Redu was the first book town to be established in continental Europe. At its peak there were 25 bookshops bringing in around 300,000 people a year. Other bookish attractions include René Lefer, who produces handmade recycled paper and runs regular demonstrations at his workshop, and the La Reduiste bookshop run by Anthe Vrijlandt and Johan Deflander since 2015 as a literary vegetarian café and hotel.
Bécherel, France (becherel.com)
Bécherel became France’s first book town in 1989. Since then, it has been followed by seven others which make up the Fédération des Villes, Cités et Villages du Livre en France – Montolieu, Fontenoy-La-Joûte, Cuisery, Charité-sur-Loire, Montmorillon, Ambierle, and most recently Esquelbecq in 2007. Bécherell’s bookshops have particularly glorious signs and names including La Vache Qui Lit.