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Camphill Village Book Shop


by Craig du Preez   (2016-02-02)

The second-hand book shop is passionately owned and run by resident, Peter Landman, who first started the store back in the early 80’s.  We asked Peter how he got started.: ”My library was getting too big,” he chuckled. “I had to get rid of some of them.” The book store first opened at Camphill market, tucked away in the back of the nursery shed.  It soon became popular and Peter began to trade books and receive donations from visitors. As the market grew, so did the book stall and over the years his books could be found in the coffee shop, the village stall, or on market stalls. Towards the end of 2015 it was decided that Peter needed his own space and he now has his very own book shop, set up next to the Camphill Village Store.  

Peter explains that he only learnt to read at the age of 17; he was taught at Camphill with the help of some tutors and took to reading all the great children’s books that he had missed out on as a child.  He soon progressed to fantasy and sci-fi novels. His current favorite genre is detective novels.  He lists amongst his favorite authors: Jeffery Deaver, James Patterson, Alan Dean Foster  and  Teresa Frohock,

We asked Peter why he kept it running and where he sees it going in the future.  “Apart from getting to read all the books I want to, I just love meeting and chatting to the people that stop at the book stall,” he says. “I have some great regular customers and we trade books. The book stall also provides me with a little bit of extra money, with it I bought the Harry Potter DVD series, I am currently paying off a DVD player on layby and I think the next thing I am going to get is a fan for my room.”

Next time you are at the Camphill Market, why not pop in to Peter’s Book Store and see what literary treasures he has for you.