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Antiquates/WAREHAM/12A West Street
Antiquates  Open at advertised times
12A West Street   WAREHAM   BH20 4JX
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tel: 01929 556 656  e-mail  web 
Open:  Tuesday - Friday 10.00 - 5.00.
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Antiquates specialises in early and hand-press printing - but not excluding all others! Our bias is towards the unusual, the interesting and the important - and we try to offer our customers a varied selection, along with the advice on library development and special purchases.


Antique Map and Bookshop/PUDDLETOWN/32 High Street
The Antique Map and Bookshop  Open at advertised times
32 High Street   PUDDLETOWN   DT2 8RU
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tel: 01305 848633  e-mail  web 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 5.00
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Miscellaneous stock of antiquarian and good quality second-hand books. Specialities: 19th.century literature, esp.G.A.Henty, H.Rider Haggard, Thomas Hardy, H.G.Wells, A.C.Doyle. Also Travel/ Fine Bindings/ Illustrated books. Established in 1976. Members of ABA and PBFA. Puddletown is just outside Dorchester on the A35 to Bournemouth.

Rang ahead to check opening hours and stock. Arrived to find piles of what I collected awaiting me. Very helpful and knowledgeable young man in charge of shop.  Chris Harte 14.04.09
Specialist limited but fine book stock. Helpful staff - a good collector's shop not one for the generalist.  Norman Davies 09.06.12
Very fine bookshop with an excellent stock in certain subjects. Very pleasant young man with a good sense of humour and a willingness to negotiate. I was persuaded to pay the most I have ever paid for a book, but worth every penny. Well worth a visit.  CB 02.04.15
Excellent place, but not for my wallet!  Rod Hughes 15.11.16

Black Pug Books/WIMBORNE/The Old Gallery
Black Pug Books  Open at advertised times
The Old Gallery  24 West Borough   WIMBORNE   BH21 1NF
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tel: 01202 889383 
Open:  Thursday, Friday & Saturday 10.00 - 6.00
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Highly varied mix of stock, but no paperbacks or book club editions. Smallish room in private house. Tea and coffee happily offered in home surroundings.

A wonderful bookshop with a great variety of really good books. Thoroughly recommended!  David Aston 22.02.18

Book Corner/BRIDPORT/Unit 32
The Book Corner  Open at advertised times
Unit 32  Alleyways  52 St Michaels Trading Estate   BRIDPORT   DT6 3RR
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tel: 01451 832253  e-mail  web 
Open:  7 days 10.00 - 5.00.
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Very small stock in an antiques centre. General stock, secondhand and antiquarian, also sheet music. Offshoot of our shop (Evergreen Livres) in Stow-On-The-Wold, GL54 1BQ. Major credit cards accepted.


Books Afloat/WEYMOUTH/66 Park Street
Books Afloat  Open at advertised times
66 Park Street   WEYMOUTH   DT4 7DE
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tel: 01305 779774 
Open:  Tuesday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.00.
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Good general stock on two floors whilst specialising in maritime and naval subjects, very much cover all subjects so something for everybody! Also genuine nautical antiques, ships bells ,models, die cast toys, clockwork trains, old postcards,paintings etc. Park Street is directly opposite Weymouth Railway Station and very handy for the town and harbour and beach.

Worth visiting even if you have no interest in their specialities.  TBG 
Good stock of most transport areas at reasonable prices. Friendly and knowledgeable owner. I am a regular visitor, new stock often available.  Paul Simpson. 15.11.10
Wonderful bookshop, with excellent selections of naval, maritime, yachting and local interest new & secondhand books, also ship models & memorabilia. Shop very close to railway station. Well worth a visit.  Mark Barrett 12.04.11
What a wonderful place that is! Splendid second hand bookshop. I wish I would live closer to this place, alas! I´don´t. Maybe it´s for the better. If I could return, like I would, I´d bring a lorry.  Ralf 18.07.11
Unbeatable for marine but also good on topography and fiction.  Herne 20.07.11
Excellent bookshop. Good selection of railway books, local memorabilia and fiction in addition to nautical books. Intended just to pop in but spent an hour browsing and buying. Helpful, friendly owner and certainly recommend a visit.  Steve Brissle 29.07.13
Excellent shop over two floors - reasonable prices. Have certainly had some bargains there over the years. Parking nearby as well as railway station. Well worth a detour.  The Drifter 22.08.13
With its bow-fronted upper floor, close-packed shelves, and marine curiosities hanging in every available inch, the first impression is almost Dickensian. But quirkiness aside, its affable owner runs a tight ship. Everything's well-organised and there are finds to be had. Local history and literature are a specialism: for example, I discovered rare titles by West Country-related authors John Cowper Powys and T.F. Powys. Perfect when you've had enough of the beach.  Paul O 29.08.14
Little gems take finding, this is a gem. Unique shop, great stock. Helpful owner.  Bazza 22.02.18
Good old fashioned traditional bookshop with helpful owner. Stock well displayed and reasonably priced. Recommended.  Steve Newman 08.09.21

Bookshop/LYME REGIS/Marine Parade
The Bookshop  Open at advertised times
Marine Parade  The Cobb   LYME REGIS   DT7 3JF
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tel: 07720 747328 
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Mainly paperback fiction. - TBG.

Small but clearly organised and good for fiction.  Herne 20.07.11
If this shop was ever open I'm sure it would be good to browse. And people wonder why 2nd hand bookshops are dying out ...  Dominic Zero 16.08.11
What a wonderful bookshop! Teeny-weeny-itsy-bitsy but full of character and a *very* discerning collection of books. No pulp here, just outstanding authors - where else would you find the complete works of Marquez for example? Three cheers for the proprietress!  Neil 31.07.12
Great bookshop. Small, but you have to examine the shelves carefully as every book counts. All killer, no filler. I ducked in and in 15 minutes I found 3 books that I totally needed in my life. They are now on MY shelves. Loads more I could have bought but at age 55, I already have more books than I have time left to read.  Ian 21.04.17

Bridport Old Books/BRIDPORT/11 South Street
Bridport Old Books  Open at advertised times
11 South Street   BRIDPORT   DT6 3NR
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tel: 01308 425689  e-mail 
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General secondhand and antiquarian books, childrens, illustrated and the arts.  TBG 
A great place: something for all tastes and particularly strong on children's, illustrated, local and military stock, and with plenty of unusual items too.  Arthur Hook 14.12.10
A well-organised shop with something for most tastes. Good for topography and art.  Herne 20.07.11
Very disappointed. Decent stock but dear, and seemed to be most books in a large inaccessible back room? Maybe I went on a bad day, will try again in future.  Norman Davies 09.06.12
Small but pleasant enough shop - 2 rooms, well organised. Good selection of Children's books,local interest and history but a decent enough general selection of most things. Not especially pricey, what I looked at. Nothing grabbed my attention today but ironically my long suffering wife DID buy something.  Flip M 06.05.16
I don't feel that the above reviews do this shop justice! The stock is varied, of good quality and in good condition, and the prices of the books I looked at were not unreasonable - you can't expect them to be given away. The owner was very friendly.  Henry Middleton 07.12.17
I agree with Henry. A very interesting shop with a varied stock. I found three books I was after and along with others checked found the prices to be a bit on the low side. Most certainly will revisit.  Chris Harte 09.04.19

Chapter House Books/SHERBORNE/Trendle Street
Chapter House Books  Open at advertised times
Trendle Street   SHERBORNE   DT9 3NT
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tel: 01935 816262  e-mail 
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Very helpful and pleasant. Stock well ordered - signs indicate a large reserve stock. Hoping to expand customer facilities for next year.  Clive Cheeseman 10.09.07
Fantastic stock and superb staff in a proper old fashioned book shop. I only manage to get to the shop maybe twice a year but they always remember me, are always helpful and always have something I want ! oh and they now have a coffee shop what more could you want.  Ray Packham 11.10.10
A large selection and topography featured very well. Also has a cafe annexed.  Herne 20.07.11
I loved this shop - a genuine large s/hand shop crammed full of all sorts, reasonable prices. Well worth a detour.  Norman Davies 09.06.12
Just around the corner from the Abbey. On 2 floors, small cafe at the back (or the side, more accurately). First impression was its all a bit of a jumble - sections are together but there was stock in boxes and piled this way and that. However, some perseverance is worthwhile. Subjects ARE together - and there's a lot here. Good on topography, Children's and history especially. Hardbacks downstairs, paper upstairs. Prices a mix but mostly reasonable. I picked up a couple of old WW2 paperback memoirs for £3 each in excellent condition. Well worth visiting - as is Sherborne.  Flip M 06.05.16

Dorset Bookshop/BLANDFORDFORUM/69 East Street
The Dorset Bookshop   Open at advertised times
69 East Street    BLANDFORD FORUM  DT11 7DX
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tel:  01258 452266  e-mail   web
Open:  Tuesday - Saturday 10.00 - 1.00
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Kevin and Denny Cook took over this quirky unspoilt Georgian building in 2007. 6 rooms of books on 3 floors -new downstairs and four rooms of secondhand books upstairs. Comfy chairs and coffee in a peaceful old fashioned lounge.

Sells a mixture of new (ground floor front) and second-hand (ground floor rear and upstairs). A lot of ?local? topography and travel.  Clive Cheeseman 15.08.07
Best bookshop in Dorset by a mile!  A 13.09.11
A good bookshop with new books on the ground floor and second hand on the other two. Certainly more ordered since the new owners took over awhile back although prices higher now. Parking nearby.  The Drifter 22.08.13
Good general stock, across several rooms, encouraging an enjoyable rummage. To be congratulated on outlasting the local Oxfam bookshop which appears to have closed.  Simon Procter 21.08.15
Quirky! Rooms are fairly small but there are LOTS of books, well worth visiting. The odd painting and various antique clocks and other things are dotted around too (we actually bought a couple of paintings as well as some books). Didn't check out the local interest section but otherwise quite a few old books in most categories. A good general browse. Owner did remark the antiques side seems to be He more successful side which would be a shame. WWAD, as they say. Long and short stay car park a few hundred yards away.  Flip M 04.05.17
Must admit to being a bit disappointed a year later. More of the stock seemed tatty and dog-eared than was healthy...some of the books I recognised being there last year on my last visit. Still, an interesting shop to visit but it did seem the stock needed freshening up a bit. And some of the prices dropping.  Flip M 18.05.18

Harrison-Hiett at Toad Hall/WIMBORNE/Stone Lane
Harrison-Hiett at Toad Hall  Open at advertised times
Stone Lane   WIMBORNE   BH21 1HB
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tel: 01202 880487  e-mail  web 
Open:  7 days 10.00 - 4.00.
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A wide range of sound books in a book room. Hb & Pb. Lots of maps and prints. A "Shabby Chic" antique centre.


Ida_s Country Corner/CHARMOUTH/The Street
Ida's Country Corner  Open at advertised times
The Street   CHARMOUTH   DT6 6PX
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tel: 01297 560252 
Open:  7 days, 8.00 - 6.00 in summer, 9.00 - 5.00 in winter.
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Small but growing stock of secondhand books, OS maps and prints. Westcountry books and railways.


Keith Jones Bookshop/BOURNEMOUTH/2 Hinton Road
Keith Jones Bookshop  Open at advertised times
2 Hinton Road   BOURNEMOUTH   BH1 2EE
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tel: 01202 292272  e-mail 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 5.30.
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Keith Jones Bookshop has a large second hand section of Christian books as well as selling new books,dvds,cards and gifts. New stock arriving all the time.


Nautical Antique Centre/WEYMOUTH/Old Harbour Passage
The Nautical Antique Centre  Open at advertised times
Old Harbour Passage  3a Hope Square   WEYMOUTH   DT4 8TR
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tel: 01305 777838  e-mail  web 
Open:  Tuesday - Friday 10.00 - 5.00 or by appointment. Closed for lunch.
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Specialist stock of nautical related books, prints, photographs and charts.

Very limited number and range of secondhand books when I visited.  Steve Brissle 29.07.13

New, Secondhand and Antiquarian Books/SWANAGE/35 Station Road
New, Secondhand and Antiquarian Books  Open at advertised times
35 Station Road   SWANAGE   BH19 1AD
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tel: 01929 424088  e-mail  web 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 9.30 - 5.00.
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A wide range of first edition and rare books, paperbacks and local interest books, maps and guides for the Isle of Purbeck. Latest bestsellers and new book ordering service. Situated in the main shopping street, 100 yards from the train station.

Very friendly, informative advice given to me on telephone. Thank you for your help.  digi13 24.05.12
Mixed stock of, in equal proportion, new, remainders, and second-hand. Strong on Dorset, inc, Thos. Hardy, and maybe WAD if these are your interest. Certainly worth a look if you are already in town.  Steven 21.08.19

Oxfam Books and Music/DORCHESTER/24a South Street
Oxfam Books and Music  Open at advertised times
24a South Street   DORCHESTER   DT1 1BY
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tel: 01305 263590 
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Pretty much the Oxfam decor and selection you have come to expect. Airy, attractive interior, but not many surprises. Good on children's books, though, and I did find a cache of the appealing Penguin pocket-size "English Journeys" series, so worth a look.  Paul O 29.08.14

Oxfam Bookshop/SHAFTESBURY/19 High Street
Oxfam Bookshop  Open at advertised times
19 High Street   SHAFTESBURY   SP7 8JS
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tel: 01747 854636  e-mail  web 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 5.00.
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General secondhand stock.

A small but well laid out shop and, for Oxfam, quite reasonable prices. Certainly better than any of the Bristol Oxfam's.  The Drifter 14.08.13

Oxfam Bookshop/SWANAGE/21 Institute Road
Oxfam Bookshop  Open at advertised times
21 Institute Road   SWANAGE   BH19 1BT
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tel: 01929 425739  web 
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Well laid out shop but with little of interest and usual unrealistic Oxfam overpricing which doesn't exactly encourage repeat visits. Nearby charity shops generally have more interesting books to offer at more realistic prices. Parking nearby. Not worth a detour.  The Drifter 29.08.13
Palooka. 1/10.  The Boxer 14.09.13
Another Oxfam Boutique shop with a small over-priced stock.  Simon Procter 21.08.15
A small shop in a small town so I did not have any great expectations. It is relatively strong on p/back fiction across the genres and there are holdings on most non-fiction subjects although none in any great depth. While it should be possible to find something to read on the beach it is NWAD for collectors  Steven 29.08.19

Reference Works/SWANAGE/9 Commercial Road
Reference Works  Appointment necessary
9 Commercial Road   SWANAGE   BH19 1DF
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tel: 01929 424423  e-mail  web 
Open:  Appointment necessary.
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Ceramic book specialists. All areas of collecting and the study of pottery and porcelain, especially out of print material. Also a range of 18th to 20th century ceramics.


Sanctuary Bookshop /LYME REGIS/65 Broad Street  
Sanctuary Bookshop   Open at advertised times
65 Broad Street    LYME REGIS  DT7 3QF
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tel:  01297 445815  e-mail  
Open:  7 days, 10.30 - 5.30.
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General secondhand bookshop with a mysterious "reserve stock", which apparently you have to sleep with the owner to see.  TBG 
A bit of a mystery that seems to work on the principile that a rummage in what could be a stage set for a second-hand bookshop and the chance of somewhere to keep warm and dry will sell a book or two - and it seems to work - especially now there is a more traditional bookroom at the back run by another dealer.  Arthur Hook 14.12.10
Two shops in one building - second one at the back was the more helpfully laid out. Again good for fiction. Also Antiques emporium on the front has several cases of books.  Herne 20.07.11
Interesting to say the least - large varied and somewhat higgly piggly laid out stock. Well worth a visit and rummage as is a chat to the owner!  Norman Davies 09.06.12
Higgledy-piggledy is indeed a good description. An interesting shop to visit if you have the time to mooch around in here. If you're in a rush, perhaps not. Books are crammed in everywhere, alongside pictures of authors, in the relevant shelves (nice touch) plus odd antiques here and there. No evidence of a separate shop at the back - it seemed like it was all 1 shop now. There is also a downstairs area too. Decent prices from what I looked at. Nothing for me today however. I did notice a very large children's section with many annuals at the front of the shop priced very reasonably - no more than £3, the couple that I checked.  Flip M 06.05.16
Great bookshop. I really enjoyed a couple of hours I spent here. Pretty damn good children's section as you go in. Books all over the place in different alcoves and rooms. Sorted in various ways. Plus a basement with sofas in a weird bit with a very low ceiling. A bookshop that holds out plenty of hope. The shop contains at least five books that you will enjoy so much that you will remember them all your life. All you have to do is find them. The room at the back does seem to replicate sections that can also be found in other areas of the shop. I wonder what Driff would have made of it. Friendly owner who just lets you get on with it.  Ian 21.04.17
There really are some hidden treasures here amongst all of the muddle. I would have spent longer searching but was told it was lunchtime and that the shop was closing. What I did purchase were some scares titles but others of interest were far too expensive.  Chris Harte 26.04.19

Stour Bookshop/STURMINSTER NEWTON/Bridge Street
Stour Bookshop  Open at advertised times
Bridge Street   STURMINSTER NEWTON   DT10 1AP
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tel: 01258 473561 
Open:  Tuesday - Saturday 10.00 - 4.00. Closed for lunch 1.00 - 2.00.
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General stock and illustrated books, archaeology, aviation, history and woman authors.

Opening hours currently given as 10:00 to 16:00 and closed for lunch from 13:00 to 14:00. Good general stock as per listing.  Simon Procter 21.08.15

WVS Bookshop/CRANBORNE/14 Wimborne Street
WVS Bookshop  Open at advertised times
14 Wimborne Street   CRANBORNE   BH21 5PP
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tel: 01725 551123  e-mail 
Open:  Monday - Friday 9.00 - 5.00.
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The shop has a wide-ranging stock attractively priced. A dedicated charity bookshop established in 2009 by the Worldwide Veterinary Service in an attractive village setting.

An excellent charity shop tucked away in the middle of nowhere. Reasonable prices and well laid out. Worth a detour.  The Drifter 14.08.13
A Belter. 9/10.  The Boxer 16.10.13
A wonderful shop full of interesting books. Helpful and friendly assistant.  MT 26.07.14

Weldmar Hospicecare Trust Bookshop/DORCHESTER/1 South Terrace
Weldmar Hospicecare Trust Bookshop  Open at advertised times
1 South Terrace   DORCHESTER   DT1 1DE
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tel: 01305 251225 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 5.00.
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A wide range of good condition secondhand books. All books are donated and profits go to support local hospices.

Promising charity bookshop, with clued-up staff. Looked strong on history (and local history), but also had some unexpected titles in literary classics. From their collectable shelves, I bagged a first edition of a minor 50s novel I've always meant to read. Easy place to visit if you're on the Dorchester museums trail.  Paul O 29.08.14
Moved to this address 21/11/16.  TBG 22.11.16

West Moors Bookshop/WEST MOORS/205 Station Road
West Moors Bookshop  Open at advertised times
205 Station Road   WEST MOORS   BH22 0HX
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Open:  TBA
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Dorset Book Exchange is now internet only. The good news is that the shop continues under new ownership along the same lines but with a change of name to The West Moors Bookshop. Full details to follow.


Wild and Homeless Books/BRIDPORT/12 South Street
Wild and Homeless Books  Open at advertised times
12 South Street   BRIDPORT   DT6 3NQ
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tel: 01308 421970  e-mail  web 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 9.30 - 4.30.
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Est 2009, under new mismanagement since Bastille Day 2016 - aux bibliothèque, mes amies! Frequently changing general stock over two floors in a Grade II listed building. Major renovation of stock and shop planned for winter 2016/17. Most credit cards accepted, book searches undertaken, and perhaps needless to say, we buy books as well as sell them.

Seems to be expanding its stock and seems to have taken root, and their arrival plus the (always changing) stock in Bridport Books gives bookbuyers a good reason to linger.  Arthur Hook 14.12.10
Closed at 4pm not 5 as advertised so I never got there.  Herne 20.07.11
Just OK. Lots of indifferent stock, the few things of interest highly priced. Shop over the road much better.  Bookworm 12.05.12
Totally disorganised. I think 2 shelves were labelled with a category, otherwise there were random books everywhere. Sometimes several related books were together but the ground floor and upstairs were mostly like a big jumble sale with nothing organised. "If you want to find something, put the work in" seems to be the motto. Random books were on shelves, the floor in piles, in boxes...and the lad behind the counter was sat reading a book. An utter mess. I did spend ten minutes looking around but if they can't be bothered, why should anyone else be? Don't ask me what they specialised in, it was impossible to tell...  Flip M 06.05.16
Now under new management.  TBG 14.10.16
I came in with my partner but he didn't stay long, however I stayed for perhaps 40 minutes. What a treasure trove! It is disorganised and you will have to put in the effort but it is worth it when you find a hidden gem. Upstairs is incredible. Lots of really rare books and very well priced. Don't be put off by the chaos, it is the best book shop I have ever been to, promise!  Lucy 31.01.17
If the reviews above are anything to go by this shop has improved no end over the last few months! It's not up to the standard of Bridport Old Books across the road but it is well worth a visit and I was happy to find two good purchases.  Henry Middleton 07.12.17
An enjoyable visit. The owner (Jon Lever) knows his books and was able to direct me to the various categories of my interests. Different stock to the shop opposite which is why a visit to the town will be repeated.  Chris Harte 09.04.19

Wings of War Books/PIDDLETRENTHIDE/Scotch Mist
Wings of War Books  Appointment necessary
Scotch Mist   PIDDLETRENTHIDE   DT2 7QG
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tel: 07791 072309  e-mail  web 
Open:  Viewings by appointment only
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Specialist in used military aviation books from world war 2. Rare and collectible books from the RAF, Luftwaffe, Battle of Britain and Pacific theatres. Online used aviation book store with free delivery on all items to the mainland UK.


Winton Bookshop/BOURNEMOUTH/1062 Christchurch Road
Winton Bookshop  Open at advertised times
1062 Christchurch Road   BOURNEMOUTH   BH7 6DS
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tel: 01202 423 233  e-mail  web 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 10.30 - 4.30. Early closing Wednesday & Saturday at 2.00.
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A small shop with a big and varied, interesting stock, carefully selected. Books, vintage magazines & comics, postcards, posters, vintage photos, prints, ephemera, vinyl records etc. Established in the book trade for nearly 40 years. Winton Bookshop Ltd.