Looking for dictionaries in London shops
Thread poster: Anette Herbert

Anette Herbert  Identity Verified
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Oct 3, 2003

Hi,

I am wondering if there are any book shops specializing in dictionaries in London (Swedish, German)?

TIA

Anette


 

gianfranco  Identity Verified
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Grant & Cutler Oct 3, 2003

They publish several catalogues on paper and a catalogue on-line.
See: http://www.grantandcutler.com/index.htm

They also can order anything. Their prices are higher than ordering the same books from the country of publication, and perhaps having them sent to the UK by a friend, but visiting their well stocked bookshop is invaluable to check personally the books and compare several options.

Gianfranco



[Edited at 2003-10-03 16:10]


 

Aisha Maniar  Identity Verified
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A bit of help from a Londoner.... Oct 3, 2003

Hi Annette,
Gianfranco is right...Grant and Cutler's is the best (probably in the whole country ) for foreign language resources. While I don't know German, I know personally that their French stock is extensive and wonderful. The address is: 55-57 Great Marlborough Street, London W1F 7AY. It's near Liberty's, just behind Regent Street.
There is also the European bookshop: 5 Warwick Street, London W1B 5LU. I don't know if you've studied in London, but bookshops near universities (like Blackwell's in Bloomsbury) tend to have lots of foreign language resources, especially dictionaries.
Then there's always good old Foyle's bookshop in Charing Cross.
I hope this helps...please ask if this isn't helpful. These are the best places... but there are more!
Happy dictionary shopping,
Aisha


 

Anette Herbert  Identity Verified
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Dictionaries Oct 3, 2003

Thank you both! That is really helpful!
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Anette


 

Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
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Try second-hand bookshops as well Oct 3, 2003

[quote]Anette U wrote:

Thank you both! That is really helpful!
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Those are the specialists, but if you have time, and don't need the very latest edition of everything, you can find lots of dictionaries and reference books in second hand shops at very reasonable prices.

I have been particularly lucky in Leeds, Oxford and Nottingham (university towns).
It's a bit of a lottery, but there are often books that are excellent for terminology, back-up etc. and don't foget the charity shops near universities! Their prices are simply rock bottom.

I don't get to London often, so I make a bee line for Grant & Cutler, Foyles and Blackwells, but there are good second hand shops in London too.

Good hunting!

[Edited at 2003-10-03 11:00]


 

MonikaSojka  Identity Verified
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Another bookstore Oct 3, 2003

Hi;
I don't know what this bookstore is called but it's very good; if you know where Liberty is (everybody knows but not many of us can afford it) it's on the same street, sort of at the back of Oxford Street's Marks and Spencer's. I think I've confused you enough now but if you ever happen to pass by (I will get the name for you) it's worth popping in as they also have good sales on. I remember I bough very good and rare English-Polish dictionaries there for about £2 each- what a bargain.
Also, as already suggested- try some second-hand bookstores on Charing * Rd! Good luck


 

Anette Herbert  Identity Verified
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Glad for the name Oct 3, 2003

Thank you Moonia, if you remember the name please mail it to me. We are only in London for a day but it sounds pretty central to where we will be, so it could be useful.

Thanks everybody!

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Anette

Moonia wrote:

Hi;
I don't know what this bookstore is called but it's very good; if you know where Liberty is (everybody knows but not many of us can afford it) it's on the same street, sort of at the back of Oxford Street's Marks and Spencer's. I think I've confused you enough now but if you ever happen to pass by (I will get the name for you) it's worth popping in as they also have good sales on. I remember I bough very good and rare English-Polish dictionaries there for about £2 each- what a bargain.
Also, as already suggested- try some second-hand bookstores on Charing * Rd! Good luck


[Edited at 2003-10-03 11:38]

[Edited at 2003-10-03 11:39]


 

Aisha Maniar  Identity Verified
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This is the precise location of G & C :-))) !!! Oct 3, 2003

Moonia wrote:

Hi;
I don't know what this bookstore is called but it's very good; if you know where Liberty is (everybody knows but not many of us can afford it) it's on the same street, sort of at the back of Oxford Street's Marks and Spencer's. I think I've confused you enough now but if you ever happen to pass by (I will get the name for you) it's worth popping in as they also have good sales on. I remember I bough very good and rare English-Polish dictionaries there for about £2 each- what a bargain.
Also, as already suggested- try some second-hand bookstores on Charing * Rd! Good luck


Moonia is also quite right in saying that Charing Cross is good for second hand book shops - also some specialising in languages. Another suggestion, if you have access to them, is to try university departments - students desperate to get rid of old books (especially if they've then decided to drop the course) often sell their books on for quite reasonable prices - in central London, I know that UCL and King's College do have Scandinavian Studies departments - it's just a question of responding to ads to sell books (or perhaps you can post one yourself). G & C has pretty good sales sometimes too on new and secondhand books itself.
All of the suggestions given are great.
Good luckicon_smile.gif
Aisha


 

Giovanni Guarnieri MITI, MIL  Identity Verified
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Scandinavian department of UCL... Oct 3, 2003

this is a bit OT, but I studied for my thesis there and I can confirm it's absolutely fantastic and well "stocked". In the summer it's a paradise... nobody around! And check the little dome out!

G


 

Aisha Maniar  Identity Verified
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...not exactly what I was saying... Oct 3, 2003

Giovanni Guarnieri MITI wrote:

this is a bit OT, but I studied for my thesis there and I can confirm it's absolutely fantastic and well "stocked". In the summer it's a paradise... nobody around! And check the little dome out!

G


Giovanni,
There's nothing OTT about what I said...I was just simply saying that if Annette (or anyone else for that matter) is looking for secondhand books, she/they can try the noticeboards inside (and at UCL, outside) the relevant departments at a university, as students often sell their unwanted course books on.
You're 100% right about UCl thoughicon_smile.gif ; I graduated from there in modern languages (French and Arabic) and it was an excellent environment to learn in!
While on a student note, that reminds me, for anyone in London on a Friday afternoon, that the University of London Union (ULU), on Mallett Street, opposite UCL, has an academic book fair. The language section isn't extensive but it's a worth a look in if you have the time, and I do believe it's open to all.
Have a nice weekend, Giovanni and everyone else,
Aisha


 

Giovanni Guarnieri MITI, MIL  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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I was OT... Oct 3, 2003

Aisha Maniar wrote:



Giovanni,
There's nothing OTT about what I said...
Aisha


Aisha,

I was referring to my post as OT, not yours...icon_wink.gif

Giovanni


 

xxxTransflux
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grant and cutler website Oct 3, 2003

Here is the website of Grant and Cutler, probably the best source of language books in England

http://www.grantandcutler.com/

Happy hunting


 

Peter Linton  Identity Verified
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This bookstore is Grant & Cutler near Liberty's (mentioned above). Oct 3, 2003

[quote]Moonia wrote:

Hi;
I don't know what this bookstore is called but it's very good; if you know where Liberty is, it's on the same street, sort of at the back of Oxford Street's Marks and Spencer's.


 

Aisha Maniar  Identity Verified
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Sorry, I misunderstood!! :-) Oct 3, 2003

Giovanni Guarnieri MITI wrote:

Aisha Maniar wrote:



Giovanni,
There's nothing OTT about what I said...
Aisha


Aisha,

I was referring to my post as OT, not yours...icon_wink.gif

Giovanni


 


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