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Top 5: London’s independent bookshops
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Top 5: London’s independent bookshops

19 October 2017 Katie Da Cunha Lewin

In an age of huge shops that stock everything, and dare I say it, Amazon, independent bookshops provide a much needed alternative. From works by new and small presses to unusual talks and events, these shops can provide you with some new and challenging fiction, or help you find an unusual present for the book lover in your life. Check out these beauties.

London Review Bookshop
 
Opened in 2003, the London Review Bookshop is of central importance to the literary scene in London. As the sister to the London Review of Books, that most distinguished of literary reviews, the shop highlights the best in new fiction and non-fiction and has extensive and thoughtfully curated selections.  The shop is also well known for hosting interesting and challenging book launches, talks and screenings; look out for upcoming events featuring feminist thinker Lynne Segal and award-winning author Francis Spufford. This is a must-stop for anyone wanting to refresh a boring book collection, or who wants to take in new and exciting ideas.
 
London Review of Books is in Little Russell Street, Bloomsbury.


London Review Bookshop

 
Burley Fisher Books
 
Burley Fisher Books is a new addition to the Kingsland Road.  It has a select range of amazing new publishing, particularly from small publishers, as well as literary magazines, poetry and books about London. The super friendly staff are always ready to have a conversations about their stock and make recommendations.  They also host regular events with poets and writers from small presses, or debut writers, highlighting emerging, innovative and challenging work - look out for upcoming events with Little Island Press and poets Holly Pester and Jack Underwood
 
Burley Fisher Books is on Kingsland Road, Haggerston.


Burley Fisher Books
 
Gay’s The Word
 
Gay’s The Word is the only lesbian and gay bookshop in the UK, carrying a large selection of books by and about the LGBTQ community. Founded in 1979 by Gay Icebreakers, a gay socialist group who were inspired by the gay bookstore movement in the US, this bookshop offers a wide range of gay, lesbian and trans-interest fiction and non-fiction. They also host a wide range of events, talks and support groups for the LGBTQ community; this includes a free talk by writer Daniel J. Skal’s on his new book about Bram Stoker, and a Lesbian Discussion Group that meets every Wednesday.  Gay’s the word is a London literary institution.
 
Gay’s The Word is in Marchmont Street, Bloomsbury.


 Gay's The Word
 
Review
 
This little bookshop in Peckham offers a great range of books for all ages; they have a lovely selection for children, a section from small presses and a wide variety of eclectic fiction.  They often feature a book of the month to give you some ideas, as well as hosting a book club each month.  They are an essential part of the South London literary scene, and have hosted the Peckham Literary Festival for the last few years.
 
Review is on Bellenden Road, Peckham.


Review
 
Nomad Books
 
Nomad opened in 1990 and invite keen readers to pull up a chair, hang out and browse their recommended reading. They have an excellent selection for children, including a range of unusual and creative illustrated books, and run story time events for little ones. They not only host book clubs, but a reading clinic where a reading advisor will talk to you one-on-one about your reading preferences and make you up a book prescription, from which you will receive six books a year. They also offer up their space for literature and related events. This West London gem really makes reading into an event.
 
Nomad Books can be found on the Fulham Road, Fulham.


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