A BOOK A DAY IN HAY is compiled by Emma Balch.

I grew up in a house full of books. They were piled up on every available floorspace, crammed onto bookshelves onto bookshelves that touched the ceilings, tucked in nooks around the fireplace and stacked on the windowsills of the bathroom. Boxes of new books were stacked next to the staircase. One of the beds was held up by thick, hardback reference books.

I loved sitting in my dad’s study, pulling out a book from the shelf at random and reading. They weren’t books I would choose to take out of the library, but sitting there idly, I’d find myself lost in obscure book, wondering about the author who perhaps spent years of their life writing this tome. I would study the bindings and read the inscriptions in the fly leaf and the annotations in the margins.

As each book in Hay has a story of its own I thought it would be fun to go out and discover some of the quirky, obscure, valuable, bizarre, and must-read books. Each day I will post a single book.. If you would like to contribute, please contact me via: doblemdesign@gmail.com

I am on Twitter @doblemdesign

A Book a Day in Hay is part of the development for an exciting new project:



‘where stories are told and books are made’


Developing a new interactive, international museum of books.

HQ at Baskerville Hall near Hay-on-Wye opening in 2017.

Includes a large letterpress printing workshop.


Follow on Twitter:  @thestoryofbooks

To receive news updates, please send your contact details to: thestoryofbooks@gmail.com



Thanks to Finn Beales for the photo, taken in Richard Booth’s Bookshop, Hay-on-Wye.


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