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.
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.
The Simple Things magazine in November features bookish pleasures: Frances Ambler notes that browsing in a bookstore is enjoyable in itself and carries the promise of pleasurable hours to come. Highlighting wonderful bookshops around the country, we were proud to find that the article recommends Bluestocking Bookshop tours.
In more good news, The Bookseller reports that books sales are predicted to "outperform retail market this Christmas." I'm looking forward to the reissue of Nell Dunn's Talking to Women, the new Ben Aaronovitch and the audiobook of Michelle Obama's Becoming.
On which - there will be a Penguin/Waterstones/gal-dem magazine pop-up bookshop open for one week from 23 November at 2 Bury Place in Bloomsbury, London. The shop will feature books by women and non-binary people of colou...