At 61 Camden Street Lower, ‘The Last Bookshop’ is placed. For a year now, Alan Warnock and his wife Mary have owned and run the secondhand bookstore.

Heaps of books

“We had a shop in Ranelagh for many years. Then, last year we decided to move to Camden Street.”

With its conspicuously red colored facade, it automatically gets your attention. For a book lover, the table filled with books outside is like a candy shop.

The Last Bookshop opened in November last year. Image credit: Stine Ødegård

The Last Bookshop opened in November last year. Image credit: Stine Ødegård

When entering the shop, the smell of old, used books hit you in the face. It is essential to the shop. Here you can find everything from how to decorate your kitchen, to dusty old books of Irish history. Some of them look very ancient, yet others are as good as new and have just swapped store. All the books are categorized, and it is pretty easy to find what you are looking for, as long as you know what type of genre you want. Also, Alan is very accommodating.

Entering the bookshop. Image credit: Stine Ødegård

Entering the bookshop. Image credit: Stine Ødegård

From the bottom of the floor, all the way up to the ceiling, there are books. In a tight gap between the bookshelves and the roof, there is an eminent detail. Several posters with a quote from different authors.

Quotes lightened up. Image credit: Stine Ødegård

Quotes lightened up. Image credit: Stine Ødegård

Amongst all the books, Alan’s favorite is ‘War and Peace’ by Leo Tolstoy.

Books categorized in crime, classics, and biographies. Image credit: Stine Ødegård

Books categorized in crime, classics, and biographies. Image credit: Stine Ødegård

Busy days

Even though platforms like Amazon and eBay are making a lot of customers, buying and selling books and other things, Alan and his wife do not seem to be affected by that. “Generally it is hectic here.”

Some customers are popping by regularly, and some are just peeking inside to check out the variety of books. Also, in the heart of the store, there is an entrance to a cafe, called The Cake Cafe.

Furthermore, he tells that he and his wife buys books for the store by themselves, and also they receive donations.

The Last Bookshop. Image credit: Stine Ødegård

Alan Warnock (right) working on a busy day. Image credit: Stine Ødegård

Alan tells that he has always worked in the book business. “I have worked for the Hodges Figgis who is managed by Waterstones. They are selling books online, and now also secondhand retail.”