I have been sent this email from someone attached to Hammer and Tongue. I'll let the email speak for itself:
"I have just heard that the former Classics Bookshop in Turl Street is scheduled to close down in the New Year if business does not pick up.
It is the last of three independent secondhand booksellers left in Oxford (not counting Reservoir Books in St Aldates which is closed for refurbishment)
Aside from secondhand and secondhand academic, it also sells the most excellent prints and various tasteful gifty type things (was forced to diversify).
So if you have not already purchased your Christmas gifts/any forthcoming birthdays, can I please urge you to join me in supporting them as much as possible?
Please also spread the message as I'm sure none of us want Oxford to end up just being chain stores and coffee shops."
So if you're buying books this Christmas, don;t buy 'em from Waterstones.