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  • Your local independent bookshop

    Located on lovely, leafy Pitshanger Lane. We stock over 3000 titles. As well as books, we sell cards, wrapping paper, stationery and games.
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    Everybody that works here lives locally. We all love the area and we all love books so please feel free to ask if there's anything you need.
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Book of the Week

Yorkshire by Richard Morris


Yorkshire, it has been said, is 'a continent unto itself', a region where mountain, plain, coast, downs, fen and heath lie close. By weaving history, family stories, travelogue and ecology, Richard Morris reveals how Yorkshire took shape as a landscape and in literature, legend and popular regard.We descend into the county's netherworld of caves and mines, and face episodes at once brave and dark, such as the part played by Whitby and Hull in emptying Arctic waters of whales, or the re-routing of rivers and destruction of Yorkshire's fens. We are introduced to discoverers and inventions, meet the people who came and went, encounter real and fabled heroes, and discover why, from the Iron Age to the Cold War, Yorkshire has been such a key place in times of tension and struggle.In a wide-ranging and lyrical narrative, Morris finds that for as far back as we can look Yorkshire has been a region of unique presence with links around the world.

Book at Bedtime

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce


Playful and experimental, James Joyce's autobiographical A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is a vivid portrayal of emotional and intellectual development. This Penguin Modern Classics edition is edited with an introduction and notes by Seamus Deane.The portrayal of Stephen Dedalus's Dublin childhood and youth, his quest for identity through art and his gradual emancipation from the claims of family, religion and Ireland itself, is also an oblique self-portrait of the young James Joyce and a universal testament to the artist's 'eternal imagination'. Both an insight into Joyce's life and childhood, and a unique work of modernist fiction, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is a novel of sexual awakening, religious rebellion and the essential search for voice and meaning that every nascent artist must face in order to fully come into themselves.

The Costa Book Awards


Helen Dunmore has been awarded the Costa Book of the Year for her poetry collection 'Inside the Wave'.

To be alive is to be inside the wave, always travelling until it breaks and is gone. These poems are concerned with the borderline between the living and the dead - the underworld and the human living world - and the exquisitely intense being of both. They possess a spare, eloquent lyricism as they explore the bliss and anguish of the voyage. Inside the Wave was Helen Dunmore's first new poetry book since The Malarkey (2012), whose title-poem won the National Poetry Competition. Her other books include Glad of These Times (2007), and Out of the Blue: Poems 1975-2001 (2001), a comprehensive selection drawing on seven previous collections. Her final poem, 'Hold out your arms', was written shortly before her death in June 2017.

These are the books that were most popular with our customers last week......


1. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

2. Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor

3.Inside the Wave by Helen Dunmore

4. The History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund

5. Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller

6. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

7. Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout

8. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

9. The Defectors by Joseph Kanon

10. Women and Power: A Manifesto by Mary Beard

If you would like to read any of these books, please send us a message from our contacts page, and we will reserve a copy for you.

McMafia by Misha Glenny


Have you ever bought a pirate DVD? Taken drugs? Fallen for a phishing scam?Organised crime is part of all our worlds - often without us even knowing. McMafia is a journey through the new world of international organised crime, from gunrunners in Ukraine to money launderers in Dubai, by way of drug syndicates in Canada and cyber criminals in Brazil. During his investigation into the dark side Misha Glenny speaks to countless gangsters, policemen and victims of organized crime, and also explores the ferocious consumer demands for drugs, trafficked women, illegal labour and arms across five continents.

Gifts & cards


As well as books we offer a range of gifts for children from Orchard Toys, Crayola, Galt and Playmobil. We also stock Top Trumps, Banangrams and other word association games.

And to finish off your gift, we have some lovely sheets and rolls of wrapping paper for adults and children. 


We stock cards for most occasions as well as a wide range of blank cards from publishers like Cannsdown Press and Green Pebble. We also have cards produced by local artists as well as designs featuring Pitshanger Lane and other local landmarks!

There's a wonderful range published by Candlestick Press which we absolutely love.

 The 'Instead of a card' range are priced at just under £5.00, come with an envelope, and contain around ten poems on subjects such as Birds, Tea, Mothers, Gardens, Cats, Bicycles and Knitting. They make wonderful, thoughtful presents and the range is growing all the time.


We are involved with many schools in the local area, and are keen to be involved with more. Among the services we offer are:-

  • Collation and supply of orders in a matter of days 
  • 10% discount 
  • Assistance with School Book Fairs
  • Sponsorship of awards
  • Advertising for your school via leaflets and posters in our shop 

Please do contact us by email or 'phone to discuss any of these services in more detail.

About us

Our independent bookshop is located on lovely, leafy Pitshanger Lane. We stock over 3000 titles, and can order hundreds of thousands more in just 24 hours.

As well as books, we sell cards, wrapping paper, stationery and games. We pride ourselves on our friendly service and personal recommendations.

If your purchase is a present, we can gift wrap it for you; if you can’t get out to the shops we can deliver to your home.

We love books, we love reading and we love talking about books. If you do too, pop in next time you are passing; we would love to see you.

Coming up

  • Spies, Seduction, The SS and the Stasi: Berlin in Fiction


Authors David Young and Jane Thynne celebrate Germany's fascinating capital and its inspiration for their fiction as part of the promotional tour for David's new novel, A Darker State. David's female protagonist Karin Muller is a detective for East Germany's People's Police in his award-winning Cold War-era crime thrillers (which began with Stasi Child and Stasi Wolf), while Jane's bestselling Clara Vine series follows the fortunes of an Angle-German actress and British spy in pre-war and wartime Nazi Berlin. Their talk will include world exclusive photographs and a chance to volunteer for a communist v capitalist taste test.

If you are interested do join us on Wednesday 21st February at 7pm. Booking essential!