April 12, 2020

It gave us a real appreciation for the difficulties independent bookshops face at the moment and reminded me how great they can be! Now when I order books I’m

November 11, 2019

Welcome new readers and regular book fiends.  I've been exploring South and East London and am bursting to share three amazing bookshops, plus a book podcast. As always my recommendations are unsponsored and fresh. 

Bookshop with Art: South London Gallery

The South London Gallery is across two beautiful buildings in Camberwell, and has several shops - the main building bookshop is the one you're after. Staff here are incredibly friendly, with a real desire to share knowledge. The book and magazine selection is reminiscent of ArtWords, but with a local South London spin. Museum is free, cafe is delicious so this is a whole afternoon out. 

Bookshop with a Quest: Round Table Books

Inside Brixton Market, Round Table Books is co-located with the publishing company Knights of  They share a quest to bring repre...

July 25, 2019

Gallivanting in New York City -  here are my top three picks chosen for their New Yorkness, good books and staff. All downtown Manhattan, so a complete itinerary.


The Mysterious Bookshop

Way down on mean Warren Street waits The Mysterious Bookshop. Collectible, new and secondhand mysteries, plus seriously knowledgable staff. From identifying women who published under male pseudonyms (Craig Rice) to what to read while I wait for the next Emma Viskic (Moonlight Downs), they had all the answers. Huge shop with more tucked out of sight.

Common Books Book Cart

 An entrepreneur does something new, in a way that works for them - not necessarily scaling up to sell out. 

In London many small booksellers are entrepreneurs, but Common Books book cart on the Lower East Side takes the cake for their mission to sell their favourite...

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