Richard Booth, who died on August 19 aged 80, established the small market town of Hay-on-Wye (Y Gelli Gandryll) in Wales as the world’s first book town.

Booth was born in Devon in the southwest of England but grew up in Hay and was educated at the historic school Rugby before going to Oxford to study history where he became interested in book collecting. After a short-lived stint as

On Friday May 31st, Matthew Haley will be among speakers at the Hay-on-Wye Literary Festival in Wales. He will discuss two aspects of how technology has changed the world of rare books. Within the last fifteen years, book-search web sites like Abebooks and online auctions catalogs have proved a game-changer for this previously localized and often sleepy market. More recently, the printed word

Lawrence Worms, current President of the ABA in Britain and owner of Ash Rare Books since 1971, has set off on a self-styled book safari.  On his election to the ABA, Worms promised his fellow ABA members that throughout his tenure he would travel around