWC 13.09.12
Always worth a visit. Great mostly non-fiction stock at sensible prices.  Steve Brissle 24.08.13
After reading so many positive reviews here about this book shop I decided to travel the 50 miles to see what I was missing. The shop itself is very beautiful and parking was easy nearby in the high street for 3 hours free. Both ladies inside were helpful and now the BUT there were just 7 naval books, 1 shelf of WW2 and around 2 shelves of biographies or aviation all of which were poor quality. I expected so much more! It took me all of 5 mins to browse all the shelves of topics I collect. I made the two ladies aware of my plight and they were helpful and went upstairs to check for more stock but sadly nothing appeared. How disappointing as when you walk in the front door you expect 3 floors of books to peruse when there is in fact just 1 spread around a few small rooms.  Laurence Batchelor 14.06.14
The stock does seem a little lighter but it is always worth a visit. Purchased yet another railway book at a very fair price.  SteveBrissle 04.08.14
Six years since my last review although I visit this excellent bookshop at least twice a year. I have absolutely no criticism to make of well laid out rooms and excellent stock. Subjects vary to satisfy everyone with pricing very fair. I had no hesitation in parting with my money for such varied titles. If you are very lucky you might be allowed in the huge storeroom at the rear of the main building. What is on those shelves is mind blowing.  Chris Harte 19.05.15
My 3rd visit here. Smaller than it appears from the outside but does contain a large antiquarian collection - almost like walking into the library at a NT place at times. Not huge overall and some genres like military are small, but usually an interesting selection across most genres nonetheless - and prices mostly reasonable. I picked up 2 paperbacks and a biog of Raleigh from 1882 in fine condition for 8 quid.  Flip M 15.03.16
My 2nd visit after 4.5yrs and I'm pleased to report that their stock of military had improved. Around 60% on the shop are new books but the 'old books' section and the 2nd-hand room to the right of the till is now brimming with stock all priced and categorized. Pricing is still a bit variable e.g. 2 naval books priced reasonably purchased, but an official history of WW2 in the Med 3 vols. of 4 £100 here whereas all 4 volumes were £40 at the antiques basement down the road in the same condition!  Laurence Batchelor 06.12.18

Sherwood Antiques/RUSHDEN/59 Little Street
Sherwood Antiques  Open at advertised times
59 Little Street   RUSHDEN   NN10 0LS
tel: 01933 0353265  
Open:  Tuesday & Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 11.00 - 5.00.
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Several shelves of books in the main shop and a room full of antique stock (much of it in fairly ropey condition) upstairs: viewable by request. I bought 6 or 7 books.  Richard 31.03.09