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Camilla’s Bookshop in Eastbourne is a large bookshop spread over several floors, and they have certainly made full use of every inch of space provide. The shop is home to around a million books. And they really have stuffed the shop to bursting point, filling every shelf from end to end and piled above the shelves in all the gaps. More hazardous piles litter the floor space – if you want a book from lower down in these piles and are afraid pulling one out might unsettle the stack, just ask one of the members of staff who will happily help you.

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The bookshop is spread over three floors, the ground floor is where you will find the most precarious piles of books, some of which are folio editions, so keep an eye out for hidden treasures. The upper floor is the most organised room in the shop and also sometimes contains the shop’s parrot. The lower ground is organised alphabetically on shelves but again these are stuffed full of books and again piled in the rest of the available space. The shelves are quite close together so as you move about the downstairs room go carefully or you might knock some of the stock off.

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Organised chaos is a phrase that comes to mind when I think of this shop, so unless you know what you want going in and have the forethought to ask a member of staff then you will definitely need all day to explore this shop but who knows what you might find if you do.

Despite the chaos of the shop we did leave with three books; Paul Auster’s Brooklyn Follies, Ian McEwan’s On Chesil Beach and Jean Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea20160806_151102

Address: 57 Grove Rd, Eastbourne BN21 4TX

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