Charing Cross Road used to be the heart of the second-hand book trade in London. One of the all too few remnants of the those glorious days, is Any Amount of Books at No 56. There has been a second-hand dealer in the premises since the 1920s (and probably well before that).
To this Londonista, Any Amount of Books (AAOB), is probably the best second-hand bookshop there is (and the Guardian seems to agree with us); the proof being in the amount of money left behind over the years and the silly number of books
cluttering furnishing our small garret, most of which come from AAOB.
Let it be said, however, that the ire of our bank manager is not warranted by the price of the books, which are very reasonably priced, especially for central London. Many a bargain was had by this collector of modern first editions. Several times a year, the basement stock will be put on sale with all books going at £1 (our visit took place soon after one such event, the shelves being usually very well stocked).
To anyone enjoying spending hours of expectant browsing, AAOB also presents the advantage of a wide choice of books on fairly high turn over. Those of a more superficial mind can even purchase bound books by the yard for decoration purposes.
Beyond this, however, the quaintly dilapidated shop, which is on two levels (ground floor and basement), has its own idiosyncratic atmosphere that makes it stand out and gives it its special place in our bibliophilic firmament.
A visit to AAOB is guaranteed to see you coming out with at least one book under your arm. You have been warned.
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