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    • Qype User tierna…
    • Cardiff
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    5.0 star rating

    The best bookshop in the world. As i grew up in Chiswick i was taken here at a very young age. As i have grown so has my appreciation for this very special bookshop.

    Many classic, sometimes expensive books in here including many first editions of Ian Fleming.

    Stepping in here is like stepping back in time and i try to pop in every time i'm in Chiswick.

    I hope it's here when i have a son and i can take him round just the same way i was. Great childhood memory.

  • 3.0 star rating
    7/5/2012 Updated review

    Stephen's replies to my grumpy review are pretty fair, I guess.

    Power to him for replying!

    2.0 star rating
    18/12/2011 Previous review
    Pretty disappointing for an antiques book store. Perhaps I've been spoiled by all the lovely ones in… Read more
    Stephen F.
    Comment from Stephen F. of Fosters Bookshop
    Business Owner
    5/5/2012 Sorry you found us disappointing, it's not the usual reaction we get.

    1. The books are all organised…
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  • 5.0 star rating
    First to Review

    If any of you know that show 'Black Books', then this shop will be reminiscent of the one in the show.  It is a lovely shop which reminds you of a simpler time.  They have lots of books, antiquarian and rare books, fine bindings, children's illustrated and first editions, prints, postcards and ephemera.  It feels crammed but I don't mind this when it comes to books because it adds character and uniqueness to the shop.  
    You can also take any old books and exchange them, or even sell them.  It's like adding to a library were the smells of moist paper and wood are enticing and overwhelmingly delicious. (No, is not food but it really is special)  It also helps that this shop is one of the oldest in the high road, dates back to 1800s.  
    Being what the books are can make them expensive, for instance a 1930s alphabet and image book in french can cost £48, but you can find cheaper books like Joan Miro's Sculptures for £17.  Even if you don't want to buy anything the sense of history and longevity is palpable.

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Old and rare books.  Children's illustrated, fine bindings and first editions.


Established in 1971.

Family run business, established over 40 years.
The shop is the oldest on Chiswick High Road.

Open most Sundays 11 to 5, but do call first.