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The author Jilly Cooper (right) and other literary names were behind the tills as well as on the shelves at Hatchards bookshop in Piccadilly, central London, yesterday, to celebrate the royal bookseller's 200th anniversary, writes Louise Jury.

Antonio Carluccio, the restaurateur, was in cookery on the third floor, and Sebastian Faulks could be spotted in biography on the ground floor.

The bookstore has had celebrations underway for some time with its annual authors of the year party in May attended by authors such as AS Byatt, Hammond Innes, PD James and Salman Rushdie


Tony Buckingham