“Traditional, with a quirky pop,” says Antonia Squire, the livewire owner of The Bookshop as she attempts to encapsulate the character and style for which she aims.
Full account of Ms Squire’s interesting life and love of books to follow on this site. Meanwhile, take a look at the window display and refurbishment. Free glass of bubbles, kids and adult, this Saturday.
Wild and Homeless Books
When Andrew Rutherford retired as Professor of Law and Criminal Policy at the University of Southampton, he moved to Bridport. Smart man. And not being a retiring sort, he went into second-hand books, first with a market stall and now in his suitably cosy and cluttered premises in South Street. Fiction, travel, music and topography are all well represented. But why Wild and Homeless? Because Virginia Woolf, in her 1930 essay, Street haunting: A London Adventure, wrote that “second-hand books are wild books, homeless books.”
Andrew, who seems restless if not wild and homeless, has also become a playwright. Blind Spot, an examination of the circumstances surrounding the death of Dr David Kelly, the scientist and weapons inspector, was performed at the Arts Theatre in June 2014. A second play, Counting the Birches, to be performed on behalf of and at the Bridport Arts Centre, is due in March.
Bridport Old Books
First impressions, if not first editions, are offered on the table outside, where passers-by are persuaded to peruse by an enticing selection of books priced to please. Inside, the old-book smell and the comfort of stacked shelves are just right. The owners, Caroline Mactaggart and Rosie Young, have as much character as their stock. “Don’t push us; just record us,” Caroline instructed. Very well. But Rosie, who was brought up in Charmouth, has an exotic past: she was one of the Biba twins that decorated the Swinging Sixties, and she gave Anna Wintour her first leg up in the fashion world. So how come she is in Bridport selling books while the Wintour Queen is running Vogue in New York? Because, like Caroline, Rosie is a true bibliophile and, as she says, “I always had my heart in Dorset.”