Booth, Richard

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Booth, Richard Gender: M
Richard George William Pitt Booth
born on 12 September 1938 at 02:30 (= 02:30 AM )
Place Plymouth, England, 50n23, 4w10
Timezone BST h1e (is daylight saving time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: AA-GB
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 18°38' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 15°00 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 02°06'

Richard Booth (1984)


British bookseller, known for his contribution to the success of Hay-on-Wye as a centre for second-hand bookselling. His example was followed by others, so that by the 1970s Hay had become internationally known as the "Town of Books". He became the self-proclaimed "King of Hay".

On 1 April 1977, Richard Booth proclaimed Hay an "independent kingdom" with himself as king Richard Cœur de Livre and his horse as Prime Minister. The publicity stunt gained extensive news coverage and resulted in several spin-offs such as "passports" being issued.

On 1 April 2000, Booth followed up with an investiture of "The Hay House of Lords" and created 21 new hereditary peers for the "Kingdom of Hay".

The Hay Literary Festival was another spin-off from the burgeoning number of bookshops in the town, which gets an estimated 500,000 tourists a year. In recognition of his services to tourism, Richard Booth was awarded the MBE in the 2004 New Year Honours List.

In 1999, he published his autobiography My Kingdom of Books with the help of his stepdaughter Lucia Stuart.

Booth stood as a candidate for the Socialist Labour Party in the 1999 Welsh Assembly elections and Wales constituency at the 2009 European Parliament election.

He died on 20 August 2019 at age 80 in Cusop, Herefordshire.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1999 (Autobiography, "My Kingdom of Books")

Source Notes

From him to AA member, between 2 and 3 AM, quoted in AA database.


  • Vocation : Business/Marketing : Sales (Books)
  • Vocation : Politics : Candidate and lost
  • Vocation : Politics : Party Affiliation (Socialist Labour Party)
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer ("My Kingdom of Books")
  • Notable : Awards : Public Service (MBE)