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Elexi
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 Message 9 of 14
12 October 2013 at 12:35pm | IP Logged 
The 'stuffy and overly officious sales clerk' you refer to is an almost legendary
feature of Grant and Cutler - in fact I think he might have been born in their old shop
and only left its dark basement when they moved to Foyles.







(that's a joke btw, just in case...)

Edited by Elexi on 12 October 2013 at 12:35pm

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montmorency
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 Message 10 of 14
12 October 2013 at 8:26pm | IP Logged 
cwcowellshah wrote:
This is a timely thread, as I stumbled across Grant and Cutler
(as a floor of Foyle's) two weeks ago while on vacation
in London. Except for a stuffy and overly officious sales clerk, I thought it was
wonderful. I certainly haven't seen
anything like it in the US, as far as brick-and-mortar stores go.

I concentrated on the Swedish section. They had a huge range of textbooks, though they
seemed criminally
overpriced. They also had maybe 200 novels (some translations from English, some
Swedish originals). The novels
seemed reasonably priced. And I finally found Harry Potter in Swedish, which I hadn't
been able to find anywhere
online or offline in the US.

I would definitely go back, and would consider buying from their online section in the
future, assuming they ship to
the US.



hmm...well, let's see if they can ship to about 60 miles due west of London.

I can also relate to "criminally overpriced" from my so far single visit to the
physical store. It was certainly a fun place to browse in however.


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montmorency
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 Message 11 of 14
16 October 2013 at 8:43pm | IP Logged 
Well I should in all fairness report that my 4 books from Grant and Cutler at Foyles
have now arrived. From placing the order to day of arrival was 13 days. While admitting
that I only used the free second-class post, they certainly didn't manage to break any
records, considering the books were all marked as in stock.

No comparison with the sometimes amazingly swift deliveries from Amazon (and I never
pay for postage there - with Amazon UK that is).


What is slightly more annoying is the lack of an automatic advisory email when the
books were dispatched. I had to send a second email to them (yesterday), in order to be
told that they were dispatched last Friday.

So service could be better, but it seems that they do eventually deliver.



Edited by montmorency on 16 October 2013 at 8:53pm

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schoenewaelder
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 Message 12 of 14
17 October 2013 at 12:32pm | IP Logged 
The Waterstones on Gower St near UCL (probably just a 15 min walk from Foyles) is also
excellent. It used to be an independent and has a lot of academic titles, so is a bit more
interesting than other Waterstones. I tend to get the two a bit confused, but I suspect
the language section is not quite as extensive as at Foyles.
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montmorency
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 Message 13 of 14
17 October 2013 at 1:26pm | IP Logged 
Reminds me that I've walked past what I think was called a German Bookshop not a
million
miles from that area. I didn't have time to investigate at the time. Must have a look
for
it next time I'm in the area.


After praising Amazon, I should add that sometimes their book descriptions aren't 100%
accurate. What I thought was a Latin-German parallel text of "De Bello Gallico" by
Reclam
arrived today, and turns out not to be a parallel text, but Latin with notes in German.
Not useless, but not what I thought I'd ordered (since I know that Reclam do do
parallel
texts for classical works). :-(

(Just checked, and the preview clearly shows it as parallel text, and it's probably
from a completely different edition, not the one being sold here. :-( ).

(Edit2: Should have gone straight to Reclam. They have exactly what I want there).


Edited by montmorency on 17 October 2013 at 1:48pm

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yantai_scot
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 Message 14 of 14
08 February 2014 at 12:59am | IP Logged 
Does anyone have any recommendations for a book shop in Scotland to be able to
physically shop in?

My friend and I stumbled across Foyles massive FL department in September and loaded up
with what we could afford. But I won't get back until this September.

My local Waterstones, while a fab wee shop with excellent staff, has a small, half
filled, waist high shelving labelled Foreign Languages but consisting for not much more
than the odd dictionary in Arabic or French and a couple of textbooks. I want to be
able to browse and get a stiff neck from trying to read the spines!

The only 'big' bookshop I knew of was the Borders on Buchanan Street in Glasgow but
that's long gone.


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