Sat 30 May 2009, Financial Times

Bookshop backwaters

By Harry Eyres
You might think that I have little interest in the retail sector (more Brûlé territory); in fact, I suffer from a rare condition called “emporiophobia”. Far from being attracted to shops, I shun them. Imprisoned within a department store, I develop symptoms of panic, disorientation and, after about 40 minutes, loss of the will to live. There are exceptions. As a young child I was fascinated by fishmongers and, to a lesser extent, butchers. I like good food markets, delicatessens and specialist cheese shops. But my favourite shops are bookshops.

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