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News from Better Books and Cafe in Kuwait

I found this in my e-mail this morning, and I am happy to share it with you – another book store in Kuwait, and this one sounds like it has wonderful books.

I am only curious about one thing . . . they sent it to me by my real name. At my real-name e-mail address. . . How do they know me (she ponders . . .)?

News from Better Books and Cafe – Kuwait’s only used bookstore and cafe (don’t miss the contest!):

Collectible and Rare Books for Sale: 10 KD – 300 KD to include The Arab of the Desert by H.R. Dickson and 40 Years in Kuwait by Violet Dickson. Also, a book signed by President John F. Kennedy.
Return Policy: Return a book bought from us and get 1/2 purchase price back in store credit for your next purchase. Read, return and save.
Book Buying Policy: We give store credit for most books. Bring them in for evaluation.
Hours/Phone/Location: 10am-8 pm daily. Cell 66637351. Behind Al Rashid Hospital.
Take 4th Ring Road to Salmiya
Past Highway 30
Past Fire Station on Right
At light – Amman Street – take right
through next light
See Al Rashid Hospital on Left
At Roundabout take a U-turn
Now see attached map
Look for RED/ORANGE door (photo attached)


Desert Pioneers Club 2nd and 4th Tuesday 7.15 – 9.05 pm
Timbre Talkers 1st and 3rd Tuesday 7.15 – 9.05 pm
Capitol Speakers 1st and 3rd Saturday 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Bright Horizons 2nd and 4th Friday 9.30 – 11 am.

GAVEL CLUB MEETINGS Every Friday Night 5.30 – 7.30 pm.
In April, there will be Healing, Meditation, and Reiki classes at Better Books. Email or call 99315825 for more details.
Better Books is now on FACEBOOK! Click THIS and ‘like’ us for regular updates – new arrivals, events etc.
Better Books sells 1 KD books on FREE DELIVERY

Contest from Better Books and Cafe:

Answer the following questions correctly and be among the first five correct email replies to receive 1 KD off your next purchase.
1. Who wrote 40 Years in Kuwait?
a. H.R. Dickson
b. Violet Dickson

2. What organization do ‘The Capitol Speakers, Desert Pioneers, Bright Horizons and Timbre Talkers’ belong?
a. Toastmasters
b. Gavel Club

3. What well known British saying adorns a red poster at Better Books?
a. Keep Calm and Carry On
b. When going through hell, keep going

Just return this email with answers to 1, 2, and 3.

Feel free to forward this email to your friends.

Here is what the entrance looks like:

If I were in Kuwait, I would be on their waiting list for copies of The History of Architecture in Old Kuwait City by Saleh Abdulghani Al-Mutawa, one of the most interesting books I read in Kuwait about how houses used to be built, why, and why modern architects need to pay attention to the lessons of the past.

March 26, 2011 - Posted by | Books, Kuwait


  1. Thank you , very much for your website, I looked every where for this bookshop , I went around and around in the neighborhood but did not find it . merci .
    Please let me know if you like a copie of the History of architecture in old Kuwait city ?

    Comment by Hayfa Almughni | March 26, 2011 | Reply

  2. Vraiment, c’est pas de quoi. I had thought it was YOU who gave them my e-mail address, maybe. Now, it is still a mystery.

    Isn’t life funny, Hayfa, that this would drop into my hands, and that you would need it? I love it when these things happen, just as they are meant to. 🙂

    As for the book – it would depend on the price. It is actually a much sought-after book in Kuwait, did you know that? Many architecture and design students are searching for it to help in their studies and plans, and it is very hard to find. I was thinking it might be available at the Dar al Athan al Islamiyya (if that is the right name of the wonderful place I always wanted to go and never made it.

    When you come, would you bring me some of those personal packs of Fine tissue in the Oud scent? I love those, and looked all over Kuwait when I was there, and all the stores were out of stock! It’s a small thing, but I LOVE them!

    Hope you have fun in the bookshop! See if you can find and read Cutting For Stone by Verghese, and have the others read it too. It is a truly great read and a memorable book. 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | March 26, 2011 | Reply

  3. ooh this sounds interesting and promising, but there’s already some disappointment with not being able to find it. lets hope we do this weekend.

    Comment by onlooker | March 31, 2011 | Reply

  4. Yeh, hope that the map helps, and the photo of what the entrance looks like. 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | April 1, 2011 | Reply

  5. That’s not really true. These books are terribly priced. CHeck the UK/US/Canadian prices and compare with the lower ‘budget’ price and you’ll find that most of them are only a 100 fils or maybe 200 fils off – including the very badly damaged ones being sold for nearly selling price. You could say well they are cheaper than other bookstores in Kuwait but that’s not true either. THe Muthana book store sells brand new books for regular prices and Q8books in Kuwait city has TRULY cheaper books and lots of incentives to get free books as well.

    Comment by Djelibaby | February 4, 2013 | Reply

  6. Thanks for your input Djelibaby.

    Comment by intlxpatr | February 4, 2013 | Reply

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