This is pretty amazing. Matthew and Adam work hard at what they do, and what a reward. The best – BEST! – bookshop in The Independent’s Top 50 Bookshops list.
This startling ranking is for the old store, near to Waterloo. Hade and I nipped into the new Fulham Road shop this morning, just to see what it’s like, and I almost burst into tears. It’s just perfect. You go in and there’s Matthew behind the till on the right. A fiction/new stuff/travel room with three tables of really well chosen titles, clean and smooth shelves all around, then a doorway through to a back room, which has kids’ books, so through from there and there’s another back room containing history and the like, and then – and I love this – a small courtyard out back. I say courtyard, it’s not really a courtyard, but a small, enclosed space with a table, two chairs, and a happy capacity to take sunshine.
I picked up three titles: The Post Office Girl by Stefan Zweig (Matthew’s recommendation), Contempt by Alberto Moravia (I bought Boredom by the same author at Shakespeare and Company in Paris earlier in the year and enjoyed that a lot), and finally a copy of The Iliad by Homer, a book I haven’t read since I was 18 but one that I enjoyed hugely back then.
So yeah, Crockatt & Powell is in Fulham. They’re not far from the site of the old Pan Bookshop. Over the road and then right (in the direction of the Cottage). Go in, say hello, and I’m sure you’ll find something you like.
(all of this is Fulham related because Matt has a season ticket at the Cottage)