The number of bookshops in Norwich has seen a sharp decline in recent years; it seems that Waterstones has taken over the high street since Ottakers closed down and Borders succumbed to the credit crunch. That’s why I was pleased to discover a lovely new store called the Book Hive.
It’s a higgledy piggledy independent shop, which feels friendly and has a personality. The staff certainly help with this – answering any questions that you may have.
I was also relieved to find that it doesn’t have too many books crammed into it. Odd as it sounds, I find this a happier shopping experience – I know where to start looking and can safely wander round the store without walking into a table of ‘Great Summer Reads’. I particularly liked this edition of Jane Eyre (right), which I had only ever seen online.
As someone that loves wasting time and money in bookshops, the Book Hive is a dream come true!
Directions to The Book Hive
The Book Hive is located on London Street, by the fork in the road.