Exploring Derbyshire: Scarthin Books of Cromford


‘It is clear that the books owned the shop rather than the other way aboutIMG_1476. Everywhere they had run wild and taken possession of their habitat, breeding and multiplying, and clearly lacking any strong hand to keep them down.’ – Agatha Christie, The Clocks

Stepping into Scarthin Books is like entering another world, a labyrinth of passages and stairs with books as far as the eye can see, tucked away in every nook and cranny. It is impossible to know where to look, let alone where to start. What makes a bookshop truly special, in my opinion, is its ability to draw you in as you peruse with giddy excitement in search of that one cover that will catch your eye. Engulfed in the delightfully merging scents of the crisp new and musky old book collections you soon retreat to a cosy armchair, completely absorbed in your own little…

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