Cover Previews: France Magazine – October 2021

Visit the fabled Paris bookshop Shakespeare and CompanyOutside the Paris bookshop Shakespeare and Company. Pic: Bonnie ElliottOutside the Paris bookshop Shakespeare and Company. Pic: Bonnie Elliott

“There are bookshops so packed with history, eccentricity and cultural clout they become a story themselves and the subject of literature. They have the kind of aura that extends beyond bookshelves and rises above commerce, offering writers and readers a refuge from the storms outside, a place where you feel a potential literary superstar just to hang out there.

City Lights in San Francisco (est. 1953), Strand bookstore in New York (est. 1927) and Foyles in London (est. 1903) fall into this category, but the stand-out trailblazer of them all has to be Shakespeare and Company in Paris, ‘a novel in three words’, as the founder of its current manifestation, George Whitman, once described it.”

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