There’s great news for Dorchester book-lovers. Julian Nangle, who, as many will remember, ran the much-lamented secondhand bookshop Words Etc in South Street a few years ago, has opened a new secondhand and antiquarian bookshop at 25 High East Street, Dorchester.

The new shop, Books Beyond Words, opened at the end of July, and is a real treat for local bibliophiles, with many rare first editions that will be of great interest to those who enjoy fine literature and art.

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Julian Nangle in his new shop, Books Beyond Words, in High East Street

Julian’s specialisms include the works of Thomas Hardy and the Powys family, who also had strong associations with Dorchester.

There is also a fine selection of books on art, and fine art prints are also available, with a large selection of works by Eric Ravilious, the Sussex war artist, whose paintings of the English landscape seem to get more and more popular with the passage of time. Also available is a good selection of antique maps. Julian is also an acclaimed poet, and on the first Thursday evening of every month he opens his doors to welcome aspiring poets for readings over a complimentary glass of wine. The entrance fee is £4 and participants are allocated 10-minute slots to read their work.

The first such evening featured special guest poet Polly Howell, who travelled from Stroud in Gloucestershire for the occasion. The evening was very well attended, and should prove to be a popular and worthwhile addition to Dorchester’s cultural scene.

To obtain a current catalogue email julian@nanglerarebooks.co.uk or telephone 01305 261186.

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