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32 Seconds/NEWHAVEN/32 High Street
32 Seconds  Open at advertised times
32 High Street   NEWHAVEN   BN9 9PD
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Open:  Tuesday - Saturday 10 -00 - 4.00
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Small shop which has books as well as stamps, and a few videos. Prices are erratic, but occasionally good things turn up. There is no other reason for visiting Newhaven. I wouldn't make a special journey.  Richard 
A shop I have visited regularly over the years. Although layout appears chaotic worth a look as bargains often turn up. Reasonably priced too.  Steve Newman 14.02.15

Albion Books/HASTINGS/34 - 35 George Street
Albion Books  Open at advertised times
34 - 35 George Street   HASTINGS   TN34 3EA
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Open:  Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 5.00.
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Secondhand, mainly popular fiction  Alastair Palmer 15.05.08
Visited on a day off from my own bookshop. Mostly paperbacks but a very good selection of military related and some excellent esoteric items.  Steve Marshall 26.09.11
I've had it with this dump. The stock is mostly nerdy scifi rubbish (as opposed to quality scifi) in a pretty awful state left lying about the place in piles. The place is dirty and smelly. The owner is a bad-tempered man who doesn't respond to questions or look you in the eye, and only really converses to whinge. A key whinge is that he has too many books (he's not a reader himself) and can't sell them. So why doesn't he tidy and clean up a bit? Don't bother trying to get in touch with him - he doesn't do telephone, email, or reply to mail. The place is a dump and an eyesore on George Street. Get a grip and stop feeling sorry for yourself, or alternatively find a line of business you like - perhaps a grotty old pub for other miserable old f**ts.  Badge 10.05.12
Found a very small piece of tatty paper on the door saying 'Back in 10 minutes' which I really hate. Why can't they state a time but from reading other comments it seems wasn't worth a visit anyway.  Tikit 12.07.12
Standing outside closed shop 3:30 sign says 6 days a week 9 to 5 approx. big margin of error there. Peering thru window books look like on par with Jeffrey Archer. Glad I didn't make special trip advise others not to either.  Yossarian 02.11.13
A telephone number would be useful???  Stewie 20.06.15
Judging by the above comments, I was lucky to find this place open. Not for the faint-hearted: this is an obstacle course of disordered piles on the floor. Mostly pulp fiction, but surprisingly decent stock of transport and military history.  Nicholas Sack 18.04.16
I have mixed feelings about this place, unlike others I have always found it open. But going inside is a nightmare - piles of books stacked in teetering unstable piles, collapsing under their own weight and getting under your feet to be crushed. I'm always afraid to actually breathe in case I set off a landslide of paper. The guy on the till looks as though he's slept in the same sweater since the 70's and smelt like it frankly.

Which is all a shame. Because somewhere in here is a good bookshop. If you can wade past the tired old stock and fire hazard like statis of the place there are good finds. A good stock of military and transport titles, often with unusual and obscure subjects represented. Science fiction section features authors you don't often see. Trouble is you're so araid of being crushed by books you don't really explore ...
  Clive 24.03.19

Antiquarian Book Company /BRIGHTON/49 Hampstead Road  
The Antiquarian Book Company   Appointment necessary
49 Hampstead Road    BRIGHTON  BN1 5NG
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tel:  01273 389526  e-mail   web
Open:  Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 5.00 by appointment.
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Private premises. I specialise in Brighton/Sussex material, publishers' bindings including early dust jackets and crime fiction especially bibliomysteries. I also buy and sell manuscripts, maps, photograph albums and ephemera. I sell only at book fairs: twice a month with ETC Fairs in Bloomsbury and many PBFA Fairs across the country. I also have a regular stand at the Lewes Book Fair. There is a calendar of fairs on my website. I am not on abe books. Trade visitors are welcome by appointment only.


Barbican House Bookshop/LEWES/169 High Street
Barbican House Bookshop  Open at advertised times
169 High Street   LEWES   BN7 1YE
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tel: 01273 486290  e-mail  web 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.30, Sunday 11.00 - 5.30.
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Fundraising bookshop for the Sussex Archaeological Society. New and secondhand books on history and archaeology, particularly of Lewes, Sussex and the South Downs.

A surprise find tucked away off the High Street. Although the books mainly reflect Sussex interests there are other good titles scattered around. Prices are remarkably reasonable.  Chris Harte 10.09.13
Nice area. Tried it but nothing special I needed. Interesting that SAS members do get items a little cheaper.  Chris K 15.09.17
Sussex Antiquarian Society by the way! Excellent for archaeology and medieval history plus local. Nice browse on those subject areas. Is in castle ticket office, not where you might expect.  Norman Davies 31.05.18

Bookbuster /HASTINGS/39 Queens Road  
Bookbuster   Open at advertised times
39 Queens Road    HASTINGS  TN34 1RE
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tel:  01424 539726  e-mail   web   
Open:  Tuesday - Sunday 10.30 - 4.00
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Bookbuster is a book shop that sells secondhand, remainder/bargain, and (local author/publisher) new books. We offer an ordering service, too. We also sell records and CDs, both secondhand and (local musician) new. We hold a range of greetings cards, around half of which are from local artists - and regular music and book events in the store, too.

Exactly as described. A decent range of low to middlebrow books of the sort people actually enjoy reading, friendly and helpful owner.  Richard Powell 22.12.14
Mostly remaindered stock on popular subjects; strong on local history, with stacks of Amberley and Phillimore titles at knock-down prices. Cheerful proprietor.  Nicholas Sack 18.04.16

Bookkeeper/ST LEONARDS-ON-SEA/1A Kings Road
The Bookkeeper  Open at advertised times
1A Kings Road   ST LEONARDS-ON-SEA   TN37 6EA
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tel: 07938 969673  e-mail  web 
Open:  Tuesday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.00.
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Books of any genre, age or condition bought and sold. Exhibiting local art work and promoting local talent with spoken word events.

An enterprising young chap and his mother opened this attractive small shop a few yards from St Leonards Warrior Square station in 2015. Some unusual titles, all neatly shelved; worth a browse for art, history, mystic, occult, religion, and Penguin fiction. Also artworks, vinyl 45s, and monthly poetry readings. I came away with two local history titles at knock-down prices.  Nicholas Sack 18.04.16

Books for Amnesty/BRIGHTON/15 Sydney Street
Books for Amnesty  Open at advertised times
15 Sydney Street   BRIGHTON   BN1 4EN
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tel: 0127 368 8983  e-mail  web 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.00, Sunday 1.30 - 5.00.
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Charity bookshop.

A well-stocked shop run by very pleasant people.  The Bookman 16.07.11
Some time since I had visited this vividly painted and very pink shop but stock is ever changing, very varied and attractively priced, well worth a visit.  Jon Morgan 14.08.12
A good charity bookshop that's much better than the usual, pretty large and more than its fair share of interesting stock - also reasonably priced. Definitely worth popping in.  M&O 29.09.12
Small but well-stocked and busy shop with a good vibe. Plenty of classic and modern fiction, an inviting annexe for music, and an upper floor of miscellaneous stuff. I have chanced on a few out-of-print novels here. Always affordable too.  Paul O 13.10.12
Excellent bookshop if you want quality second-hand contemporary fiction at very low prices (the best in Brighton for this) - and generally in good condition. Staff helpful and friendly.  The Nephologist 26.03.13
Recommended shop with interesting stock and fairly reasonable prices. Worth a detour.  The Drifter 14.08.13
Back again. Still a good a varied fictions stock Modern lang stock in first floor back room not bad and good for languages for Kids as well (An Asterix in French I had not got. ) Amnesty has yet to be afflicted by Oxfam price inflation and is worth a visit.  JM 16.11.13
Still worth a visit although the upstairs has now closed (the stairs were v steep) and it seemed to me that the stock had contracted in terms of fiction at least. A good History and topography section and prices continue to be reasonable.  Jon Morgan 12.08.14
Excellent shop. Just down the lane from Oxfam bookshop. Good stock of non-fiction for languages and religion, among others. Reasonable prices - £2 seems the average.  Novparl 20.10.14
Time for a re-visit. Decline in modern fiction stock, quantity and quality. Otherwise unchanged. Prices still reasonable. That said, Brighton overall was a disappointment in quantity and variety. See spirit review on Savery Books as the exception.  Jon Morgan 26.09.15
Interesting range of topics and generally affordable.Good range of topography.  Herne 05.11.15
Down on the 5th of September 2017. Did find a £2.50 item. Some of the books need to be made proper on the shelves though.  Chris K 15.09.17
Disappointing, not a patch on Bristol, Malvern or Hammersmith shops. Good on modern politics as expected but otherwise very "ordinary".  Norman Davies 31.05.18

Bow Windows Bookshop /LEWES/175 High Street  
Bow Windows Bookshop   Open at advertised times
175 High Street    LEWES  BN7 1YE
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tel:  01273 480780  e-mail   web  
Open:  Monday - Saturday 9.30 - 5.00.
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About 15,000 books. We buy and sell old, rare and fine books on many subjects, as well as maps. Much of our stock is attractively displayed in our shop, and we have a special emphasis on books in overall excellent condition.

Did not realise that I was a specialist in my field and waved me away with a swatting motion of the hand. Some stock appeared to be mutton dressed as lamb.  Chris Harte 01.04.09
Found staff helpful and very friendly, so maybe Chris Harte just caught them on a bad day? Reasonable selection of stock, all of it well presented. Did think that presentation meant some items were slightly over priced.  Emma 05.05.09
A very attractive shop, inside and out with a very helpful member of staff albeit little of interest to me personally. It is what a good bookshop should look like but unlikely to attract a lot of casual trade.  Jon Morgan 14.08.12
Nicely presented, but the mutton dressed as lamb comment above is still apt. Pricing was comedically optimistic in places.  Inverdale's Rug 02.09.16
Did buy 2 rather more expensive items - I still like to add more Middleton Press railway ones.  Chris K 15.09.17
Pricing seemed a bit more relaxed since my last visit and found several things of interest. Good topography section.  Herne 23.10.17
The best bookshop in town. High-end titles attractively shelved in pleasant and relaxed surroundings. About three yards of photographers' monographs with some rarities - fine artists here, no Fleet Street snappers. With notable exceptions, prices are rather ambitious.  Nicholas Sack 13.08.19

Camilla_s Bookshop /EASTBOURNE/57 Grove Road  
Camilla's Bookshop   Open at advertised times
57 Grove Road    EASTBOURNE  BN21 4TX
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tel:  01323 736001  e-mail
Open:  Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.30.
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A stock of some 50,000 titles, including children's, needlework, art & antiques, transport, military and antiquarian.

So many books, but they are everywhere. Very difficult to browse downstairs with the ever present fear of being hit by a falling book. Huge selection of books on all subjects.  John F Bacon 
Books piled everywhere. You need at least half a day to do justice to a wide and varied stock.  Chris Harte 01.04.09
Revisited Camilla's recently. Browsing purposefully got me nowhere and neither did asking for specific items/categories. Camilla has been there for years but the stock now looks tired, unloved and tatty. The gems are lurking somewhere but are well hidden!  Mary Corin 11.01.10
We were on holiday last week in Eastbourne and visited this shop - probably some very good books but you need a spade to find them ! no wonder OXFAM opposite does so well !  Gavin Richardson 24.02.10
I was delighted to see the parrot still flourishes ! I found plenty to tempt me in transport and fiction as well as topography. Almost all the stock is accessible but a ladder is needed for some of the higher items.  Herne 30.03.11
Packed with loads of great stuff, including lots of very interesting older 20th century material, but sadly it really is rather heavy going to navigate and plough through.  David C 10.01.13
What a wonderful cave of books ! If you have plenty of time and a love for old books this is the place for you. There's not enough shops like this left.  Bookmadmart 16.02.13
I had great fun rummaging in the boxes outside - so much so that I ran out of time before I even got through the doors. As several have said, this place needs time.  Steven Whitehead 06.03.13
The parrot's still there and as vocal as ever but they have apparently stopped doing their distinctive bags. Never fail to buy something ... and more.  Herne 28.05.13
Half a million books they claim - and I believe them! Yet I managed to find one I had been looking for within minutes so Camilla's is now my favourite bookshop in Sussex.  Steve 20.02.14
Good to see the pink bags are back and the front is now clear. Did not leave empty handed. No parrot but I gather he'll be back soon. Francois round the corner is good for ephemera.  Herne 01.04.14
Where to start, More books in one place than I have seen outside a Book Town. Some real gems and some hidden ones, literally hidden under piles and piles of books. Books are literally floor to ceiling and the ceilings are high! There is a pyramid of books in the centre of the ground floor which I suspect will disappear one day in to the cellar, Did I mention that the shop is also back rooms, basement, first floor etc. I am told that the parrot is only in residence when Camilla herself is present. With a good clear out and all books shelved and accessible this could be one of the best stocked and priced shops in the country. Fantastic kids sections old and new; CS Forester, Excellent military an history section on the first floor. Books I have never seen before..... I could go one but you will be very frustrated that you cannot see or get to many of the books. NB Tomes also WWAD, Many charity shops but none , even the Oxfam, are really worth a visit.  Jon Morgan 19.04.14
A heavenly place, well worth a visit, put aside hours and forget you're in the 21st Century. This bookshop is a haven of a lost Britain. You will always find something you want in here.  Lew 21.05.15
Much the same as it always was, but for any railway enthusiasts out there they have just acquired a collection of some 5,000 good quality railway books. Regulars will wonder how another 500 books could be squeezed in let alone 5,000, but for the railway buffs among you ...  Steve Newman 06.06.15
For those who know this wonderful shop, it is still chaotic. Local rumour has it that following a fire safety visit thousands of books found a new home rather quickly. A further inspection gave the shop it's safety all-clear. Since then the piles in the aisles have grown even higher. A treasure-trove for me as I left with two boxes full to the brim. A quick visit is impossible; allow at least half a day.  Chris Harte 08.04.16
Back to Eastbourne to find the parrot in excellent form and now aged 21. Some of the books are rather older but you're bound to find something good at a fair price. Raliways seem to have been a growth area of late.  Herne 26.07.16
Great bookshop with too much stock. The shelves and stacks of railway books included some good titles at very reasonable prices but it took some time to check through them. The parrot kept my partner occupied and I will return when I should have more time for a proper hunt. Recommended.  SteveBrissle 05.12.16
I last went to this shop many years ago and fondly recalled it as one of the best ever and must re-visit. This week I was shocked to find they have gone insane in filling every bit of floor space in front of all the shelves, up and down stairs, so that one can not reach anything on the shelves anymore, even a ladder is of little help because of so little floor space. The books are piled 3 or 4 piles deep up to at least 4 foot high. I asked for a ladder to try and reach one small shelf and the attitude of the man behind the desk was horrible. I walked out totally disappointed. I shall never return, they have spoilt the shop with greed hoarding too many books in the gangways which are also inaccessible.  UAX13 10.03.17
I agree that the ridiculous amount of books can be overwhelming, and it's a real effort to shift the piles about to get at hidden books, often on your hands and knees - but then I have unearthed so many unexpected gems over the years, at such reasonable prices! Well, like proper pubs, I remind myself one day I'll arrive to find a closed shop, never to be replaced; enjoy while you can.  Yossarian 13.03.17
After I went to the Oxfam I found this shop much too late. Lots of items outside and many cheap ones just inside. Had to walk on then to the art gallery for this exhibition. Too in need of going on to Lewes to return. Sorry.  Chris K 15.09.17
This wonderful shop either needs a day to excavate all the piles of books mentioned elsewhere or just treat it like a lucky dip. I never leave without something and always think I have missed much more. It should be said that the books are generally well sorted and the bloke behind the till knows what he has and roughly where it might be.  Steven 22.02.18
I agree that negotiating Camillas can almost be like an exercise in 'The Krypton Factor'. I also have a feeling that once you enter this shop you never really leave. I'm sure I've bumped into the same people downstairs on many occasions.

Yet if you're patient, pretty much any book you're after will be in there, somewhere, even if it may take several visits over many years for it to work its way up from the bottom of one of the piles of books. It's a shop to enter with a very open mind.

Camillas is a national treasure. There aren't many shops like this left. I've a feeling that whatever happens to humanity, this shop will still be there, plodding along as if nothing has happened, grumbling cheerfully about how the decline in secondhand bookshops means all the stock gravitates towards them.

So don't fret about the piles of books you either trip over or send flying, or that indeed trap you downstairs, for ever. The books are there because nobody else takes them. Camillas flies the flag. Cherish it.
  Joseph K 26.06.19
My friend toppled a pile of books six feet high that almost set off an avalanche to bury him alive: two thousand railway titles, the proprietor had warned. Perhaps I am just too old for this game, but I don't see the point of tall stacks three-deep, obscuring shelves from floor to high ceiling. Books at the higher levels can be seen, but not identified without binoculars. The photography section - from what I could see of it - is disappointingly middlebrow. Even so, we were glad to rescue an old album of Irish railways and two Middleton Press titles at knock-down prices.  Nicholas Sack 13.08.19
Camilla's isn't a shop, it's a lucky dip - what sort of a business is it that actively frustrates potential customers by denying them knowledge of around 50% of its wares? There's bound to be bibliophile gold in them there piles but there seems little hope that anyone will ever find it. I left, deeply frustrated, with two excellent purchases at very reasonable prices.  Henry Middleton 29.08.19
This shop is really out of hand. So many of the books are totally inaccessible because of the piles of books on the floor. It's a shame because there are interesting books at reasonable prices if only you could reach them.  HB 08.02.20

Fifteenth Century Bookshop/LEWES/99-100 High Street
The Fifteenth Century Bookshop  Phone before travelling
99-100 High Street   LEWES   BN7 1XH
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tel: 01273 474160  e-mail  web 
Open:  Friday - Sunday 11.00 - 5.30.
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Large general stock and children's and Illustrated books.

Lovely outside, DISAPPOINTING inside. I try to be a good customer, never rude or demanding. Management is unhelpful and even hostile! Cramped & dusty, as well. I avoid it like the plague now.  E. Long 10.02.09
Completey agree with the comments from E Long. We too have found the management unwelcoming and even rude when asked something. Don't like all the signs asking customers not to touch the books - how is one supposed to decide what to buy wthout looking through the book first?  I and E (enthusiatic book buyers!) 08.03.09
Nice stock but generally priced too high.  Chris Harte 01.04.09
Expect to be treated like a thief, regardless of your age, dress or manner. Not sure why these people want to own a bookshop.  Matthew Barr 02.04.09
Stock-over priced and in poor condition. Was treated as though I was about to steal something - most unpleasent shop i've ever visited.  Emma 05.05.09
While we were browsing there not long ago an inoffensive tourist was shouted at for having the nerve to take a general photo of the interior, and ordered to delete the image!  David Attwood 14.05.09
I was amazed to read the somewhat harsh comments posted in regard to the The Fifteenth Century Bookshop. I have browsed this shop on many occasions and in fact spent the best part of a Saturday morning sitting on the floor re-visiting my childhood books. The owner is extremely helful and knowledgeable. The shop is exactly how a secondhand bookshop should be, it oozes character.  Donna Bastin 11.06.09
I stumbled across this quaint old fashioned bookshop by chance and spent a very enjoyable hour browsing the shelves. A real paradise for the true book lover.  Rachael Boothby 11.06.09
I totally disagree with earlier comments regarding this bookshop. It is one of the few remaining GENUINE bookshops in this country! Over crowded with books, yes! But packed with treasures if you are patient and clever enough to spot them ...  TM Dailly. 25.06.09
I'm afraid I have to agree with the negative comments about the Fifteenth Century Bookshop. My wife asked if she could look at the childrens' books on the shelves behind a pile on the floor and was told no, because the person in charge 'wasn't in the mood'. With attitudes like this, is it any wonder second-hand bookshops are closing in droves? My wife spent a substantial amount of money instead in the Boxroom at the Old Needlemakers, which had a good stock of childrens' books.  Alastair Palmer 25.06.09
It would appear that a few people have some sort of axe to grind against this shop, why I do not know. Wonderful selection of stock and always courteous when I have visited it.  John Rolfe 25.06.09
I think we now have enough comments about this shop to understand that it seems to be loved or loathed in about equal measure, so I don't intend publishing any more.  TBG 25.06.09
A bookshop from childhood memory, but such a narrow entrance and some significant degree of disorganisation. Staff communicative altho not exactly welcoming. Could do with a good clear out.  Jon Morgan 14.08.12
Somnolent, dusty place (which can be kind of appealing), but the selection of local-interest titles is good and I came away with a pleasing 1950s copy of Patrick Hamilton's Brighton novel "The West Pier", the ideal find during a visit to the south coast.  Paul O 13.10.12
Somewhat chaotically organised, and probably not good hunting ground for fine specimens, but the sort of place it's enjoyable to have a good browse in.  Inverdale's Rug 02.09.16
Amendment to opening hours: no longer open on Wednesdays. Judging by the comments above, this half-timbered building might be more interesting on the outside than within.  Nicholas Sack 13.08.19

Invisible Books/BRIGHTON/Snoopers Paradise
Invisible Books  Open at advertised times
Snoopers Paradise  7-8 Kensington Gardens   BRIGHTON   BN1 4AL
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tel: 01273 602558  web 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 6.00, Sunday 11.00 - 4.00.
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we have transferred our stock from its familiar position by the turnstile to the bookshelves just behind the cash desk at the main entrance. There is additional shelving, for our poetry

Invisible Books (aka "Stall 54"), just inside the Snoopers Paradise antiques and retro centre, has a generous selection of mainly twentieth-century fiction, with quite a few limited-edition and hard-to-find titles (I've unearthed some books there that I've never seen anywhere else). It also has some intriguing philosophy and esoterica. Worth a look -- especially as you can drop into two other bookshops on the same street.  Paul O 21.02.18
Some interesting titles, not bad for an antiques centre, Worth a look if in Brighton north laines area.  Norman Davies 31.05.18

Lewes Book Centre/LEWES/38 Cliffe High Street
Lewes Book Centre  Phone before travelling
38 Cliffe High Street   LEWES   BN7 2AN
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tel: 01273 487053  web 
Open:  Monday - Friday 10.30 - 3.30, closed Wednesday, Saturday 10.30 - 5.00.
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General secondhand books and specialist military and aviation stock.

Good military bookshop, but typically wacky owners who argue among themselves. Makes me imagine Hitler and Stalin retiring to Sussex and starting a military bookshop together.  Christnye 09.06.12
lots of books great military stock and mostly fairly decent prices, The owners (Hitler and Stalin analogy accurate) were too busy eating to be able to assist. Difficult to access some stock because of the sheer volume. Mainly remainders and quite steep prices in places.  Jon Morgan 14.08.12
Muddled and chaotic but with patience there are many good books to be found. Lots of military and war titles. All round prices were good.  Chris Harte 17.06.14
In what can be quite an expensive book town it is refreshing to find a decent shop with a wide stock of reasonably priced books.  Steve Newman 14.02.15
Called in today (18 March 2017). Large collection but so difficult to get to many on lower shelves because of the multiple piles of books on the floor. Sadly I left without buying any which is a shame because I am sure there are some real gems waiting to be discovered.  Sam Sondercraft 25.03.17
Sign on door yesterday (Fri 31 Mar 17) now shows later opening, either 1000 or 1030 (can't remember which). However despite waiting until lunchtime, with other potential customers, it didn't open!  Stuart T 08.04.17
Mainly military. Afraid I couldn't get at my (non military) interest due to piles of books and boxes obstructing the shelves around the shop. Back by then not up to heavy lifting...  Norman Davies 31.05.18
Visited 2 years ago and the shop was closed. Visited this week and again closed. Sign explained that hours are erratic due to health issues but it looks like shop has not opened for some time, windows filthy. Interesting book section in antique centre further up the road, however.  HB 15.02.20

Much Ado Books/ALFRISTON/8 West Street
Much Ado Books  Phone before travelling
8 West Street  High Street   ALFRISTON   BN26 5UX
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tel: 01323 871222  web 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 9.30 - 5.00, Sunday 10.30 - 5.00. CLOSED UNTIL MID-APRIL.
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The shop is filled with hand-picked books, ranging from our latest discoveries to favorite old friends. From general fiction and first editions to books for children; from art (with an emphasis on the Bloomsbury group) to history, from music to humour. We offer a wide range of subjects to delight and interest both the general browser and the seasoned collector.

My idea of a good bookshop - nothing on the floor - no dog eared books - fair prices on the subjects I am interested in and lastly very friendly owners !  Gavin Richardson 24.02.10
Shop has moved about one hundred yards down the road to 8 West Street and is still a joy to visit. The gift-wrapping service is splendid!  Steven 05.11.11
A Marmite of a shop, combining new and secondhand. Some may find it a bit twee and pretentious : I always feel the same when arriving but equally I am always converted again before I depart!  David C 13.09.12
Warning - shop is closing for a sabbatical in January and on into February 2013 so check before travelling.  Steven Whitehead 10.01.13
Fewer secondhand titles than I remember and should perhaps now be described as a new bookshop with some secondhand stock.  Steve 20.02.14
The secondhand stock inside (upstairs) is ok; some reasonable paperbacks outside. The owners have a good eye for interior design, and the well-chosen stock of new books is browsable, but I've always found the atmosphere within to be slightly cliquey.  Lew 29.05.15
An exceedingly well organised bookshop spread across two floors in a delightful, out of the way village in the Sussex Downs. It's certainly worth a visit, as there is a good general range of secondhand and antiquarian books on display. The downside is that this place has an air of snobbery about it, an over-tidy approach and unpleasantly cliquey aura that has been commented on before. There is a superior, pervasively unwelcoming atmosphere that is hardly endearing and off putting to someone new to this shop. A charm offensive free zone which mars an otherwise well stocked and varied bookshop.  Richard 20.07.15
I have an aunt in Eastbourne so get to Alfriston once or twice a year. I think describing this shop as cliquey is unfair. I have always received a friendly welcome and found the staff ETGOW ()easy to get on with - TGB). but they do work very hard to keep the regulars (i.e. locals) happy which may leave the occasional visitors (whether trade or tourists) feeling left out. Since my last note (2014) I think the s/h stock has increased and I would estimate it about 60/40 in favour of s/hand.  Steven 18.02.16
Closing in January 2018 for a major refurbishment. Best check website before travelling.  Steven 20.11.17
Now due to re-open in April 2018 but still open for mail order.  Steven 22.02.18

Oxfam Bookshop/BRIGHTON/30 Kensington Gardens
Oxfam Bookshop  Open at advertised times
30 Kensington Gardens   BRIGHTON   BN1 4AL
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tel: 01273 698 093  web 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 6.00, Sunday 11.00 - 5.00.
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Told it had been here for 10 years so must have been one of their first bookshops. Usual Oxfam fare, but even that is better than half of the other 'bookshops' in Town.  Steve Newman 05.10.10
Typical of its kind Not a particularly vast or varied stock but found a couple of gems.  Jon Morgan 14.08.12
A surprisingly poor selection and, unsurprisingly, overpriced. Nearby bookshops and charity shops offer so much more.  The Drifter 14.08.13
Life is like this bookshop- keeping on throwing those punches and one of them may land. 1/10.  The Boxer 14.09.13
Fiction stock seemed to have increased in quantity if not hugely in quality. I bought a couple of French books and the prices are not as unreasonable as some other Oxfam shops. The quality and appearance of the staff have improved immeasurably too!  Jon Morgan 12.08.14
Usual Oxfam stuff at usual Oxfam prices. Nothing to write home about at all. Risible selection of what they read as 'collectable' in a separate section. Some of it wildly esoteric. Really in need of a large new stock injection. Some of it hadn't changed since my last visit a year ago!  Jon Morgan 26.09.15
It is a nice, pleasant KG area to wander around. Could not find anything to buy but the shop is properly kept. Still worth another visit, I think.  Chris K 15.09.17

Oxfam Bookshop/EASTBOURNE/40 Grove Road
Oxfam Bookshop  Phone before travelling
40 Grove Road   EASTBOURNE   BN21 4TY
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tel: 01323 439582  web 
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New and second hand donated books. Fiction and nonfiction on a variety of subjects. Our books are in very good condition.

Not the largest Oxfam Bookshop but worth a look when in Eastbourne - as are several other charity shops in the town (all the usual nationals are present along with a couple of locals).  Steven Whitehead 06.03.13
Worth a visit especially as Camilla's is just over the road. Only a small stock of quality items but the prices shown were quite reasonable.  Chris Harte 06.09.13
Not bad stock and, for Oxfam, decentish prices. The volunteer on the till was surly and uncommunicative - I had to tear my own till receipt. He also needs to wash his t-shirt before Christmas, to make room for more food stains!  JM 16.11.13
Limited stock but fairly priced and staff etgow and clean and tidy!  Steve 20.02.14
Very limited stock NWAD even tho Camilla's is v close.  Jon Morgan 19.04.14
Quite good shop - purchased 2 items and it cost me only a fiver. (Walking up that way to visit the art exhibition on the 7th of September.)  Chris K 15.09.17
Neat and tidy but rather bland. I wish I had used the ten minutes I spent here over the road at Camilla's.  Steven 22.02.18
This shop serves as an hors d'oeuvres for Camillas, which is nearly opposite. Worth a quickish browse. Kept tidy and often has amusing, well thought out window displays.  K 14.06.18
Neat and tidy, with a small and uninspired arts section. The antithesis of Camilla's, fifty yards beyond.  Nicholas Sack 13.08.19
Standard Oxfam stock and prices, not very inspiring! The Samaritan's bookshop on the same street provided more interest at far cheaper prices.  HB 08.02.20

Oxfam Bookshop/HOVE/47 Blatchington Road
Oxfam Bookshop  Phone before travelling
47 Blatchington Road   HOVE   BN3 3YJ
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tel: 01273 736212  web 
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Nice surprise, no bookshops listed in Hove. Usual Oxfam fare, friendly helpful staff.  Steve Newman 16.08.11
Bolo punch. 1/10.  The Boxer 14.09.13
Went there on 6th of September 2017. Bought a good item for only £1.99. The older lady working there seemed a good person. Certainly worth a visit as it seems there are no other s/h ones in Hove.  Chris K 21.09.17
Pretty much what you expect from Oxfam, but this small shop seemed to have an extra something. The old-and-interesting shelf actually had items of interest at sensible prices, the fiction section yielded a couple of out-of-the-way novels, and the guy on the counter seemed to know his stock. If you're in the area to visit Hove Museum (which has great galleries on early cinema), it might be worth looking in here.  Paul O 06.09.18

Raining Books (was Rainbow Books)/BRIGHTON/28 Trafalgar Street
Raining Books (was Rainbow Books)  Open at advertised times
28 Trafalgar Street   BRIGHTON   BN1 4ED
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tel: 01273 605101 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 10.30 - 6.00.
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Very large general stock.

A fun but messy and rather chaotic shop.  George Marshall 09.02.09
Er, yes. Well, um. Bit retro. Not antiquarian by any stretch of the imagination.  Chris Harte 01.04.09
A great shop: well-stocked, overflowing into untidiness - good fun to explore: set aside three hours for this purpose!  The Bookman 16.07.11
As usual Chris Harte hits the nail on the head, I certainly could not have stood to have spent 3 hours in this place.  Jon Morgan 14.08.12
Unfortunately a complete waste of time - it usually annoys me when people complain about stock not being cared for properly (so long as stock is priced accordingly and there are still things worth buying, just be pleased there are still bookshops around), BUT this place is a tip, particularly downstairs, impossible to look through stock as most of floor is covered - not with piles of books, but just heaps which give the impression the place has been ransacked. Hope they found what they were looking for.  M&O 29.09.12
Looks fun, but finds are quite rare for me here. Going into the basement is like skip-diving, but I did find a hardback of one of Peter and Fiona Opies' heavyweight tomes on children's folk-lore for just a couple of quid, so it's worth persisting.  Paul O 13.10.12
Life really is too short to bother with very messy disorganised shops like this which do not even reward the diligent searcher as there is literally nothing to find. It's like looking for a needle in a haystack when you just know that here is no needle. There are many other far more interesting shops nearby, Oxfam apart, which offer far better fare. Expensive parking nearby. Not worth a detour.  The Drifter 29.08.13
Tomato can. 0/10.  The Boxer 14.09.13
This place is at least consistent - consistently disappointing! There are no doubt some gems here and this time I could at least discern the floor in places. Why put the books on their spines on shelves so that you have to take down each pile? At least have the titles facing outwards. A good clear out and re-organise would assist and the owner may thereby make some money. Not from me though as long as it remains as is!  JM 16.11.13
However, when we asked for something specific, the owner found it - in profusion - within minutes. There's method to it...  Herne 29.08.14
I collect foreign books. Unfortunately most of the foreign stuff is elderly - some of the German books are in Gothic print! Owner's a nice chap tho'  Novparl 02.10.14
I've visited this place a few times down the years. It is true that this shop is messy, to say the least. Particularly the basement, with books strewn over the floor. However, the owner is a nice guy, who was helpful when I asked if he had any Ursula Bloom titles. Within seconds he had unearthed three hardbacks by her. And reasonably priced too. With so many secondhand bookshops biting the dust, shops like this, despite their faults, should be supported while they still exist. Good general stock of hardbacks and paperbacks. And as for expensive parking - the train station is a 5 minute walk away!  Richard 18.07.15
I despair of this place and what it could be with bit of TLC.The arches are more than reasonable if you can find anything. The window is really a warning with its slanting shelves. Inside the books are either piled up on the floor (where at least you can see the titles) or stacked on the shelves with the titles turned away. There is some semblance of organisation and the Chap was unfailingly helpful but it is chaotic and would take very little time to sort out. The basement is another matter. Firstly watch the penultimate stair tread on the way down, it is rotten (dry rot I suspect from the smell) . It is a real elf and safety nightmare down there. When I seize power in my extremely blood coup d'etat, one of my first measures apart from banning the Daily Mail, will be to make it a criminal offence to treat books as they are treated in this cellar. There must be some gems in this place , it is just finding them ...  Jon Morgan 26.09.15
Now called "Raining Books". Tilted shelves in the window as before. Don't know if there are any changes, as I went past on a Sunday.  Paul O 29.04.16
Agree that this shop is not very tidy but did buy a good new local Brighton one for £12.99.  Chris K 15.09.17
Winner of the messiest shop I have ever been in - never literally walked on piles of books to get a title. Bizarre to see most books shelved pages outward. But owner found two of my wants very quickly so obviously he knows where they were even of the customers can't.  Norman Davies 31.05.18

Revive All/LEWES/The Old Needlemakers
Revive All  Open at advertised times
The Old Needlemakers  West Street   LEWES   BN7 2NZ
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tel: 01273 476001 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 9.30 - 6.00, Sunday 11.00 - 4.00.
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Two rooms of general secondhand books in the basement.

Two rooms in the basement of the Needlemakers Centre (worth a visit for various art shops, and a nice cafe). If in Lewes for Bow Windows, Cummings, & The Fifteenth Century, it is worth a quick look.  Richard 
What a treasure trove for ephemera and magazine collectors. Also a large collection of children's books and annuals. Prices most reasonable. A wonderful oasis.  Chris Harte 06.09.13
Interesting place, but do need to be a bit of a contortionist to see all the shelved items. As Chris H says more to interest ephemera collectors but some decent book titles.  Norman Davies 31.05.18
There is a half-price 'retirement sale' of certain titles over ten pounds until the end of August - when the new owner will refresh and reduce the stock. Pleasant surroundings with a cafe in this Victorian candle factory, partly given over to manufacturing hypodermic needles in the Second War.  Nicholas Sack 13.08.19

Rye Old Books/RYE/7 Lion Street
Rye Old Books  Open at advertised times
7 Lion Street   RYE   TN31 7LB
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tel: 01797 225410  e-mail 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 10.30 - 5.30 & Sunday 1.00 - 5.00. (Phone to confirm in winter. Shop closes for annual holidays.)
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General stock, something for everyone, from 50 pence to £3000. Childrens' illustrated, fine bindings, Irish interest literature. Our thirteenth year in business. We search for books at the most competitive price. We post to all corners of the earth.

A very brusque unwelcoming attitude to an opening simple query. Was made to feel totally unwanted. Asked two friends to go in, five minutes apart, each came out with the same feeling. Why go into a bookshop which doesn't want you in it.  Chris Harte 27.06.09
Still the same unwelcoming attitude three years on and by the look of all the dust still the same stock!  Tikit 12.07.12
Rubbery Legs. 1/10.  The Boxer 17.09.13
A laughably rude proprietor: I asked her to show me the Visual Arts section, and she snorted and declared: "ALL arts are visual." (Not true; literary and performing arts are two categories.) Dull old stock. Rye deserves better than this.  Nicholas Sack 29.07.14
A shame you haven't had the good experience I have always had in this bookshop the proprietor is a knowledgeable bookseller with whom I have enjoyed wonderfully engaging conversations (just this week as a matter of fact).  Jen Lindsay 30.08.14
Very pleasant reception (friendly and knowledgeable conversation with me and the customer before me), nice general stock.  Alex Johnson 26.04.19

Savery Books/BRIGHTON/257 Ditchling Road
Savery Books  Phone before travelling
257 Ditchling Road   BRIGHTON   BN1 6JH
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tel: 01273 503030 
Open:  Monday - Friday 9.00 - 5.00, closed Tuesday.
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General secondhand fiction and non-fiction.

This shop is closed on Tuesdays. Go on another day, though, and you'll find an inviting, satisfyingly old-school bookshop with well-stocked shelves and the occasional pile of paperbacks on the floor.There's a strong selection of modern fiction (some in almost new condition), plenty of fine art, and sometimes intriguing pop culture/esoteric titles in the window. Sensible prices, friendly proprietor. Off the beaten track? Maybe, but while you're there you can also indulge yourself at the independent bakers Raven's nearby.  Paul O 03.07.15
Great little bookshop, not sure how I've missed it for so long (is it newish?)- has a broad selection of literary and modern paperback novels for us lowly "general readers", lol, and some nice shelves on poetry and such; very fair prices too. Not huge, but definitely will be a place I visit regularly.  Yossarian 22.08.15
This place has apparently been going for 20 years. It is the best of all the secondhand bookshop in Brighton. I chose to walk it and had to ask for Oxygen at the end of my trek. Be advised it is a long walk outside the other shops clustered in the New Lanes. That said the no 26 bust from central Brighton (St Peter's Church) stops right outside the bookshop. The stock is good quality and wide ranging . It could do with some central head height shelving to take the piles off the floor. That aside this place is difficult to fault and its prices were most reasonable and the staff / owner very attentive. Their love of and knowledge of books shone thru. It is an approach that many in Brighton and elsewhere could learn from. They had not heard of the Book shop Guide and were most pleased with their (well deserved) write-up. Despite the trek, WAD.  Jon Morgan 26.09.15
Closed when I called on a Monday! However, the nearby Ravens Bakery more than made up for my disappointment.  Chris Harte 08.04.16
Caveat viator! I toiled out to "Fiveways" today (9.01.19) to find that the shop is closed till Saturday 2nd February. Is it one of those annoying seasonal bookshops, I wonder?  Laurence Purcell 21.01.19

Ubu Books/BRIGHTON/Unit 10
Ubu Books  Open at advertised times
Unit 10  The Open Market  Marshalls Row   BRIGHTON   BN1 4JU
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tel: 01273 695728  web 
Open:  Thursday - Saturday 9.30 - 5.00.
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A fantastic selection of secondhand books from great value reads to rare collectables.

It's about the size of an average secondhand bookshop - that is, perhaps 7-8,000 books. A broad range of general stock, competitively priced. It describes itself as holding "a fantastic selection of secondhand books from great value reads to rare collectables which seems pretty accurate to me. Definitely worth a look.  Richard Powell 22.10.15
Ubu has an irresistible selection of all things countercultural: the Beats, the surrealists, new wave sci-fi of the 60s and 70s, small-press books from the likes of Atlas press, and incendiary manifestoes. There are also plenty of retro-chic pulp paperbacks (Pan and Panther) with lurid covers, as well as a good spread of more mainstream Penguin Classics and Modern Classics, all invitingly laid out. Oh, and the "Open Market" is actually indoors, so the weather can't stop your browsing.  Paul O 15.11.15

Uckfield Lions Charity Bookshop/UCKFIELD/Olives Yard
Uckfield Lions Charity Bookshop  Open at advertised times
Olives Yard  Just off the High Street  Opposite the NatWest Bank   UCKFIELD   TN22 1QP
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Open:  Wednesday - Saturday 10.00 - 4.00
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Quite a large collection of books found both inside the cottage and, on the fine day I visited, outside. Mainly fiction, but cheap and in good condition in the main. Bridge Cottage dates back to 1426 and is a focal point of the town center, located about 2 minutes walk from Uckfield Station.  Steve Newman 24.11.11
Same as my previous visit almost a year ago now. A great little bookshop to browse in, with the added bonus that it is now open Wednesday's as well.  Steve Newman 19.11.12
Has now moved to Olives Yard.  Mei 11.09.14
All books £1.20, standard charity shop fare lots of it but nothing very exciting. Several notices warning dealers that they can only have a maximum of 25 books and only 3 of the same author, I would doubt most dealers would find 25 books! Obviously a story there.  HB 15.02.20

Vintage etc/EASTBOURNE/30 Pevensy Road
Vintage etc  Open at advertised times
30 Pevensy Road   EASTBOURNE   BN21 3HP
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tel: 07702 744866  e-mail 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 11.00 - 500.
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Dave Berry is at it again, loads of books all @ £2 upstairs at Vintage etc. A small antiquarian section on the ground floor + decorative books by the yard.

This is run by the same bloke who ran Tome a few years back, and has a similar feel, but a fraction of the size - perhaps a quarter of the size - around 30 bookcases, but some sparsely filled. Penguins, pulp crime, and an eclectic selection of art, travel, horses, naval, etc. Not much hardback fiction. At two quid, nothing is really overpriced; so if there's something beyond the paperback fiction that grabs your attention, good chance you'll feel you have a bargain. I wouldn't make a special trip, but if you're visiting Camilla's and having a day out in Eastbourne, then stroll across town could be worth it.  TheWavesBroke 26.04.19
Very nice to see Dave back. Tome was a great shop and was much missed. The shop is a mix of antiques and loads of mainly well-priced paperbacks (lots of Penguins and thrillers). Well worth a visit and a browse.  Mike H 13.06.19

Wax Factor/BRIGHTON/24 Trafalgar Street
The Wax Factor  Open at advertised times
24 Trafalgar Street   BRIGHTON   BN1 4EQ
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tel: 01273 673744   e-mail 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 10.15 - 5.30.
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A vinyl and CD shop with a good selection of hardbacks and paperbacks covering a wide range of subjects.

Sells more records than books, but has a relatively large stock of books too (for example, it's bigger than the stock at the BHF Books & Music in Brighton).  M&O 02.10.12
Crammed with stock, with a bias towards esoterica, underground books, cinema, and local interest. The window displays never fail to draw you in with rare or intriguing titles and even the discards outside yield bizarre finds. Oh, and downstairs you'll find compilations of 60s music you'll never see elsewhere -- even online.  Paul O 13.10.12
Plenty to interest on the (book) shelves with a bias to the Arts - and and an enormous variety of music.  Herne 22.10.12
Predominately a very good record shop but with an interesting selection of books-largely art, photographic, music, film , arts related at reasonable prices. Worth a detour if within your interests. Car park nearby.  The Drifter 14.08.13
It's worth persevering with the extremely narrow aisles for pleasingly keen prices: strong on esoterica, witchcraft and healing. There's a shelf of Sussex local interest near the front counter.  Nicholas Sack 08.04.15
Not bad but the stock never seems to change. It would be better if the books and vinyl / CD/ DVD were completely separate, the lower shelved titles are very difficult to see in the narrow aisles.  Jon Morgan 26.09.15
Bought a very good item - SUSSEX: EAST (Yale). Cost me £15. Rather more s/h vinyl and CDs though. (You can have some lunch there too.)  Chris K 15.09.17
Sadly my limbo dancing skills deserted me many many years ago so unable to get at bottom shelves in aisles reminiscent of tube rush hours. However there did appear to be some decent books for those who could reach them.  Norman Davies 31.05.18