A Visit to Wigtown

10 Sep

After writing The Zero Curse, now having its second edit, and doing the first set of edits for The Gordian Knot, I decided that we needed a holiday. And so we drove to Wigtown, Scotland’s National Book Town. It was smaller than I had expected – there were very few places to eat, save for the hotel and a handful of cafes – but it was interesting. I brought home a lorry-load of books.


The sign welcoming us to the town; turn right for books.


We stayed at the Craft Hotel – the staff were friendly, the room was reasonably comfortable and the food was good.  It also sells a vast number of DVDs and books.


I’m not convinced that this is the largest second-hand bookshop in Scotland, as I visited a pretty big one in Inverness, but it was still a great find.  Plenty of old books, as well as history and military stuff.  Prices were reasonably good, but some of the older books were priced high.


A bookshop for children, with both new and second-hand books.  Eric had a good time playing while i looked for books, finding an old friend from childhood in the shelves …


Believe it or not, this is an AIRBNB.  It’s a small bookshop with limited stock, but it offers a fun experience.  I’ve worked in bookshops – it can be great <grin>


One of a handful of cafes that also sell books.  There’s a focus on female authors, although the collection is actually much broader.  It also hosts book discussion groups and sells food.


Larger on the inside, this bookshop sells all kinds of books – I was there for the history.  It is well worth a look – the staff were very friendly and knowledgeable,


From the outside, this one doesn’t look like much.  But it has the largest collection of second-hand fantasy and SF books I’ve seen outside LONDONCON.  The owner was friendly and chatted happily to me about books – I bought a vast number of Baen books I never knew existed until i entered his shop.  My collection thanks him, although my bank manager probably doesn’t.  There’s also a collection of rare SF magazines and suchlike – I had a look, but decided against buying any. 


Believe it or not, this is meant to be a harbour.  Eric and I explored, but all we found was an old dock filled with mud.  The tide must have been out.  (I later discovered that the harbour simply isn’t used very often.)

All in all, we had a good time.  The only downside was the limited choice of food – I’d assumed that we could find a curry house, but the closest one was apparently eight miles away (we didn’t go).  One of the booksellers also warned me that the ATMs had a habit of running out of money, something that is apparently a major problem during the festival.  But otherwise … we had a very good time.

Back to work tomorrow …

9 Responses to “A Visit to Wigtown”

  1. David Graf September 11, 2017 at 1:05 am #

    Heaven is like a bookstore where every volume on the shelf you’ll love to read and each book you read is better than the one before.

  2. georgephillies September 12, 2017 at 2:50 am #

    Despite all this, Chris has managed to start posting Graduation Day on the Baen Slush Pile.

  3. Mark September 12, 2017 at 3:57 am #

    how do we access the slush pile so we can read it?

  4. Christy September 14, 2017 at 12:55 pm #

    Hi. Just wanted to say I found Zero Curse on amazon, but it won’t let me buy it?? It might be because I live in Norway or it might be a mistake?

    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard September 14, 2017 at 1:52 pm #

      I successfully purchased it from Amazon (US) but I’m in the US.

      It might not have been completely up in Norway’s Amazon.

    • chrishanger September 17, 2017 at 4:53 pm #

      It should be up now.


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