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    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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The Pitshanger Bookshop is open again!

Our opening hours are Tuesday to Friday 9:30 am to 5:30 pm and Saturday 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.

In order to comply with safety guidelines we ask that only three customers or family groups come into the shop at a time. We are providing hand sanitiser and gloves so that you can safely pick up books and other products. 

If you are isolating and are unable to visit the shop, please contact us and we can arrange home delivery. 

For any enquiries, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you for your support

Book of the Week

The Good Germans by Catrine Clay

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After 1933, as the brutal terror regime took hold, most of the two-thirds of Germans who had never voted for the Nazis - some 20 million people - tried to keep their heads down and protect their families. They moved to the country, or pretended to support the regime to avoid being denounced by neighbours, and tried to work out what was really happening in the Reich, surrounded as they were by Nazi propaganda and fake news. They lived in fear. Might they lose their jobs? Their homes? Their freedom? What would we have done in their place?Many ordinary Germans found the courage to resist, in the full knowledge that they could be sentenced to indefinite incarceration, torture or outright execution. Catrine Clay argues that it was a much greater number than was ever formally recorded: teachers, lawyers, factory and dock workers, housewives, shopkeepers, church members, trade unionists, army officers, aristocrats, Social Democrats, Socialists and Communists. Catrine Clay's ground-breaking book focuses on six very different characters: Irma, the young daughter of Ernst Thalmann, leader of the German Communists; Fritzi von der Schulenburg, a Prussian aristocrat; Rudolf Ditzen, the already famous author Hans Fallada, best known for his novel Alone in Berlin; Bernt Engelmann, a schoolboy living in the suburbs of Dusseldorf; Julius Leber, a charismatic leader of the Social Democrats in the Reichstag; and Fabian von Schlabrendorff, a law student in Berlin. The six are not seen in isolation but as part of their families: a brother and sister; a wife; a father with three children; an only son; the parents of a Communist pioneer daughter. Each experiences the momentous events of Nazi history as they unfold in their own small lives - Good Germans all.


Book at Bedtime

The Housing Lark by Sam Selvon

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Sitting in his cramped basement room in Brixton, Battersby dreams of money, women, a T-bone steak - and a place to call his own. So he and a group of friends decide to save up and buy a house together. But amid grasping landlords, the temptations of spending money and the less-than-welcoming attitude of the Mother Country, can this motley group of hustlers and schemers, Trinidadians and Jamaicans, men and women make their dreams a reality? 'Selvon's meticulously observed narratives of displaced Londoners' lives created a template for how to write about migrant, and postmigrant, London for countless writers who have followed in his wake, including Hanif Kureishi and Zadie Smith' Caryl Phillips

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

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1. The Lost Spells by Robert Macfarlane

2. Trio by William Boyd

3. The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

4. The Salt Path by Raynor Winn

5. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owen

6.Those who are Loved by Victoria Hislop

7. Inside Story by Martin Amis

8. V2 by Robert Harris

9. My Garden World by Monty Don

10. Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo 

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.

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