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Can anyone recommend any shops in Hay on Wye for military books, please?

I've been into the Old Cinema Bookshop before and bought one, but are there any others that are worth a visit?

Thank you.

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I don't think any are particularly specialist in military books. And you're unlikely to come across any "finds" - as with just about all the stock in most of the shops, they're very much about secondhand copies of recentish books.

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Why not Google on 'Military bookshops in Hay'?

Frankly, there are so many places selling books that you really need to spend some time there. also, Perhaps ignoring the Shop's title 'Military' or similar.

Martin

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Why not Google on 'Military bookshops in Hay'?

Frankly, there are so many places selling books that you really need to spend some time there. also, Perhaps ignoring the Shop's title 'Military' or similar.

Martin

I don't think any are particularly specialist in military books. And you're unlikely to come across any "finds" - as with just about all the stock in most of the shops, they're very much about secondhand copies of recentish books.

Thank you both for this advice.

I think that you're both right, really, but I wondered whether anyone had any particular places that they go to when in the area. I've googled "Military Bookshops" as you've suggested, and found a general guide, which I've printed.

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I recently purchased a couple of military books online from a shop called Hay on Wye Booksellers. Here is how they describe themselves on Amazon:

"Books shipped from the United Kingdom Delivery 5-12 business days. We are Located in the market square in the centre of Hay-on-Wye, on the England Wales border in the United Kingdom famous for its second hand book shops. Part of the shop is one of the oldest buildings in hay, built in the early 17th century. We have been established for over 35 years. In March 2008 we moved our Internet stock to our new purpose built Warehouse on the outskirts of Hay-on-Wye. We now offer over 80,000 different titles online with this number growing from day-to-day. Delivering Books all over the world".

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As Martin suggests, there's lots of bookshops (around 20, I think). I can happily spend the best part of a day wandering round them - seeing what takes my fancy. Mrs H always does well for second hand modernish editions of classic British literature - Dickens and the like.

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Hay is not was it used to be, and for military books I never found it that good. I used to go fairly often when visiting the in-laws in Hereford but I can't say I have bought more than about a dozen in all that were more than the ordinary or that you could not find elsewhere.

Addyman's and its annexe, Richard Booth's and the Cinema can usually be relied upon to have something of interest although none have the military stock that they used to.

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I have bought well in Hay earlier in the year for the first time in years. If you go to the shop at the bottom of the town with several dealers in it (it may be called the book centre), walk through to nearly the back, look on your left there was some good Great War stuff. The lady who owns this bay is a keen collector herself. Good luck!

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The problem you youngsters have is that I went to Hay on Wye annually for a few years some 20 years ago when living in Wales and bought ALL the good military stuff! And at silly little prices.

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Can anyone recommend any shops in Hay on Wye for military books, please?

I've been into the Old Cinema Bookshop before and bought one, but are there any others that are worth a visit?

Thank you.

The placing of military books in Cinema bookshop can be abstract. You have the main section at the top of the stairs and that then runs around to the right and WW1 is in the far(ish) corner. However if you explore other sections near by such as transport you will find WW1 themed books there. You need to invest the time there and get the rewards.

The "tyred shop" at the far end of Hay also has 2 section of Military related subjects.

The problem you youngsters have is that I went to Hay on Wye annually for a few years some 20 years ago when living in Wales and bought ALL the good military stuff! And at silly little prices.

I curse you Sir! :thumbsup:

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