On St Stephen Street in the village of Stockbridge, Golden Hare Books sits along a lane of basement pubs, vintage clothing shops, and posh home decor stores where you can buy paint that someone was paid to name Mole's Breath and Pale Hound.
The shop is wee but not minuscule, with two linked rooms of carefully selected fiction and nonfiction, art books and graphic novels caboosed by a small room of illustrated children's books. The selection of graphic novels in particular is impressive for a boutique that doesn't focus solely on bandes dessinées; I saw many books I'd haul back to England if my weekender bag were large enough to accommodate them.
I bought Slightly Foxed, a perfect bound quarterly of writing on reading, with short essays on rare, overlooked or out-of-print works by UK and foreign authors. On Sunday, at the end of the lane, find the Stockbridge Market, with tables selling nettle soap, freshly ground spice pastes, apricot tarts, lemon curd and smoked fish.