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Blickling Hall Bookshop/NORWICH/Blickling Hall (National Trust)
Blickling Hall Bookshop  Open at advertised times
Blickling Hall (National Trust)   Blickling   NORWICH   NR11 6NF
tel: 01263 738030  web 
Open:  7 days 10.00 - 5.00 (March - October). Winter opening times see website.
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A substantial stock of very reasonably priced good quality books all donated by visitors and supporters. All proceeds are for the benefit of the Blickling Estate. East Anglia's largest secondhand bookshop and now in its 15th year of trading. The house contains one of the trust's most important libraries and there is now a stamp shop with similar opening times to the bookshop.

Not visited, but reputedly has larger stock than at Felbrigg.  Richard Beaton 
Well worth a visit. A small hall and room with a wide range of books. All very clearly guided and sensibly priced. Staff very helpful. I left again with half a dozen bargains. Bookshop can be visited free.  Will George 27.03.08
I agree with Will George - best second hand bookshop attached to a National Trust House, that I know. Good tea shop just outside - so books AND buns what could be better!  Angie Santa 02.04.08
I have to confess that the shop turned out to be much better than I had expected, and the two bags of books we bought rounded off a most enjoyable visit.  TBG 18.06.08
I arrived shortly before closing not realising how large it is - apparently it was the first, and is the largest, of the Trust's Norfolk bookshops. Well worth a visit.  Henry Middleton 05.10.08
More than 10,000 books, shelf subject index, reasonable prices, helpful staff. A 3-carrier bag visit!  Richard Bridgland 30.06.09
Agree this is the best of the NT shops, excellent collection at good prices - at least 2 carrier bags!  Norman Davies 16.07.10
Certainly worth visiting but quality of stock this time seemed more the average charity shop fare. The Hall, cafe and bookshop get very busy most days, so don't expect a quiet browse.  Mark 08.06.12
Best NT shop I have seen and a strong selection in several areas eg classic fiction. Can you find the "top shelf"?  Herne 01.11.12
The "Top Shelf" hides behind a door near the Crime Section. Eighteen and over only, please!  Chris Porter 19.11.12
Well worth a visit. This shop has an excellent stock at very reasonable prices and the setting is quite delightful. I came away with a couple of full bags and will certainly be returning whenever I'm in the area.  Nicholas Pendower 01.03.14
Super bookshop, very large stock, found that a price was negotiable if too overpriced, so spent a lot more than I would have done.  Paulp 26.03.15
Revisited this week. Even bigger and better, frankly this is by a distance WWAD and is excellent for comprehensive variety and prices. A 2/3 full bag shop.  Norman Davies 01.05.15
Largest NT selection I've seen. Well organised, plenty under most topics. Prices very reasonable except in the antiquarian and collectible bit which looked a bit steep from the books I looked at, for not a lot.  Flip M 05.08.16
An excellent and well-organised bookshop that is full of the ordinary and the extraordinary. I have found a few hidden gems - out of print books - that I was delighted to find here. Worth a lot of browsing time and you can break for a coffee to peruse your new acquisitions right outside the shop. If you like browsing for books, stop by. You don't need to pay to enter the house to get to the bookshop or coffee shop.  Mark 06.10.16
Never know what you might find. Like a book of the Icknield Way. What a find!  Emma Kaye 19.12.16
Made a detour to revisit Blickling Hall bookshop. It certainly outshines most Oxfam shops. Well ordered, reasonably priced, chairs to sit on and friendly staff. The ephemera boxes are always worth a look.  Mary C 31.07.17
Exceptional bookshop, with a good stock and very reasonable prices and which would merit that description even if it were in a big city. The fact that it is situated in a picturesque setting with walks galore, two cafes and even a pub makes it even more worth taking the short excursion out from Norwich.  Steven kelly 13.11.17
Well worth visiting. Good prices. Came away with a boxful and bagful. By far the best NT bookshop we have seen. wwad.  David 09.04.19
I visited recently after a gap of some years and was amazed by the quality and variety of the books in stock, which must be the pick of what is donated. And the prices asked are not just ‘reasonable’, they’re give-away - presumably to aim for the highest possible turn-over so that however often you visit there will always be plenty of new stock available. We left with a dozen excellent buys for less than £20.  Henry Middleton 26.07.21

Book Heaven/DOWNHAM MARKET/The Marketplace
Book Heaven  Open at advertised times
The Marketplace   DOWNHAM MARKET   PE38 9DE
Open:  Friday & Saturday 8.30 - 4.00.
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Although mainly a market stall full to the brim of paperback novels, the surprise was finding a section dedicated to military history. The considerable number of books on offer looked quite good but I am not an expert on this subject.  Chris Harte 21.09.10
Singularly invisible! Small market area - no bookstall even charity shops were poor.  Jon Morgan 22.10.12

Book Sale/WELLS-NEXT-THE-SEA/58 Staithe Street
Book Sale  Open at advertised times
58 Staithe Street   WELLS-NEXT-THE-SEA   NR23 1AQ
Open:  Unknown
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Pulp / popular fiction / military not bad, some records 'Organised' by author but perhaps 'organised' is a little strong. Very little room to move and an overpowering stench of unwashed humanity - a client I suspect rather than staff(?)(although perhaps humanity is a little strong). Worth a browse if passing, NWAD (Take some strong mints.  Jon Morgan 17.08.12
Good place this, man is a birder, ask him about local spots. He has a good selection of wildlife books. Not for the faint hearted. Good atmosphere.  IAW 19.12.13
The shop opening hours are a bit haphazard. The owners have health problems and are not early birds so do not arrive before 11.00 a.m. Books and CDs are crammed in. Worth persevering.  Lucky Eddie 17.01.15
One fairly small room stacked out chiefly with modern popular paperbacks especially crime, thrillers, romance, but not really any collectables.. Well organised. Opens around 11.00 am.  Mark V 09.05.15
Mainly fiction from what I could see, sorted by author, across several bookcases. Also vinyl and CDs towards the back of the shop. Couldn't venture too far in as it's a very small shop and there were people in already which made it difficult to browse (late Friday lunchtime). I did see some Observers books on a shelf so guessing there is some non-fiction too but fiction seemed to be a specialty.  Flip M 03.08.18
Arrived midday on a Tuesday in April. Shop shut and no indication on when it might open again.  David 09.04.19
Been twice and closed each time.Opening times not advertised.  Alison Longhurst 15.02.20

Bookman/NORWICH/Bagleys CourtPottergate
The Bookman   Phone before travelling
Bagleys Court  Pottergate    NORWICH  NR2 1TW
tel:  01603 219950 
Open:  Thursday - Saturday 11.30 - 5.00.
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Secondhand books, comics and annuals. "The biggest little bookshop in town".

Pleasant people who said that they just had a very general stock with not too much in the way of old books. Ideal shop for the general reader.  Chris Harte 24.02.10
I was working on the opening times on TBG and duly turned up, having had some success in the bookshops of Norwich, and had some problems finding the entrance to theses premises, which appeared to be up a small flight of stairs. However it was to the left of the stairs in what appeared to be a postcard shop. The door was locked and the woman, clearly visible behind the counter mouthed 'We're closed' with an apparent degree of disdain and contempt for a potential customer ( you know, those creatures who make it possible for a business to continue) which made me unlikely to return here. NB the opening hours now appear to be Thursday Friday Saturday only.  Jon Morgan 26.09.15
Back again to this interesting shop. Bought a good £2 item of 'Eugene Boudin', the pre-Impressionist man.  Chris K 13.07.17
Came along on 9 October at 4pm to find shoo closed. Nothing on door with opening hours so might be worth people checking in advance.  Tim 09.10.21

Books For Amnesty/NORWICH/152a Unthank Road
Books For Amnesty  Open at advertised times
152a Unthank Road   NORWICH   NR2 2EB
tel: 01603 627078  e-mail  web 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.30.
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Within easy reach of the city centre, set on a shopping street in the Golden Triangle. Come along to browse our large range of Second-hand Books. A 20 minute walk from the city centre and on a bus route between UEA and the City Centre. There is a bus stop right outside the shop. There is also free parking (30min and 2hr) on Onley Street, next to the shop.

Not a bad stock in a light and airy shop. The staff were pricing items according to ABE listings — Oh dear! general prices were quite good though and on a par with Oxfam.  Jon Morgan 13.06.19

Bookworms of Cromer/CROMER/9 New Street
Bookworms of Cromer  Open at advertised times
9 New Street   CROMER   NR27 9HP
tel: 01263 515078 
Open:  Monday - Friday 10.00 - 5.00, Saturday 11.00 - 5.00, closed Wednesday.
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Large general stock.

Competitively priced general secondhand books in consistently good condition.  TBG 
Situated in a side street it was a joy to enter the shop just to get away from the chip fat smell which permeates the surrounding area. General stock which was being snapped up by holiday-makers trying to find something to occupy their time in a rather depressing town.  Chris Harte 24.02.10
Fairly limited but well presented and good condition stock. A little pricey.  Norman Davies 16.07.10
Always pop in when visiting from Norwich. Rarely come away empty-handed.  Bill E 07.07.11
Excellent books, good range and well priced.  Andy 31.08.11
A very well-kept selection and good on biography and fiction.  Herne 01.11.12
Chris Harte has it absolutely right for the town and this bookshop is a surprising oasis. It has a good general stock and the lack of a wifi signal did not stop the ever helpful owner allowed me on line on his desktop to check Librarything. Check it out if in town. there is really no other reason to be there!  Jon Morgan 14.08.13
This is indeed a good if smallish shop: Much Binding in Church Street has more books. Shocked by the criticisms above, I wish to write in defence of Cromer which is a charming, old-fashioned seaside town well worth anyone's time to visit!  Laurence Purcell 29.08.13
The window display in itself is delightful, frequently changed, always enticing.  Margaret 21.08.14
Delightful shop - a pleasure to while away time in here, and have always picked up half a dozen books on my visits, very reasonably priced. And I too always enjoy my visits to Cromer.  Yossarian 14.11.14
Revisited this week, good general stock at reasonable prices, I like this old fashioned but well organised shop. I think bookshops like this and seaside towns go well together making for a good day out.  Norman Davies 01.05.15
A surprising find in such a location, but there were plenty of customers when I visited so perhaps it helps! I made several purchases at reasonable prices and was offered a small discount. I too would defend Cromer - architecturally interesting and an important part of British seaside history.  Henry Middleton 20.07.15
Bookshop that looks as if it ought to be in a model village (sash windows and shadowy interior), but nestles incongruously between takeaways. Like many shops in resorts, it seems to go in for specialisms like local history or transport, but there's also plenty of fiction and books on the arts, the window display is enticing, and prices are fair. The "chip fat" mentioned before is actually from the county's best fish and chip shop, which is in the same street.  Paul O 15.11.15
Well organised with very reasonable prices.Owner not the most chatty person but kindly gave me a small discount on 4 books. But why no opening times displayed?  Roger Cooper 10.06.16
Lovely bookshop, friendly staff, good stock in good condition.  Bazza 02.09.16
A lovely bookshop! Hidden away behind a wooden door with only a small shop sign to give a clue, its a great little bookshop and the prices are very reasonable - 2 book we found were old hardbacks in excellent order for only a pound each! Doesn't smell musty but still smells like an old bookshop. Well organised shelves meant it even got my wife's seal of approval! Small but interesting and WWAD.  Flip M 18.02.17
More than ten years has passed since my last visit and this little shop is still one of the best things about Cromer. Small but interesting selection and the kinds of prices that make you buy more than you had intended. WWAD.  Steven Kelly 27.02.17
Decent stock as usual and very fair prices. Quite a few bargains I reckon. This shop is always a pleasure to visit and I always exit with a purchase.  Ian 01.07.17
Never disappoints, looking forward to my next visit always good value.  Bazza 15.09.18
Well worth visiting. Have been here twice now and always find something. Good stock and good prices.  David 09.04.19
Clean,tidy, very reasonably priced & friendly. A must for any book junkie like me. I have visited this shop since it opened in 1988 and always manage to find something. Easily the best bookshop in Norfolk!  Sallyann 10.10.19

Brazen Head Book Shop/BURNHAM MARKET/Greenside
The Brazen Head Book Shop  Open at advertised times
Greenside  Market Place   BURNHAM MARKET   PE31 8HF
tel: 01328 730700 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 9.30 - 5.00 & Sundays in summer.
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Very large general stock and children's, art, topography and gardening.

Excellent range, good prices and in the process of expanding.  Kim Andrews 
On the day we visited it was impossible to get into the architecture room because a bookslide had completely blocked the doorway. Still, the downstairs rooms are more organised, with plenty of good books in the front room cabinets.  TBG 18.06.08
A high turnover of fresh stock coming through the door at sensible collector-friendly prices.  Avid Book Collector 01.04.09
Stunning location, great selection, good value prices - well worth a visit  Brett 17.09.09
A lovely shop worth return visits with good turnover and sensible prices. Particulalry good on topography, art and travel.  Norman Davies 16.07.10
This shop is all that others have said. Some of its stock however was a little tired and difficult to see in the rear rooms as the shelving was so close together. The children's fiction (vintage and modern) is outstanding.  Jon Morgan 17.08.12
An admirable bookshop, with a particularly strong selection of interesting and unusual paperback fiction and vintage hardback fiction. A pleasure to browse.  Mark 21.11.13
Of all the bookshops I visited on the north Norfolk coast this was probably the best, with a fairly comprehensive and realistically priced stock (art being particularly well represented). It very much depends what youre looking for as to whether a special visit would be fruitful, but, as with all of the other bookshops in this part of the world, Im afraid that I found nothing to excite me.  Nicholas Pendower 12.02.14
Revisited last week, I do like this real s/h shop and a s usual I came away with some interesting volumes. To me is WAD for the general collector and a a pleasant village with nice teas nearby.  Norman Davies 01.05.15
One of those old fashioned bookshops where it looks quite small from the outside but then once inside, another room becomes visible, then another ... Lovely! Prices were a mix - I found 3 books for 11 quid which I was happy with - but there were a couple of things which I thought were a bit steep. Lots of choice though - most categories covered and certainly a lot to browse through, makes this shop one to return to, next time I'm up that way - and WWAD. Burnham Market does seem to get clogged with traffic, which is a shame (about 10 am on a Friday, our visit) but there is a big new car park a short walk from the market square.  Flip M 05.08.16
A 2nd visit - also on a Friday morning and far quieter in the village this time. Shop is still a joy - lots of shelving to meander through and upstairs rooms to peruse. I popped in on the off chance an obscure old football book I spotted last year was still there - and it was! Turned out to be a bargain after all. Came away with that and a couple of other things. WWAD, once again.  Flip M 18.02.17

Buffer Stop Books/NORWICH/Wroxham Station
Buffer Stop Books  Open at advertised times
Wroxham Station  Belaugh Road  Hoveton   NORWICH   NR12 8UU
tel: 01263 733 858  web 
Open:  7 days 10.00 - 4.45 (times subject to change during special events).
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Fund-raising bookshop with over 5,000 pre-owned books for sale and a wide selection of records, CDs and DVDs.

Advertised as "over 5000 pre-owned books for sale" and housed in a large wooden shed next to the platform at Wroxham. Most books are £1 (even the hardbacks) but some are also priced individually. The volunteer behind the counter apologised for one of my purchases being £3 - "is that alright?" My wife thought there was a good spread of fiction titles, whilst the other subjects were less represented but there still appeared to be some bargains available. Worth a look if in the area: the shed is a couple of minutes walk from the "proper" railway station at Hoveton & Wroxham, and less than ten minutes walk from the centre of town.  Graeme Rendall 18.06.16

Ceres Bookshop /SWAFFHAM/20 London Street  
Ceres Bookshop   Open at advertised times
20 London Street    SWAFFHAM  PE37 7DG
tel:  01760 722504  e-mail   web  
Open:  Monday - Saturay 9.00 - 4.00
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A wide range of new and secondhand books on all subjects and a large selection of maps. Book search facility available. Reductions for special interest groups.

On entering the shop I had no idea what I would find tucked away in corners. Half an hour later my wallet was lighter but I had purchased some splendid books. I left behind many rare rural Broads and sporting titles which, I was amazed to be told, had been on the shelves for ages. If you collect material on regional country pursuits then search these shelves.  Chris Harte 24.02.10
Hardly a wide range of second hand books but a reasonable selection at the rear of a new bookshop, Ideal for those who are vertically challenged, I nevertheless found two gems. Pleasant staff in a very pleasant town - a surfeit of charity shops, worth browsing.  Jon Morgan 17.08.12
This now has an excellent tea room at the rear making for a pleasant quick (limited stock not over exciting s/h stock in mainly new books) browse then leisurely pot of tea.  Norman Davies 01.05.15
Nice little shop with new books at the front and a tearoom at the back. Sandwiched between is a modest selection of secondhand books, reasonably priced and on a general range of subjects.  Steven Kelly 27.02.17
Not very big but well worth visiting. Have found a few gems here. Prices good.  David 09.04.19

City Bookshop /NORWICH/10 Davey Place  
City Bookshop   Open at advertised times
10 Davey Place    NORWICH  NR2 1PQ
tel:  01603 626113  e-mail   web  
Open:  Monday - Friday 9.30 - 5.15, Saturday 9.00 - 5.45, Sunday 10.30 - 4.00
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Stock in the tens of thousands. Situated in the heart of Norwich on a bustling pedestrianised street linking the historic Norman Castle with Norwich Market, The City Bookshop is an independent family run bookshop with over 30 years experience in the book trade. We sell new local plus remaindered, second-hand and antiquarian books on a range of subjects including Local History (Norwich, Norfolk, Suffolk and The Broads), Art, Children's, Cookery, Fiction, History, Military, Topography, Transport to name a few. Our experienced staff are always there should you need them.

Good collection of new & secondhand books, remaindered titles and antiquarian stock (50-60 titles, some local and fairly rare ones too!). Purchased some local history titles and browsed their antiquarian stock, very knowledgeable proprietor, helpful staff and well priced books. Some bargains to be had, definitely.  J Simo 11.12.10
A little over 18 months on, I should like to endorse J. Simo's comments. The East Anglia section was very strong and there were also a lot of good military history titles.  Geoffrey Warner 14.08.12
Very convenient for the castle and a good CD/DVD shop next door. Two floors with a mixture of secondhand and remaindered. Good topography section and some interesting history volumes.  Herne 01.11.12
Revisiting after two years to find the CD/DVD shop gone alas but this shop still has plenty going for it. Transport generally well catered but still strong in the areas mentioned above.  Herne 20.02.15
This is an excellent shop with a good range and volume downstairs and a very strong local and older section upstairs including a print room. For me the best shop in Norwich.  Norman Davies 01.05.15
When I complimented the owner on his shop a nearby gentleman cried hear hear! Very neat shop, well stocked with a variety of books I particularly liked the way the books in the locked cabinets are clearly marked with the price. And I really liked the half price room, every shop should have one!  PaulP 03.07.15
Not a bad place if you are heavily into a) Norfolk and regional topography and b) remainders, Very few 'proper ' second hand books on view. The stock, with the above caveats, is reasonable over two floors in a side street off the main market square.  Jon Morgan 26.09.15
Decent shop - bought a good near-new item for £4.99.  Chris K 13.07.17
Good location. Couldn't find much secondhand stock of much interest to me, but the half price room upstairs and the £1 books outside were certainly acceptable.  Mary C 31.07.17
The death rows of remaindered books seem to have gained on the secondhand stock since my last visit but that may be in my imagination. Still well worth visiting especially for the large sections of military history and transport.  Laurence Purcell 27.08.21

Crab Pot Books/CLEY/High Street
Crab Pot Books  Phone before travelling
High Street   CLEY   NR25 7RN
tel: 01263 740218 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.00.
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I know this shop exists because a number of readers have referred to it, but as yet no one has visited, and I can't find a phone number for it.  TBG 12.07.07
According to the board outside opening hours 10.00 - 5.30 Monday to Saturday. However, on an August Tuesday afternoon at 1.45 p.m. the door displayed a notice (untimed) which read "Back in 30 minutes". It was still present (and the shop still shut) an hour later when I (and the other potential customers I noticed with noses pressed against the window) decided to call it a day and move on.

Perhaps I shall call in next summer, if it is still in business. This was a shame, since the stock looked good, and I spotted through the window several books in which I would have been interested. What would Drif have said?!"
  Henry Middleton 13.08.07
I'm so sorry to have disappointed Henry Middleton when he visited in August. It really is very rare for us to have to close unexpectedly, and I know exactly the day he refers to. I'd had to ask my partner to come and pick me up from the dentist having had a tooth extracted; there were some complications, and we were ages getting back. Still, that hardly helps. Do pass on our apologies, and we hope to see him next summer.  Louise Abbott (Crabpot Books) 29.09.07
These things do happen, and the Norfolk coast road can get very busy at times. I hope the tooth is better now, and I hope to be that way next summer to call in.  Henry Middleton 08.10.07
Bright, well laid out, and offered a surprising variety of competitively priced secondhand books. Norfolk and natural history are an obvious choice of specialism, and there was a well-stocked bookcase of New Naturalist titles.  TBG 18.06.08
It is one of my favourite bookshops. I visit 4 or 5 times a year and always walk away with something. Broad selection of books with good sections on natural history and ornithology. Always worth a visit.  Trevor Cook 23.12.11
Pleasant, light and spacious shop with resident langorous cat. Good selection of literary fiction, art and Folio books, reasonably priced. Well worth a visit.  Mark 08.06.12
Great book shop, very knowledgeable owners and very friendly - especially the cat! Always look forward to visiting, never leave without a number of purchases. Looking forward to seeing the new shop in Wells-next-the-Sea. Good luck with it.  Stevie Gray 12.07.12
Did not manage to visit this one but stopped in at the above mentioned new one in Wells Next the Sea. Very limited stock in a light and airy, pleasant shop in The Staithes.  Jon Morgan 17.08.12
What a great secondhand bookshop. No stock is on the net and the prices are often very reasonable . I found some quality items . Worth a special visit and open as published despite review below. This shop is strong on ornithology but great other sections to.  Ed Yardley 21.06.14
Like Ncholas Pendower I have to say this and Wells shop below were nice, pleasant, friendly, and very strong on locals, ornithology and natural history-type books, but dissappointing for other areas with mainly modern books. So do visit if in the area but take note of specialities. Super cat in Cley.  Norman Davies 01.05.15
Always worth calling in if passing (and the availability of the parking space outside is a bonus in Cley!). Friendly owner and good stock, strong in ornithology and natural history, as one might expect given the location. There is an outstanding selection of the New Naturalist series but at prices high even by NN standards.  Henry Middleton 20.07.15
We make sure to pop in to visit Marcie and Louise when we are up and usually find several gems that my husband has been looking for for years, or me finding a new gardening, cooking or bird book. We are very lucky to have Crabpot Books.  Allison Holmes 08.08.15
Despite making two visits here on different days and at different times we did not succeed in finding it open at it's advertised times.  David 09.04.19

Crab Pot Books/WELLS-NEXT-THE-SEA/Staithe Street
Crab Pot Books  Open at advertised times
Staithe Street   WELLS-NEXT-THE-SEA   NR23 1AF
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The stock is clearly aimed at the tourist trade but is in far better condition than 'Old & New' and priced accordingly. A 'tourist' version of their other shop just down the A149 in Cley I suspect, though I did not have the time to visit the Cley shop this time.

Less interesting than the Cley Crab Pot shop. Smallish stock of mostly more recent books at the lighter end, some perhaps remainders (or similar in type).
  Mark 21.11.13
I visited the shops in both Cley and Wells and in each case I was welcomed by very helpful owners. The shops are light and airy and contain a stock which is all in excellent condition, and contains some very attractive things. However, if you are looking for the sort of unusual or quirky item that hides in the corner or dusty shelf of a traditional bookshop you are not likely to find it here, and as others have already stated, the stock has a strong bent towards natural history and ornithology (probably aimed at the large holiday trade in this part of Norfolk). Worth popping in if youre in this part of the country, but don't make a special trip.  Nicholas Pendower 12.02.14
The best secondhand bookshop in Wells. The prices are often very reasonable . I found some quality items . Well worth a special visit to this shop & their one in Cley.  Ed Yardley 21.06.14
Friendly welcome asking if I needed help or was happy to browse (personally I love to browse). Well organised and fairly modern shop, spacious. Prices seemed reasonable enough in a fairly general stock but I didn't find anything in my main interests (military history and old football) and nothing I wanted in my others.  Flip M 03.08.18
Stock in good condition but pricey.(£12.50 seemed to be a favourite price for varied titles although going up to £20.00 for larger books) Due to being in a tourist town no doubt.  David 09.04.19

Dormouse Bookshop/NORWICH/29 Elm Hill
The Dormouse Bookshop   Open at advertised times
29 Elm Hill    NORWICH  NR3 1HG
tel:  01603 621021 
Open: Tuesday - Saturday 10.00 - 4.00
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Medium general stock, East Anglia, travel, natural history, crime fiction, entertainment and science fiction.

Small shop in a lovely old street. Flagstone floor. Pleasant, friendly owner is a good salesman. No stock on the internet. WAD (Worth A Detour)  Chris K 16.07.10
Thought I ought to correct some details about this shop. No science fiction however loads of children's books, local books and military history. Helpful owner. For me the best book shop in Norwich.  Fontis 27.07.10
Lovely shop in beautiful street. Shop packed with interesting stock. Friendly owner. Plenty of crime fiction. Will be returning next opportunity.  Helen 30.07.11
My favourite bookshop in all of Norwich! the owner is very friendly and always helpful. The quality and selection of books is superb, prices are very reasonable. Situated in the historic Elm Hill it's the perfect setting for this little shop. I am a regular visitor.  Lenore 03.03.12
Helpfully arranged shop - transport and military history are well represented.  Herne 20.02.15
I don't like criticising small shops at all but this one is damp, very damp, cold even on a hot day, for the sake of the his health (and his books) the owner should invest in a dehumidifier and a blow heater. otherwise agree with above comments.  PaulP 03.07.15
I agree with all the comments above, particularly regarding the friendliness and helpfulness of the owner. Can't say I noticed any damp! A must to visit if you are in Norwich!  Henry Middleton 20.07.15
The first thing you notice is the smell of damp which I have to say is common to many bookshops in old premises. None of the books I looked t were damp tho. It recalled the bookshops of my childhood and there ws good solid stock here with some quality old children fiction. The prices for the limited stock of modern fiction - esp. Terry Pratchett hardbacks (Death seems to fix a premium) seemed a little steep, all the more so considering I later bought two in the charity bookshops for under £2. However worth a browse and worth supporting.  Jon Morgan 26.09.15
Back again and found the more updated Shell Guide of Norfolk. Cost me £9.50. It's a fairly small shop but lots of interesting items to check out.  Chris K 13.07.17
Cramped, higgledy piggeldy and poorly lit, this shop is nonetheless a joy to visit. Especially strong on older fiction (including crime) and children's books (fans of Biggles, Jennings and Bunkle, hurry, hurry, hurry!). I suspect that you may not find many bargains, though.  Laurence Purcell 27.08.21

EACH Charity Shop/DISS/32-33 Chapel Street
EACH Charity Shop  Phone before travelling
32-33 Chapel Street   DISS   IP22 4AN
tel: 01379 651939 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 4.30.
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EACH gives the whole second floor over to second-hand books (circa 2,500 books, mostly paperbacks and hardback reprints). The EACH charity has a policy of rotating stock between their various shops. However, EACH don't sell online via ABE or Ebay so bargains may still be had.  Avid Book Collector 12.09.08
Very disappointing: we drove down from Norwich on purpose to visit the shop, got there at 3.50 and found it closed.  Sue Sims 24.08.13
Space given over to books has been reduced a little (Jan 2015) and of late the quality of books on offer has been rather more run of the mill.  Chris M 24.02.15

Em’s Emporium/DERSINGHAM/7 Jubilee Court (behind Boots) Hunstanton Road
Em’s Emporium  Open at advertised times
7 Jubilee Court (behind Boots) Hunstanton Road  DERSINGHAM  PE31 6HH
tel:  01485 522013 mob: 07810430497  e-mail   web   
Open: Monday - Friday 09.30 - 4.30, Saturday 09.30 - 2.00
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A bookroom in a new and nearly new toy, clothes and gift shop. Over 2000 general mainly modern books. Donation scheme supports charities.

A room of general books, many double-banked. Strong on fiction, particularly crime and thrillers and though some may be donations it has a better variety than that might suggest. A number of British Library classic crime books at a very reasonable £1.50 each.  Adrian 17.09.21

Felbrigg Hall Bookroom/NORWICH/Felbrigg Hall
Felbrigg Hall Bookroom  Phone before travelling
Felbrigg Hall  Garden & Park (National Trust)  Felbrigg   NORWICH   NR11 8PR
tel: 01263 837444  web 
Open:  Check website for opening times.
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Some useful fiction stock.  Michael Mendelblat 
The stock is tiny, a few hundred dull books, at best - not worth a detour.  Stephen 22.05.09
New bookroom opened recently. Now large selection, very good prices, WAD.  Norman Davies 16.07.10
Now stuffed with books, good varied stock but too many books I looked at were priced twixt £10 and £20 for 4 or 5 quid books so not many people where buying .. Price to sell is always best in charity shops to get the turnover and money rolling in.  Paulp 26.03.15
What a let down after Blickling! Have a look as you never know, but some ABE-inspired prices with no decent discounts and limited stock, some of poor condition, were a real disappointment.  Norman Davies 01.05.15
One small room of typical charity stock but moderately priced and some interesting chance finds. Car parking £2 unless National Trust member.  Mark V 09.05.15
A well organised room but not large. Prices seemed very reasonable. Did seem to be "typical charity" stock and not WAD unless visiting the property anyway.  Flip M 18.02.17

Freya Books _ Antiques/TACOLNESTON/St. Marys Farm
Freya Books & Antiques  Open at advertised times
St. Marys Farm  Cheneys Lane   TACOLNESTON   NR16 1DB
tel: 01508 489252 
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It's been a while since I visited, but this is basically a bloke who owns a farm which has a large barn full of antiques culled from sweeps of Europe. He also has a small room full of books which are reasonably interesting.  Avid Book Collector 08.08.13

Handcrafted Leather and Books/NORWICH/1 Market Place
Handcrafted Leather and Books  Open at advertised times
1 Market Place  Row A (top of the market) Stall 18   NORWICH   NR2 1ND
Open:  Monday - Saturday 12.30 - 4.30.
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Handmade leatherware / repairs and a whole array of secondhand fiction and non-fiction books are also sold.

Bought a very good item for £7.50. 'Norwich Photographic Memories' by Terence Sackett.  Chris K 13.07.17
I cannot recomend this stall. There are two long shelves of assorted and bewildered-looking hardbacks; everything else is paperback.  Laurence Purcell 27.08.21

Horning Post Office and Shop /NORWICH/39 Lower Street   Horning  
Horning Post Office and Shop   Open at advertised times
39 Lower Street   Horning    NORWICH  NR12 8AA
tel:  01692 630225  e-mail
Open:  Monday - Friday 8.30 - 5.00
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Norfolk/Suffolk local interest; Arthur Ransome novels, collectable and first editions; history, literature. Also greetings cards, jigsaws, stationery.

About 200 books fairly priced in bookshelves set amongst the other things post offices sell, plenty of Ransome and Broads history, a few shelves of other non-fiction, pleasant lady in charge, next to an excellent deli/cafe.  Paulp 26.04.19

J.C Books/WATTON/55 High Street
J.C Books  Open at advertised times
55 High Street   WATTON   IP25 6AB
tel: 01953 883488 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 4.30, closed Thursday pm.
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A large general secondhand stock and particularly, the theatre and performing arts. PBFA Member.

The owner and his wife where the best! I left 107 pounds lighter and feeling warm with the feeling of accomplishment of acquiring some great books on field sports and others on dogs.  Linda 
A good old-fashioned stock, well-organised and a knowledgeable owner.  Kim Andrews 
One of the best bookshops in East Anglia: wide ranging, interesting stock. Watton is not on the major routes through Norfolk but is well worth the detour.  Richard Beaton 
Definitely worth a detour!  Henry Middleton 
Although they don't buy much in, they still have a wealth of top range antiquarian stock in addition to much vintage theatrical ephemera.  Avid Book Collector 01.04.09
What a super bookshop. This is what I remember them to be like years ago. A most pleasant owner for whom nothing was too much trouble (even to the extent of offering to stay open late when I phoned ahead to check his closing time). He took me to the shelves where I needed to search and provided me with a chair. As you can imagine I found numerous books to purchase among his quality stock. I enjoyed looking through the shelves; the friendly attitude, and was quite taken with the East Anglian holdings. Very much a top of your list visit.  Chris Harte 24.02.10
Slightly disappointing given all the preceding reviews. It looked very promising despite the rain with a co-op car park at rear and the books on two floors receding into the distance. However the majority of the 1st floor is an Art Gallery with some very naff art. The fiction section has few titles from the last 10 years with it has to be said some good selections although not huge. Downstairs a good selection esp. in military history . Not close to the other bookshops of Norwich so it requires a detour. Is it worth it? In the spirit of keeping bookshops open rather than virtual, I would say yes! NB do not bother with the charity shops in this town as far as books are concerned.  Jon Morgan 16.02.13
I spotted this shop on my last Watton visit. Bookshops like this are becoming extremely rare in Norfolk. I wasn't disappointed. I found the 'film history' section and was in my element. Can't wait to go again.  Greg Chapman 24.04.15

JR and RK Ellis/NORWICH/53 St. Giles Street
JR and RK Ellis  Open at advertised times
53 St. Giles Street   NORWICH   NR2 1JR
tel: 01603 623679 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 8.00 - 4.30.
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Medium general stock including paperback fiction and publishers remainders.

Mainly fairly recent general stock. However, ideal for the student as there was a lot of used and remaindered academic material.  Chris Harte 24.02.10
A nice bright shop, with a helpful proprietor. The main shop room is floor to ceiling books with a strong modern language section and plenty of space so you do not feel confined. This room gives on to two others one main area with a very good fiction section.  Jon Morgan 16.02.13
Nice shop with helpful owner but nearly all recent material so do go if you are looking for recent fiction or more recent titles in most areas.  Norman Davies 01.05.15
Some good modern fiction with stock in most areas of interest. As previously observed, nothing of interest in older books for the 'collector'. That said a good welcome, good stock and reasonable prices. There is a multi storey car park along the road, convenient for most of the city centre bookshops  Jon Morgan 26.09.15
Main room is light and airy with well-labelled subject areas. Smaller room off has good variety of genre fiction.  RuthP 03.07.17
Back again after 7 years. Shop is well run. Bought a nice £3.99 p/b one.  Chris K 13.07.17
The book I purchased at the shop and had mailed to Canada arrived well wrapped and in good time. Thanks! Great service, and a lovely bookshop with a great selection.  C De Boeck 09.08.18
Generally well stocked and well worth a visit, though paperbackitis is rampant in the fiction section in particular.   Laurence Purcell 27.08.21

M and AC Thompson/WYMONDHAM/The Bookshop
M and AC Thompson  Open at advertised times
The Bookshop  1 Town Green   WYMONDHAM   NR18 0PN
tel: 01953 602244 
Open:  Wednesday - Friday 10.30 - 4.30, Saturday 10.00 - 4.30.
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General secondhand books including biography, entertainment, fiction and topography.

Useful and busy little shop with neat and well-organised stock. However, the owner does not attend trade auctions and relies solely upon stock brought in by customers or acquired from local charity shops. The best stock is taken home and sold via the internet using a different trading name. For this reason the shop is well-patronised by locals seeking general second-hand books but discerning collectors will find very little of interest. Don't ask for a discount, the owner will become very agitated and upset.  Avid Book Collector 12.09.08
I have just read my details in your list of secondhand bookshops in Norfolk and I am puzzled by a couple of points. Firstly, I do not take the best stock home to sell on the internet, only a small selection of books which have usually already spent some time in the shop. Secondly, I am amazed to read that I become "very agitated and upset" when asked to give discount. This is utter nonsense. As regular customers and other booksellers are well aware, I am usually very generous with my discounts. I feel that these comments are entirely unjustified and I resent the good reputation I have built over 27 years in Wymondham being misrepresented in this way  Allan Thompson, owner 06.11.08
I've always found the owner helpful and pleasant. I wonder if Avid Book Collector's disagreeable experience was as much to do with his own attitude to book buying and asking for discounts.  Stephen 22.05.09
I have nothing but praise for the owner, Alan Thompson. He is always friendly, polite and professional, and runs his business in a way which reflects his personal integrity. I recommend that you go and see for yourself!  Colin 28.07.09
A pleasant visit which saw me come away with a few titles which were priced most generously. I found the owner a decent chap who had time for a general chat while I was searching his shelves. In between the general old books was the occasional treat.  Chris Harte 24.02.10
I agree with all the responses to the original comment. This is a great little shop with an extremely affable patron. There is usually a guitar to pick up as well. The owner has a wealth of musical knowledge. Recommended.  Undercover 20.02.12
An excellent bookshop which I visit whenever I am in the area on business. Great to dig around the history section and fine some real quality items at excellent value. The owner is very polite and knows his customers well. So few bookshops left these days, I do hope this wonderful oasis doesn't dry up any time soon.  Tim 24.04.15
Always a pleasure to visit. Very friendly owner. I felt jealous of missing Dana Gillespie in the shop by a day or two!  Leffe At 49DS 03.07.15

Movie Shop/NORWICH/11 St. Gregory_s Alley
The Movie Shop  Open at advertised times
11 St. Gregory's Alley   NORWICH   NR2 1ER
tel: 01603 615239 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 11.30 - 5.30.
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Secondhand books on film and music and some more general stock.

Few bargains - stock includes DVDs and videos, magazines, posters, autographs. Some better reserve stock upstairs so do ask for specific wants. NFOH (Not Fond Of Hoovering).  Chris K 16.07.10
When you walk into this shop don't be put off by the ocean of DVDs and CDs - look under the tables and you'll find boxes full of magazines and comics, with some real gems.  RuthP 03.07.17

Much Binding/CROMER/36 Church Street
Much Binding  Phone before travelling
36 Church Street   CROMER   NR27 9ES
tel: 01263 517194  e-mail  web 
Open:  Summer only Tuesday - Sunday 10.00 - 4.00.
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A general secondhand stock with a leaning towards history, science and older books.

Only seems to open in summer months.  Chris Harte 24.02.10
Bit of an old books home. Pleasant, helpful lady on duty.  Chris K 16.07.10
An excellent, decent-sized shop with good stock of literary fiction and detective fiction, but also plenty on other subjects. Courteous and knowledgeable owner.  Mark 08.06.12
Very pleasant owner and a good stock of (sometimes vintage) paperbacks for the general reader.  Herne 30.10.12
Closed for a week or two when visited in early October.  Mark 21.11.13
Have been in Cromer several times over the years, and not once has this shop been open. Sigh. Its not that I'm angry, just disappointed, and a little jealous of the owner's lifestyle.  Yossarian 14.11.14
Behind a window full of bric-a-brac (not sure why), you'll find a stacked-to-the-rafters bookshop that holds a few surprises. For example, several shelves of English-language African novels, piles of literary anthologies I've never seen, and the metaphysical thrillers of Charles Williams. There's some absolute lumber too, but it's great to browse.  Paul O 15.11.15
Just confirming its still there - and still has old bric a brac in the window; most odd. A little card on the closed door said reopening 1 May, so I guess the "summer months only" rule still applies.  Flip M 18.02.17
Open on my Saturday visit in June. Fascinating stock. Loads of hope here. Achieves that rare thing...organised chaos. Really enjoyed my browse. But it had to be short. Looking forward to returning with more time. Expect surprises, though probably not bargains.  Ian 01.07.17
Fascinating shop full to the brim with just my sort of books! Helpful, friendly owner who knows his stuff.  RuthP 03.07.17

No 8 The Old Bookshop/DOWNHAM MARKET/8 High Street
No 8 The Old Bookshop  Status unknown, update requested
8 High Street  DOWNHAM MARKET  PE38 9DB
tel:  01366 387874  e-mail   web
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A charity bookshop supporting WDNA

A well organised and laid out bookshop with better than normal charity shop stock. Friendly staff. Prices obviously checked so can be high for a charity shop but still good value. Lots of paperback fiction, reasonably priced, good selection of non fiction, including railway and military.   HB 25.09.21

Old Reading Room/HOLT/The Street
The Old Reading Room  Open at advertised times
The Street   Kelling   HOLT   NR25 7EL
tel: 01263 588227 
Open:  7 days 9.30 - 4.00.
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Tea room and gift shop with a general stock of secondhand books.

Varied stock with emphasis on rural topics, birdwatching etc. You need to weave in and out of the tables to check the stock.  Michael Mendelblat 
In a decade of visiting, the stock has barely changed. I feel it's there as much for decoration as anything else, something for the cafe customers to read while they have their coffee and cake  Stephen 25.05.09
We love this place - friendly atmosphere, great food and we've picked up all sorts of interesting ephemera & books at reasonable prices.  Charles & Geraldine 31.03.11
A small stock, Increasingly becoming a tea room rather than a boookshop.  Andy 31.08.11
Small stock, much of it in bookcases behind tables where people are eating and drinking, so hard to get at. The books seen were often tatty and over-priced. Not worth a detour.  Mark 08.06.12

Old Station Pottery _ Bookshop /WELLS-NEXT-THE-SEA/2 _ 4 Maryland  
The Old Station Pottery & Bookshop   Phone before travelling
2 & 4 Maryland    WELLS-NEXT-THE-SEA  NR23 1LY
tel:  01328 710847  e-mail   web
Open:  Friday - Monday 11.00 - 5.00. Tuesday - Thursday closed. Closed for lunch 12.30 - 1.30.
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Three rooms of secondhand books, particularly older children's ("Ripping yarns and improving tales"), art, poetry and a large stock of paperback fiction.

3 rooms of books in the main building and a fourth (mainly paperbacks) in the garden. Strong on Victorian/Edwardian children's books and fiction. When you've found something you want to buy, ring the old handbell vigorously to call the owner down from upstairs.  Richard Beaton 
Good for children's fiction and art, and there are also two remainder and secondhand paperback shops in the main street.  TBG 18.06.08
Did not look terribly promising but the building, the old Station in Wells is fascinating with displays of how it used to look, It appears dilapidated but has some gems in the main building - Very strong on children's and its modern fiction appeared anything but - the annex however more than makes up for it. The Pottery itself is excellent and graced by a 19 year old fluffy ginger cat by the name of Norman.  Jon Morgan 17.08.12
Unusual, characterful stock in a fascinating building, with interesting ceramics and bric-a-brac too. Opening hours a bit erratic but worth persevering.  Mark 21.11.13
Atmospheric premises, for the pottery and the memory of the railway station. A good mixed stock, including some Penguins, but some of the latter 'ambitiously' priced.  James Mackay 26.07.14
For me the best s/h shop in Norfolk, nicely laid out in an old station building. I found much in my topographic, children's, history and transport interests and found the prices average. Took me back to the good old days of lovely old shops which have disappeared from so many towns.  Norman Davies 01.05.15
Sign on door saying "Taking short break". No indication of how short. Definitely need to phone if travelling any distance.  Mark V 09.05.15
Fascinating and sprawling. Open till late on the Sunday I visited. Several rooms of stock that is decently organised when you've got past the fact that it looks chaotic. It isn't. Excellent children's section. Visit the cash point first. Old style. Big thumbs up.  Ian 01.07.17
A truly lovely shop, full of character. Didn't see the owners (doors were open and a sign said 'ring bell for attention' which left us alone to browse). Their pottery shares space with the books but there are plenty of books across several rooms to look through, including an annexe out the back (doors all open so just follow the sign). Quite a wide general stock across many subjects, well organised and prices seemed ok, although some of the books I pulled out were looking more than a bit tired. Didn't find anything this time but would certainly visit again.  Flip M 03.08.18

Old and New Books/WELLS-NEXT-THE-SEA/20 Staithe Street
Old and New Books  Open at advertised times
20 Staithe Street   WELLS-NEXT-THE-SEA   NR23 1AF
Open:  Unkown
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Chaotic. Ecleetic. Large range of modern children's and Ladybirds as well as modern pulp type fiction, non fiction etc; DVD's CD's etc. worth a browse but NWAD.  John Morgan 17.08.12
Mainly a fairly substantial stock of secondhand books but in rather poor condition. The Observer books, at least, were grossly overpriced but they did have 185 to choose from thus putting them in the No1 spot for quantity in shops I have visited this year! Suspect at those prices though they will still be there next year if I visit.  Steve Newman 17.08.12
We visited on a Thursday and it was closed with no indication of opening times.  Nicholas Pendower 09.02.14
How difficult to review. Crammed floor to ceiling, elderly proprietor with dog, sadly much good material rooted out proved to be damp. Good range but beware condition. Did buy some old postcards. "Character" perhaps. Open on an April Sunday.  Norman Davies 01.05.15
Small cabin with crowded stock mainly modern light fiction paperbacks, large illustrated books etc. Was told they usually open around 11.00 am.  Mark V 09.05.15

Oxburgh Hall Bookroom/KING_S LYNN/Oxburgh Hall (National Trust)
Oxburgh Hall Bookroom  Open at advertised times
Oxburgh Hall (National Trust)   KING'S LYNN   PE33 9PS
tel: 01366 328258 
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It is located in the 'Gunroom', in the gatehouse, and non-National Trust members will have to pay to access it. The stock is general and it is not very large, but there was some interesting material when I was there.  Henry Middleton 
Better than Felbrigg but not a patch on Blickling. Was a bit dismissive on first glance but unearthed a real old gem at the bottom of a pile so just shows it is worth persevering.  Norman Davies 01.05.15
Visited yesterday. Good for a NT place but with a paperback historical novel costing 3 quid, not the cheapest. A few daft prices. Stock fairly unremarkable but they do of course depend on donations. The valuable books crate was a collection of old hardbacks with no DJs in many cases. Drew a blank here this time but if you're visiting the property anyway (which is glorious) then visiting it is a no-brainer.  Flip M 05.08.16

Oxfam Books and Music/NORWICH/9 -11 Bedford Street
Oxfam Books and Music  Open at advertised times
9 -11 Bedford Street   NORWICH   NR2 1AR
tel: 01603 628392  web 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 9.30 - 5.30.
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In 'The Lanes' district, among up-market boutiques. Medium sized. High prices. Lots of items with some wear to boards and/or dust jackets shelved in film front bags. Unusual.  Chris K 21.07.10
Usual Oxfam fare, but possibly the most overpriced Oxfam Shop I have ever come across. Unlike the majority of the bookshops in Norwich which were reasonably priced, the prices charged by Oxfam are outrageous. £9.50 for a rather shabby 'Red Guide' to Felixstowe for instance. One to avoid perhaps!  Steve Newman 17.01.11
Disgraceful prices for shabby, donated items. Oxfam should realise that they can't charge the same as an experienced dealer selling quality books for which they have paid! I am boycotting oxfam.  Sam Glen 04.08.11
Not a bad stock on two floors, Rather light on modern fiction , but good modern languages section Prices on a par with most other Oxfam Bookshops i.e. high. I was about to commit murder but then they switched the Enya type music off and replaced it with Bach!  Jon Morgan 26.09.15
Well-stocked small bookshop over two floors. DVDs seem to be winning the wall-space war at the back of the shop. Reasonable prices, strong on travel (lots of OS maps).  Steven Kelly 03.06.16
Was not open on Wednesday 5th of July. Returned the next day but found the shop rather poor.  Chris K 13.07.17
There are generous donators of good stock in Norwich. Oxfam should be grateful and stop charging ridiculous prices -e.g. £12 for London Museum booklet. Please give readers, collectors and dealers a chance with your donated books.  Mary C 31.07.17

Oxfam Shop/NORWICH/8/10 Magdalen Street
Oxfam Shop  Open at advertised times
8/10 Magdalen Street   NORWICH   NR3 1HU
tel: 01603 665508  web 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 5.00, Sunday 11.00 - 3.00.
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Decent place with a pretty good selection of books. Bought 2 good local Norfolk items for less than £3.00.  Chris K 13.07.17

Peter_s Bookshop/SHERINGHAM/19 St Peters Road
Peter's Bookshop  Open at advertised times
19 St Peters Road   SHERINGHAM   NR26 8QY
tel: 01263 823008  e-mail  web 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 10.30 - 4.30, closed on Wednesday.
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General stock of older secondhand books covering most subjects.

Jam-packed with books to the very ceiling (steps and ladders provided). Very strong on fiction, but with a little of everything. East to find, 50 yards from the Poppy Line railway station, and well-worth seeking out. The owner's also have another shop (Peter Pan) with more modern stock including remainders etc.  Richard Beaton 
So many of my childhood memories included a trip to this shop. The wonderful booky smell that hits you as you enter. The treasures hidden and found. My love of reading came from this place. It is best to go there without a specific book in mind - you will leave with many happy hours of reading ahead of you. A 'must' in any trip to Norfolk.  L Stevens 18.04.08
My visit started off well with the person on duty helping me to find my areas of interest among the rabbit warren of floor-to-ceiling books. After a dusty time I went to the counter triumphant with what I had found. After a consultation with someone behind a closed door I was allowed to purchase but a few. The excuses are not worthy of repeating but it begs the question as to why have titles on the shelves if you don't want to sell them?  Chris Harte 24.02.10
Very disappointing largely because although there is a reasonably well organised very large stock, books seemed familiar from previous visits. They were also very ordinary and a notice seemed to suggest that there were 000s of better books elsewhere.  Norman Davies 16.07.10
One of my favourite shops but one that may kill me. I suspect that I will be found one dreary wet summer's afternoon buried beneath a pile of books, after having tripped in a walkway which would have risk assessors breaking out into an excitable sweat. Alternatively the sinus infection that I have just developed - replete with blood-soaked discharges of a nasal variety - may see me off. It was acquired after standing at the top of a rickety stepladder, rummaging about amongst the books which had been pushed all but out of reach on the highest shelves. I pulled down a 1st edition of Gavin Holt's detective mystery "Six Minutes Past Twelve" (price £2.00) but was immediately consumed by a cloud of wet dust and mouldy plaster. On previous occasions I have been close to fainting through oxygen starvation, for in scrabbling about on the floor to peer at the densely packed shelves one risks both physical ill health as well as one's sanity. But despite this, the shop remains a classic vintage seaside shop, full of interesting stock, rewarding for both casual holiday readers and determined collectors. The occasional finds of obscure or collectable books has been drawing me back for several years, in contrast to other tidier, less well-stocked shops, which I studiously avoid.  Avid Book Collector 08.08.13
Chaotic with its own form of organisation (?) Nevertheless well patronised with some real gems. There would have been much more if I could have been bothered to get down and dirty and move some of the piled stock. Danger of death is very real as evidenced by the chap in the next aisle putting a book back on the shelves and dislodging several on my side onto my head. Beware the back room where the language books are. I spent several minutes fruitlessly pulling the light cord before I spotted the torch placed by the door for my illumination. Some real finds if you have several hours and knee pads ...  Jon Morgan 14.08.13
Every town should have a second-hand bookshop, and it is great that Sheringham still has one, but if youre a serious collector or dealer you soon discover that there are those that are worth a detour to visit and those that are not. After a day trip around the north Norfolk bookshops I came away empty handed and depressed, wondering how on earth most of them managed to make any sort of living. Reading between the lines of the previous reviews I really should have realised that this place was not for me, as hints accurately describe this quant but fairly disappointing shop. Yes, there are lots of books and the prices are reasonable, but the stock contains a fair proportion of items that are fairly unlikely to sell whatever the circumstances the sort of stuff that nobody wants. This place needs a big clear out in order to make room for more interesting items sadly, at the moment you would be wasting your time if you made a special trip.  Nicholas Pendower 12.02.14
Large stock in several rooms, very reasonably priced, some in high bookcases or piles. Interesting things to be found with perseverance. In the street opposite the railway station entrance, on the right 2 minutes away. Pay & display parking adjacent the station.  Mark V 09.05.15
A noble survivor from a more robust, less sanitised age of bookselling. Floor-to-ceiling shelves even in the doorway, the eponymous Peter almost hidden behind a rising tide of stock, a creaky rocking horse in children's books, and yes, if you want to feel like a speliologist, you can still clip on a torch and explore the back room. Everything's very affordable and I came away with an armful of English and French literature.  Paul O 15.11.15
Pluses: lots here from paperback fiction to 1st Editions, a wide variety of subjects, reasonable prices. Minuses: it is a mess; some shelves simply can't be looked at without first removing the piles of books that are on the floor. Some books need chucking out because they are so old and grubby. Still definitely worth a visit, especially if you don't mind rooting about in the muddle.  Archy 14.07.16
Closed on my visit today, Sunday. Card in window says "As Peter has passed the official retirement age he does not intend having the shop open seven days a week. Five is enough. The shop will not be open on Wednesdays and Sundays. Rumours about complete closure should be ignored if the date mentioned is before 2025".  Ian 01.07.17

Shiloah Books/CROMER/23 Church Street
Shiloah Books  Open at advertised times
23 Church Street   CROMER   NR27 9ES
tel: 01263 515691  e-mail 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 4.30.
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Newly opened secondhand bookshop with a growing stock of good quality general books in excellent condition. Clean and bright with a wide subject range.

Quite a small shop but a very bright and "new" feel. Prices were often a bit on the high side for what I was looking at but I did find a signed HB 1st Ed for £12 which I thought more than reasonable. Unusual to see a new SH bookshop so I hope it thrives. Has a set of shelves devoted to religious books but also covers other topics - its not just "a christian bookshop". Only a few minutes walk from Bookworms and a few doors away from Much Binding - when the latter is open - so worth a visit!  Flip M 18.02.17
A well stocked,organised and friendly bookshop. It provides a good range of genres both fiction and non-fiction. What a pleasant surprise to find this little gem by the sea! Well worth a visit.  Mr C 25.05.17

Tombland Bookshop/NORWICH/8 Tombland
The Tombland Bookshop   Open at advertised times
8 Tombland    NORWICH  NR3 1HF
tel:  01603 490000  e-mail   web
Open:  Tuesday - Saturday 10.00 - 4.30
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Large constantly changing stock of secondhand and antiquarian books on most subjects on two floors in a 15th century building. Also specialist and academic books. Keen to buy rare and fine books and good quality secondhand books in any quantity.

Met the collector's curse on my visit. "The owner isn't here today but leave us your phone number and I'm sure he can get you what you want." I'm still sitting by the phone.  Chris Harte 14.04.09
Had another attempt. None of what I collected was on show in the shop but was told to send a list and they would check the barn where "we hold much of our specialist material." Books on the shelves were quality and prices appeared to be reasonable. Any collector should put them on a visiting list.  Chris Harte 24.02.10
This is the best used bookshop in Norwich. Will be my first port of call on my next visit.  Chris K 16.07.10
I can't comment on quality of stock or prices. The first time I visited this shop I had to leave all my bags by the till near the shop door and it seemed like I was being followed whilst I went to look at the children's books. Since then have not paid them a visit. Don't think they saw me as a serious collector.  Lenore 03.03.12
A classic old-style antiquarian bookshop well-situated opposite the cathedral. Left to browse contentedly. Good range of stock, maybe just edging higher end of pricing but not unreasonable.  Mark 21.11.13
Full of character, clambers and odd nooks...a collectors bookshop mainly, the smell of buckram and old leather, a wide range of prices from "why on earth is this £75?" to "gosh only a fiver". Lovely shop, charming staff, a must if you are in Norwich.  Paulp 02.04.15
Super shop, worth a visit and the higher end range prices for an excellent selection of mainly older volumes in most categories. Helpful staff. Really enjoyable browse ending in several purchases. A must for the serious collector, and by the way I always leave my bags at the counter of any shop I visit and don't see the problem with that?  Norman Davies 01.05.15
This place is everything a good antiquarian and second hand bookshop should be and shouldn't be missed. I made a couple of good purchases at reasonable prices and found the owner (if it were he) to be very friendly. I agree with Norman Davies regarding leaving bags by the till.  Henry Middleton 20.07.15
A really nice shop but little for me as very little modern fiction. Quality just oozes from the shelves on two floors and a mezzanine. Relatively decent prices given the type of stock.  Jon Morgan 26.09.15
Very traditional looking. Interesting stock of the old and not so old.. Lots of antiquarian but also a large military section which saw me grabbing a few things quite cheaply. Prices seemed fine to me. Pleasant enough service. Would visit again, next time I'm in Norwich.  Flip M 30.01.16
Traditional, antiquarian-looking secondhand bookshop from the outside but actually quite a broad range inside, from antiquarian titles to reasonably priced recent titles. Strong on art, particularly architecture, children's titles and topography.  Steven Kelly 03.06.16
Huge range of stock from paperback penguin philosophy to antiquarian. The upper floor is a large peaceful space perfect for browsing. And I offered to leave my bag at the desk but the owner waved me on :).  RuthP 03.07.17
Sorry but couldn't find any items I needed. (Had already bought quite a few items elsewhere.) Did spend quite a lot of time there as it was raining hard.  Chris K 13.07.17
Always enjoy Tombland. 'Proper' bookshop, pleasant staff, offered to leave bag but waved on. Good stock and many categories. Prices reasonable. £1 books outside worth looking at.  Mary C 31.07.17
Good old Tombland, with its distinguished premises always well stocked. Many new arrivals awaiting sorting when I was there today, always an excellent sign!   Laurence Purcell 27.08.21

Torc Books /SNETTISHAM/9 Hall Road  
Torc Books   Open at advertised times
9 Hall Road    SNETTISHAM  PE31 7LU
tel:  01485 541188 
Open:  CLOSED until all restrictions are lifted, then Friday & Saturday 10.00 - 4.00
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General secondhand books and bindings.

Although the owner has more or less retired and is now only open on Fridays and Saturdays, we still managed to find one or two interesting books.  TBG 18.06.08
A really traditional bookshop a good stock esp military. Owner 80 years old has run shop for 35 years and is an example to all the taciturn and uncommunicative shop owners we come across. Superb ! WAD.  Jon Morgan 22.10.12
Large, varied, interesting stock, and very pleasant and helpful owner. Moderate prices. Well worth a visit.  Mark 21.11.13
Visited on a Wednesday last week and can confirm shop still going with the same opening hours! Should have read this guide more closely first ...  Norman Davies 01.05.15

Turret House Books/WYMONDHAM/27 Middleton Street
Turret House Books  Open at advertised times
27 Middleton Street   WYMONDHAM   NR18 0AB
tel: 01953 603462 
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The owner is an amiable retired scientist who specialises in medical and science books with a smattering of local topography and fiction. The stock is old, interesting and reasonably priced. However, the stock is also small, and confined to one front room, even though tantalising boxes of books are to be glimpsed on stairwells and in other rooms. The bookroom is open erratic hours - safest bet is to visit on a Saturday - and you'll need to ring the bell to see if anyone is at home. As it is opposite Thompson's bookshop visitors should be able to visit both shops at the same time. Parking in the street is easy and free.  Avid Book Collector 12.09.08
A most friendly owner and a shop which might possibly be the front corner of his home. Small stock, mainly scientific, but with a few regional holdings. Nothing for me but much for those who collect the specialities.  Chris Harte 24.02.10

Undercover Books  /NORWICH/Upstairs@Loose_s  23-25 Magdalen Street  
Undercover Books    Open at advertised times
Upstairs@Loose's  23-25 Magdalen Street    NORWICH  NR3 1LP
tel:  07745 924388  e-mail   web
Open:  Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.30, Sunday 10.30 - 4 .00.
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Around 10,000 books. A large and ever-changing selection of modern period 'classic' fiction in hardback and paperback, crime, sci-fi, 'pulp', horror. A good children's selection including early Puffin and pictorial board books are always in stock. Art books and hard-to-find titles in various genres. A solid travel section and a number of antiquarian books. Local interest, of course, and academic books too. Enquiries welcome. PBFA member.

The fleamarket is an Aladdin's Cave and that's what, I think, they call it anyway. Undercover Books is set up upstairs at the front of the building on the first floor and it's a real delight. I was able to pick up some long lost sci-fi at a very reasonable price and could have spent a whole lot more time here just browsing a great selection of really interesting stuff. It's really a little gem. Highly recommended.  singsong64 04.02.12
Appearing but once a week with an ever changing array of genuinely difficult to find titles curated by a veritable pulp meister - Nigel! (for that is his name) Go undercover and discover a world you thought was only in books ...  book farmer 20.02.12
Went back to Undercover Books after over a year and it is clearly on the up. Increased stock of high quality. Impressed by the fiction, modernism, crime, SF, drama, theory; also posters, comics, pamphlets ... a good atmosphere and a strong sense that the bookseller knows his onions. Prices seemed very reasonable. One of the best second-hand outlets of its kind in Norwich at the moment?  pinefox 12.09.15
My first visit was disappointing as I stayed on the ground floor an found a lacklustre selection of books on shelves at the back of this vast emporium. Then I read the reviews above and realised that I had actually missed the real Undercover Books on the first floor at the front. A good selection in almost every genre with a very knowledgeable and attentive owner. He obviously knows the trade and the stock. Other charity shops in a large Oxfam with a good stock of charity stock books almost opposite.  Jon Morgan 06.07.17

Warehouse Bookshop /SETCHEY/Garage Lane
The Warehouse Bookshop   Open at advertised times
Garage Lane  SETCHEY  PE33 0BE
tel:  01553 812000  e-mail   web   
Open: Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 6.00, Sunday & bank hols 10.00 - 4.00
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Bookroom in part of a large warehouse. About 5000 books, general secondhand but with a good proportion of older books. A unit in the general antiques centre has about 600 non-fiction books, childrens, transport, militaria etc. The large warehouse also houses Britain's biggest beer shop and a Steiff toy shop.