We were away in York last week. The city has fabulous historic architecture, world-class museums and exhibitions but, more importantly, many secondhand bookshops. The secondhand trade is under threat, not so much from internet rivals such as ebay, Abebooks, and Amazon, more to do with spiralling business rates and the apparently insatiable demand in this country to turn every possible space into a cafÃ©. But there are, happilly, still some of my favourite bookshops around. Barbican Books in York is one such place – a gem of a bookshop focussing on Christian books and theology and crammed with bargains. (I first visited around 20 years ago – sadly I can even remember what books I bought). The used bookroom – upstairs at the back of the store – is aÂ paradise for someone like me. The only problem was that I only managed to fit in four visits to the shop in three days. Next time I really need to give it a proper look. The other problem is that, having returned heavily laden I now need to invest in some more bookshelves.