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Foyles
Foyles

W & G Foyle Ltd. (usually called simply Foyles) is a bookshop at 113–119 Charing Cross Road, London, England. The business was founded in 1903 by brothers William and Gilbert Foyle; they moved to the current address in 1906. Image File history File links Soho_foyles_bookshop_1. ... Image File history File links Soho_foyles_bookshop_1. ... Look up book in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Charing Cross Road, London, looking North from its junction with Long Acre. ... For other uses, see London (disambiguation). ... Royal motto (French): Dieu et mon droit (Translated: God and my right) Englands location within the British Isles Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area – Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population – Total (mid-2004) – Total (2001 Census) – Density Ranked 1st UK... 1903 (MCMIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... William Foyle (1885–1963) co-founded Foyles bookshop in 1903 with his brother, Gilbert Foyle. ... 1906 (MCMVI) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ...


After failing entrance exams for the civil service, the brothers offered their redundant text books for sale and were inundated by offers. This inspired them to launch a second-hand book business from home.


Foyles was once listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the world's largest bookshop in terms of shelf area and number of titles on display. It remains one of the largest bookshops in England. A place to browse, not only for Londoners but also for the bibliophiles among tourists, Foyles also trades on-line. Suresh Joachim, minutes away from breaking the ironing world record at 55 hours and 5 minutes, at Shoppers World, Brampton. ... Bibliophilia is the love of books; a bibliophile is a lover of books. ... A tourist boat travels the River Seine in Paris, France Tourism can be defined as the act of travel for the purpose of recreation, and the provision of services for this act. ...


In the last century Foyles was famous (or infamous) for its eccentric practices, such as:

  • the arrangement of books on shelving by publisher rather than by topic or author
  • a payment system that required a book-buyer to queue twice (once to collect an invoice for a book, and then again to pay the invoice)
  • listing a telephone number whose only function was to play a recorded message that they did not take telephone calls
  • leaving unsold books on the shelves for years after they had gone out of print

However, after the death of owner Christina Foyle in 1999 and the passing of ownership to her nephew Christopher, Foyles' shop and practices have been modernized. This has undoubtedly made the store more efficient, but in the view of many veteran customers it has also robbed it of some of its charm. A publisher is a person or entity which engages in the act of publishing. ... An author is the person who creates a written work, such as a book, story, article or the like. ... Categories: Possible copyright violations ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ...


Foyles is also known for its literary luncheons which have been held since 1930. In 2005 it opened a branch at the Royal Festival Hall on London's South Bank. Unfortunately, in recent years, the shop's trade has been poor and it is uncertain whether Foyles might survive. Lunch is a meal that is taken at noon or in the early afternoon. ... The Royal Festival Hall is a concert, dance and talks venue within the South Bank Centre in London. ... The National Theatre is one of the collection of arts buildings that make up the South Bank Centre. ...


Trivia

The television series Foyle's War takes its name from the shop. Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle is played by actor Michael Kitchen. Foyles War is a British detective television series. ... Michael Kitchen (born October 31, 1948) is an English actor. ...


External link

  • Foyles Bookshop website

 
 

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