Paris may be famous for its bouquinistes, stalls selling second hand and antiquarian books lining the banks of the River Seine, but Colombo also has them. They don’t line the banks of the Beira Lake and tourists seldom find them but they are invaluable for the traveller.

In this lovely guest post, author and travel writer Royston Ellis, a British resident of Sri Lanka, tells us where to look for the bouquinistes of Colombo.