Richard Booth, b. 1938, is an entrepreneur, scholar and iconoclast; in 1976, dissatisfied with local government, he declared himself King of Hay-on-Wye, a small market town on the Welsh borders,
Over several decades his dynamic book dealing, combined with renowned publicity stunts, turned his kingdom into a world famous ‘town of books’. In the 21st century this has become a model for rural regeneration that has been copied throughout the world.
Still a radical as he approaches his 76th year, he is honing his rural philosophies born from 50 years of international book dealing.
"We may be right. We may be wrong, but we do want democracy".
The official website of King Richard of Hay-on-Wye, International Book town Wales.
Reg Clark on the right.
"The class war has been replaced by the war against the officials.”