Shakespeare & Company Vienna: book heaven

Leigh Turner
Leigh Turner

Shakespeare & Company Vienna is a brilliant English language bookshop in Vienna.  If you like reading books, please support it.

A Vienna institution

Shakespeare & Company Vienna is a wonderful institution in a wonderful city.  Like many bookshops worldwide, it is threatened by online retailers.  The Coronavirus pandemic has make everything worse.  The bookstore was also located within a few metres of the 2 November 2020 terrorist attack, in the heart of the inner city.

Yet Shakespeare & Co keeps going, enriching the city and its people.  Indeed, they have been fantastically supportive of my own writing efforts, making my books available through their store and hosting readings.

Shakespeare & Company Vienna

One of my readings at Shakespeare & Company Vienna

Shakespeare & Company Vienna: generosity

I am immensely grateful to Shakespeare & Company for agreeing to stock my first, self-published books. This struck me as impressive and classy. The first one they stocked for me was my Berlin thriller Blood Summit (read an excerpt at the link).

Blood Summit cover

So to get hold of a copy of Blood Summit, any of my other books, or simply to have a great browse and an encounter with real human beings instead of your computer screen, stroll along to Shakespeare & Company at Sterngasse 2.   It’s a terrific bookshop, a wonderland of shelves reaching from floor to ceiling packed with books you want to buy.

shelves at Shakespeare & CompanyThe shelves at Shakespeare & Company

So: next time you are in Vienna, take a stroll down the Sterngasse and get to know the proprietors.  Sheila and Guy are great company and true bibliophiles.  Buy a book, then pop around the corner to the Schwedenplatz and enjoy a great ice cream.

Or visit a nearby cafe, selected from my index of great Vienna cafes, and settle down to read awhile.  You deserve it.

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