I am writing this letter from the most famous bookshop in the world, and one which revels in the title – for Paris’ Shakespeare and Company must also be one of the most twee places on earth. In some ways it can’t help it. In others it pirouettes.

Shakespeare and Company is nestled a pace back from the guff of the main road at 37 rue de la Bûcherie on the left bank of the Seine, its front windows facing Notre Dame’s South side across the water. Next door is one of the oldest churches in Paris – the 13th century St.-Julien-le-Pauvre – which has in its little park the oldest tree in Paris, planted in 1601 – around the same year the rickety building containing the bookshop was built. There is a Wallace Fountain outside.


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