This secondhand & antiquarian bookshop can be found in Wimbledon, London. Since my friend moved there a few years ago we’ve been meaning to check it out, and we finalllllly did.
Copperfield’s is a whole run-down house full of books. It’s labyrinthine rooms and corridors are literally piled with books of all ages, all genres and all conditions. It’s hard to figure out the ‘method’ behind it all, but I loved the madness of it. I’m not sure I’d feel the same if I was looking for anything in particular however.
Every nook and cranny is bursting with books.
We found the young adult section under the stairs.
And the Dickens’ section on what I think was an old fridge.
Apparently upstairs there was a kitchen area with an empty bottle of wine sitting there a la Black Books. I can’t believe my friend Dora didn’t tell me about that until we’d left. She’d put me off going upstairs because she said it was all non-fiction and mainly science. Pfft. Thanks Dora. I WANT TO SEE FAKE BERNARD BLACK’S KITCHEN.
Ahem. I’ll definitely go back to Copperfield’s. On this visit I didn’t buy anything but I’m sure I will in the future. Outside they also did that blind date with a book thing where a selection of books are wrapped in brown paper and only a few hints to what is inside is written on it – I was really tempted. I don’t know what stopped me. Next time!
From the website:
Copperfields opened eight and a half years ago as the culmination of a longheld dream.
Our initial stock of some 10,000 books has now grown to 42,000 titles in our shop with a further 8,000 books in readily accessible storage.
The subject base is broad, ranging from art to zoology and is constantly changing. Our aim is to cater for all tastes so there are plenty of entertaining page turners alomgside more specialist rare and antiquarian and academic titles.