The UEB finally got its bookwitch inspection this time round. It is a lovely little shop, and quite a contrast to the light and possibly over-sanitised chain shops you get in Sweden. Non-matching shelves in several small rooms, in a higgledy piggledy English sort of style. A little dark, and with a member of staff greeting customers as they enter.
The groaning tables had none of the 3 for 2 piles, but offered a large variety of books, that all managed to look interesting. Your witch looked at the children’s corner with some care. Very good selection. Much of it predictable, but the fact that it’s there at all, in a language other than the country’s own is remarkable. Along with all the latest paperbacks there were old classics, and more than you tend to see in your standard UK shop.
Extra brownie points awarded for the copy of Adrian McKinty’s The Lighthouse Land which I found. I have not seen that in a shop previously.
Philip Pullman had his own little stand with most of his books, and the Sally Lockhart range in the new black and white woodcut covers. (I want!) Terry Pratchett had his own corner, too, so these people know what matters.