The Tiny Town That Became a Kingdom of Books

In the 70s, the UK gained a new, independent kingdom: a kingdom of books! Explore Hay-on-Wye, a tiny town in Wales that is every book lover’s dream!

On April 1st, 1977, a new independent kingdom was declared in Wales right on the border with England. But unlike most kingdoms, they didn’t claim riches or great tracts of land. No, the new ruler, Richard Booth, was the self-proclaimed monarch of a Kingdom of Books! So how did he turn this tiny market town into one of the world’s most sought after book lover destinations? Come along and find out.

By Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

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