• Welcome to Pitshanger Books

    A warm welcome to our website. Please feel free to explore the site and let us know what you think of it.
  • 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.
  • Serving our community

    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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What's new?

  • What's new?
  • Radio 4
  • The Jhalak Prize 2021

We are opening again!

Thank you so much to all of you who have supported us through this latest lockdown. Your understanding about the rules & restrictions under which we have been operating and your willingness to shop with us using the Click and Collect service is enormously appreciated.  Now at last we can welcome you back into the shop and from Tuesday 13th April, our doors will be open once more.

Safety remains our highest priority and our front door will be open continually while we are open so that the shop remains well ventilated. In order to maintain social distancing we ask that no more than three people or household groups are in the shop at any one time. We apologise if this means that you have to wait outside but we now have a lovely new awning to protect you against inclement weather.

We will be wearing face coverings at all times and ask that you do too. We also provide hand sanitiser and gloves so that you can browse the shop and examine our books in safety.

For enquiries or orders, please contact us as follows

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Facebook: @ThePitshangerBookshop

Instagram: pitshanger_bookshop


Opening Hours:

Tuesday to Friday 10am to 5pm


Saturday 10am to 4pm


Thank you for your support


50 Classic Books Everyone Should Read in Their Lifetime | Southern Living

Book of the Week

How I Learned to Understand the World by Hans Rosling

Image for How I Learned to Understand the World : BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK

 This is a book that contains very few numbers. Instead, it is about meeting people who have opened my eyes. It was facts that helped him explain how the world works. But it was curiosity and commitment that made the late Hans Rosling, author of worldwide bestseller Factfulness, the most popular researcher of our time. How I Learned to Understand the World is Hans Rosling's own story of how a young scientist learned became a revolutionary thinker, and takes us from the swelter of an emergency clinic in Mozambique, to the World Economic Forum at Davos. In collaboration with Swedish journalist Fanny Hargestam, Hans Rosling wrote his memoir with the same joy of storytelling that made a whole world listen when he spoke.

Book at Bedtime

Image for Snowflake : 'Wonderful' Roddy Doyle

Eighteen-year-old Debbie White lives on a dairy farm with her mother, Maeve, and her uncle, Billy. Billy sleeps out in a caravan in the garden with a bottle of whiskey and the stars overhead for company. Maeve spends her days recording her dreams, which she believes to be prophecies. This world is Debbie's normal, but she is about to step into life as a student at Trinity College in Dublin. As she navigates between sophisticated new friends and the family bubble, things begin to unravel. Maeve's eccentricity tilts into something darker, while Billy's drinking gets worse. Debbie struggles to cope with the weirdest, most difficult parts of herself, her family and her small life. But the fierce love of the White family is never in doubt, and Debbie discovers that even the oddest of families are places of safety. A startling, honest, laugh and cry novel about growing up and leaving home, only to find that you've taken it with you, Snowflake is a novel for a generation, and for everyone who's taken those first, terrifying steps towards adulthood.

First awarded in March 2017, the Jhalak Prize and its new sister award Jhalak Children’s & YA Prize founded in 2020, seek to celebrate books by British/British resident BAME writers. This year's shortlist includes:

The First Woman by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

Antiemetic for Homesickness by Romalyn Ante

Inferno by Catherine Cho

My Darling from Lions by Rachel Long

Are we Home Yet by Katy Massey


Rainbow Milk by Paul Mendez


Image for The First Woman : Shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize, 2021Image for Inferno : A Memoir of Motherhood and MadnessImage for Antiemetic for HomesicknessImage for My Darling from the LionsImage for Are We Home Yet?Image for Rainbow Milk : an Observer 2020 Top 10 Debut


Pitshanger Bookshop has been a feature on Pitshanger Lane for nearly 20 years. My name is Fiona Kennedy and I've owned the shop since August 2011.

There are 3 of us working here at various times: myself, Hazel and Roisin. We all live locally and love the neighbourhood. And of course we all love books too! You can see what we're reading at the moment on the right hand side of this home page. We love chatting about books, making recommendations, and hearing what our customers recommend too. We offer a friendly service so please feel free to approach any of us if you need help or advice when you're in the shop. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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We are committed to using any information you give us in a responsible manner.

As a visitor to our website you cannot be identified by us. If you contact us to order a book that we do not carry in stock we ask for your name and a telephone number or email address.

We use this information only to contact you when the book is ready for collection. Your data is used for no other purpose and is never shared with any other organisation.

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Our events program is on hold at the moment. Apologies.