By Robin Saikia
Published: 2010; edition: 1; pages: 150
The only full guidebook treatment of this charming Welsh border town, famous for its second-hand bookstores and annual Book Festival. Meticulously researched and lovingly written, this book contains a wealth of detail on the town’s past and present, its architecture and major monuments, including write-ups of each of its thirty bookshops, plus short itineraries in the beautiful surrounding area: the Black Mountains, Wye Valley and along the Offa’s Dyke path.
Publication is timed to coincide with this year’s Guardian Hay Festival in the last week of May and first week of June, an event which attracts audiences of around eighty thousand.
Illustrations: Full-colour throughout. With maps, photographs, architectural details and floor plans.