Three silent cheers - I was on the Victoria Line tube and saw a person reading The Hate U Give with a Pages Cheshire Street bookmark poking out. Glad to see the first fruits of a new bookshop out in the world!
Pages Cheshire Street, in the former location of Caravansérail near Brick Lane, is stocked with new books by women and non-binary writers. I was able to visit twice during their opening week and talked with Jo, who is managing both Pages of Hackney (winner of Independent Bookshop of the Year) and the new shop. The shop has non-fiction on the left side, fiction on the right and room for both YA and children's sections, plus sweet seating nooks and lots of room for events - a warm environment for all readers.
Jo is excited about using all the beautiful shelf space to expand book selections, and particularly keen on curating the science and technology shelves.
At Pages of Hackney Jo made relationships with the local community central to the bookshop, and is looking forward to building the same ethos here. She was happy to talk about the shop's mission - they've used the term "non-binary" as it best describes their inclusive approach. They are proud to be part of a lineage of London bookshops including the former Silver Moon bookshop and the rare bookshop The Second Shelf.
The events calendar, up on a blackboard, is already full and the shop was busy with writers popping in to wish the shop good luck and buy books. I'm happy to get to know Jo and owner Eleanor and share in their book knowledge at Pages Cheshire Street
PS I bought Lab Girl and Sea Monsters (sadly two separate books!)