BOOKSHOP OF THE MONTH | NOMAD BOOKS

Just a short walk away from Parsons Green you can find the lovely Nomad Books – our September Bookshop of the Month. As you enter the store you will walk into a grown up, warm and inviting space with dark wooden shelves and tables of carefully selected titles asking you to spend some time with them, taking in the beautiful covers and examining the blurbs. This space feels like a literary lounge and it’s just right. As you work your way through the shop there is a corridor full of cards, gifts and stationery leading to the expansive children’s area at the back. In delightful contrast to the front of the store this space is brighter with a large, welcoming sofa – perfect for reading together – and a small table and chairs nestled in the corner for the inquisitive toddler to dive into their favourite book. We especially like the display table dedicated to an array of gorgeous hardback picture books that are wonderful gifts in and of themselves.

 

Nomad Books is a bookshop that you will want to spend time in, browsing the shelves and chatting to the wonderful bookselling team who are so passionate about what they do. We caught up with the store manager Aude, who, alongside Emma (Fiction and Book Club) and Tara (Children’s Books and Admin), answered a few questions for us:

1. Congratulations on winning Bookshop of the Month! We’ve talked a bit about you and the shop but how would you describe Nomad Books in three words?
We. Love. Books. It’s the best way to describe Nomad!

2. Where is your favourite spot in the store?
The big and amazing children’s section is the best spot in the bookshop (provided there are not too many children in there

3. Where do you like to read?
In the bath (Emma), in bed (Tara) and I love to read on the Tube. Preferably hardbacks!

4. If you weren’t a bookseller what would you be?
Emma would be a luxury hotels tester, Tara a beekeeper and I would be one of Beyoncé’s dancers

5. Excluding Nomad Books – What is your favourite bookshop?
Gosh! Comics in Soho. One of the nicest places on Earth!

Nomad Books can be found at:
781 Fulham Rd, Fulham
London, SW6 5HA

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Bookstore of the Month | Much Ado Books

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Let us introduce you to our Bookstore of the Month; Much Ado Books.

“We are Cate Olson and Nash Robbins – Americans who decided to sell books in a Medieval village tucked in the South Downs . . .”

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  1. Describe Much Ado Books in Three Words

Unexpected discoveries abound

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  1. Where is your favourite spot in your store?

Upstairs, in the comfy armchair of our Arts & Letters Room, surrounded by books.

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  1. Give us a brief history of Much Ado Books.

Twenty years selling vintage books in America and dreaming of living in Britain, which led to 13 years selling both new and old books in rural East Sussex

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  1. Has Much Ado got a store pet?

We have three bantam hens, named Little One, Bully Girl and Frizzle. They occupy their time eating plants, making trouble and showing off for customers.

  1. Do you have a favourite author? If yes, who is it?

Robertson Davies – his books are sparkling, funny and engaging as well as thought-provoking; he should have won the Nobel Prize for Literature!

  1. What is your favourite opening line from a book?

“I write this sitting in the kitchen sink.” Dodie Smith – I Capture the Castle.

  1. What was the last book you read?

Cate: Annie Barrows, The Truth According to Us

Nash: Joanna Kavenna – A Field Guide to Reality

Together (we read aloud every night): Elizabeth Leitch – The Saturday Club (an out-of-print classic given by a friend who loves childrens’ books)

  1. What is your favourite A&CB books?

Downstairs favourite: Andrea Beaty – Iggy Peck Architect

Upstairs favourite: Carlos Fuentes The Diary of Frida Kahlo

  1. What is your favourite book?

Discussions (arguments?) are on-going!

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You will find this award-winning independent bookshop in Alfriston, East Sussex.

Much Ado Books
8 West Street
Alfriston
East Sussex
BN26 5UX
UK

t: 01323 871222

e: shop@muchadobooks.com

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Bookstore Of The Week | Koenig Books Ltd

For our Bookstore of the Week are are taking you on a tour of Koenig Books Ltd, this is THE place for art, architecture and photography books and thoroughly deserving of the accolade Bookstore Of The Week.

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An inspiring, German-owned independent bookshop specialising in art, architecture and photography books Koenig Books is a European institution. In London they have three branches; the original London branch is based in the Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park, a small branch in the Whitechapel Gallery and, our favourite, the newest store on Charing Cross Road. The latter is done out stylishly in black and every book is given space to show off its beautiful facade; books are displayed with their covers rather than spines facing out.

Koenig Books Ltd Inside

Koenig are known for their huge selection of interesting coffee table books, on topics like art, fashion and design. But they also stock a great collection of non-fiction titles on art theory and a good selection of rare magazines. It’s also a good place to find independent books by small publishers, handmade titles and zines.

It’s luxurious displays and wonderful selection of books cater to all price ranges and they always have a good selection of books at reduced prices in the basement. Plus, all of the London branches of Koenig have full access to the stock of mammoth arts bookshop Buchhandlung Walther Koenig in Cologne, so if you can’t find what you want they can order it in for you!

If you are interested in the arts this is a bookshop not to be missed, we always find ourselves delighted and mesmerised by their selection of books. Have you visited? Let us know what you thought!

Find them at:

80 Charing Cross Road
London
WC2H 0BB

11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Bookstore Of the Week | Clapham Books

From Clapham, with Love.

Clapham Books

This week we are taking a trip to the South London for our Bookstore of the Week.

Found alongside Clapham Common, Clapham Books is a gorgeous little independent bookshop offering a great hand-picked selection of fiction, children’s and art books. They also regularly host events, including author appearances and signings, and for little readers Picture books storytime!  

The store is light, airy and organised with great care. If you can’t find what you are looking for, or need some ideas, the friendly and knowledgeable staff are always on hand to help.

Recently featured in the Guardian’s Local Bookshop Guide as part of their Best New Children’s Books Summer 2015 supplement, it’s clear we are not the only ones who have fallen in love with this shop! You only need to check-out their reviews to discover their loyal and passionate customers.

“There are so many interesting books here…they have a wide selection of new and old titles. The staff is kind and knowledgeable. Highly recommend this bookshop!” Daniel Elliott
“If I’m in Clapham I always find myself drawn up the high-street to this shop. As soon as my feet come through the door, my bank balance knows it’s in trouble! It’s well laid out with clear sections, and it’s not overcrowded. I get the feeling that every book of the shelves has been chosen with care, the quality and standard of books on offer is really high. There’s a small graphic novel section but again, the ones on offer are great. There’s always a new discovery to be made and the display of beautiful cook-books is generally my downfall! They also sell lovely, quirky cards which are good to stock up on. #WeHeartHitchcock” Evelyn Adams
“I don’t know any other bookshop in the area with so extensive collection of books. You can find bestsellers, graphic novels or classic books – they just have everything. The staff is very helpful and extremely knowledgeable.” Riley Coles
“A wonderful little bookshop filled with hidden gems. I look in most times I walk past and almost always find something to tempt me.” Gerard Earley
“Thank you Clapham Books. Nice little independent shop with someone behind the counter who knows about the things they are selling” Luca Carraro

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Do you live further east? Don’t fret they have a smaller sister shop in leafy Herne Hill; Herne Hill Books.

Tel: 020 7627 2797

Email: shop@claphambooks.com

Address: 26 The Pavement, Clapham Common, SW4 0JA

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OPENING TIMES:

Monday to Friday         10am – 7pm

Saturdays                       10am – 6pm

Sundays & Bank Hols   12pm – 6pm

Bookstore of the Week | Bookseller Crow On The Hill

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Flying By The Bookseller Crow on the Hill

Part book-shop, part intellectual social circle, part events space, and wholly innovative and creative: The Bookseller Crow on the Hill beats at the heart of Crystal Palace with its ‘lively and unpretentious’ bookshelves and book clubs. Established in 1997 and co-owned and managed by Jonathan Main and Justine Crow, its name is also derived from the haughtily intelligent birds which are plentiful in the area. The Bookseller Crow on the Hill stocks modern fiction, American literature, crime, and an impressive and colourful children’s section, and also offers local history, high-quality cookery books, and graphic novels; they have something for everyone, and appeal to a wide scope of interests without compromising on quality. The staff are knowledgeable, and welcome both questions and suggestions.

In keeping with their inclusive methods and desire to open people’s minds by getting them to open more books, they hold a popular monthly book club, where they choose the title, offer discounts on it all month, welcome anyone and everyone, and then eat, drink, and discuss. Their choices are varied so as to both include everyone and also challenge people to pick up titles they wouldn’t otherwise read, and they are always relevant and thought-provoking to inspire conversation.

Building on this idea, they offer membership to their Flight Club (whose first rule is read more books!). Each month they send members a book they think deserves to be read, with an explanation as to why and even a bookmark! Books often come signed by authors, and subscriptions are available for delivery to UK, Europe and Rest of the World addresses, with all postage included.

The bookshop also puts on events, where they host authors to read and discuss their latest novels. Owner Jonathan writes an acclaimed blog, and their taste in music is much appreciated by their cool clientele, who welcome the tunes that play while they browse. This is a place where signed-editions and snacks are on hand, and cutting-edge thought is combined with classics on the backlist. It has a small, community-oriented spirit with a widely open mind and a broad reach.

For more information on the store, bookclub, and events, visit their website, and follow them on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

50 Westow St.

Crystal Palace

London SE19 3AF

Opening Hours:

Mon-Fri- 10 am- 7 pm

Sat- 9:30 am- 6:30 pm

Sun + Bank Holidays- 11 am- 5 pm

020 8771 8831  jonathan@booksellercrow.co.uk

Bookstore of the Week – Rye Books

Rye Books

This week we are venturing down to leafy South East London for our Bookstore of the Week.

Introducing Rye Books.

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Rye Books is a colourful little bookshop in East Dulwich owned by Alastair Kenward. The bookshop, open for 4 years this November, has a very strong sense of identity. From its bold stripes to its bewitchingly simple logo, Rye Books hold’s its own in a difficult market for small independent bookshops.

Kenward clearly listens to his customers, stocking a beautiful range of books encouraging reading in young children and literacy as well as a collection of books for adults. With cookery, popular culture, including the bestselling Wes Anderson Collection and The Grand Budapest Hotel, and tomes on travel the shop is a haven for kids and their adults.

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You can feel the passion Alastair Kenward has for putting the right book into the right hand the moment you enter the shop, they are always happy to give recommendations. Rye Books is a place we would visit whether we knew exactly what we wanted or not! You know the moment you go in you are going to leave with at the very least the book you went in for…

The store has a warm, welcoming feel, it is a place we could easily hide and spend an hour or two. Not in the least because they have cake.

They stock a gorgeous array of new books, but they also have a second-hand section where you can buy a book for as little as three pounds. Plus, they host regular events include children’s storytime for babies and children up to four years old and an interesting assortment of author events, from cookery demonstrations to author talks. But the crème de la crème of Rye Books, as if there could be more we hear you cry, they host film nights in association with Free Film Festivals!

Rye Books is a perfect little local bookshop. We highly recommend a visit, plus, show them some love on Facebook and Twitter.

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Find them at:

Rye Books
45 Upland Road
London
SE22 9EF
Rye Books also has a bookstall every Saturday at the North Cross Road market.

#BookstoreoftheWeek – The Book Nook

Let us introduce you to The Book Nook; Brighton and Hove’s award winning independent children’s bookshop complete with a café and a pirate ship! Named Children’s Bookseller of the Year 2015 this little shop is everything you want in an independent children’s bookshop.

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The Book Nook offers a wonderful range of books for children of all ages. From first words to uncovering the seven wonders of the world to poetry and the latest young adult sensation, the Book Nook is full of books that will excite and inspire children everywhere (including the big kid inside!). Their knowledgeable staff are on hand for recommendations and words of advice and their passion for promoting books and reading feeds directly into the store’s frequent special events.

They host authors and illustrators, book and character days, poetry and book review competitions and daily story times at 4pm Monday – Friday! You can find a full-list of events on their website.

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Their child-friendly, stimulating environment also caters for the adult in tow. The Book Nook has excellent facilities with a café where parents can relax over coffee and homemade cakes whilst their children play safely in the incredible wooden pirate ship and enjoy their latest book.

The Book Nook are so much more than just(!) a fantastic bookshop they are part of the Brighton & Hove community. They work closely with local schools and nurseries and this engagement with the community shines through in their knowledge and popularity. We can see why they won Children’s Bookseller of the Yearfor the second time no less, their love affair with the written word and drive to get kids reading is an inspiration to the publishing industry. For this Book Nook, we are giving you another award this week, you are our #Bookstoreoftheweek.

Visit them at:

1 St Johns Place
First Avenue
Hove, East Sussex BN3 2FJ

Opening Times:
Mon – Fri: 9:00 – 17:30
Sat: 9:30 – 17:30

Find them on Facebook, Twitter and online at www.booknookuk.com/

Bookstore of the Week – Stanfords, Covent Garden

“Welcome to Stanfords – the biggest map and travel bookshop on earth”

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Stanfords are the UK’s leading specialist retailer of maps, travel books and travel accessories. For 160 years they have been providing explorers everything they need for their next adventure.

The Stanfords story begins in 1827 with the birth of Edward Stanford.  Inspired by the dramatic changing world he grew-up in Stanford joined the map and charts business of Mr Trelawney Saunders. Stanford was made partner in 1852 and a year later took control of the business himself. 

161 years later Stanfords is still a thriving map retailer and travel specialist. Their Covent Garden store is visited every year by thousands of travellers from every corner of the globe, all seeking inspiration for their next adventure.

As the World’s largest map retailer they stock  some very specialist items from as far away as Mexico and Russia. If there is a map or travel book you want, Stanfords is the place to go. In their own words; “We pride ourselves on being able to source even the most unlikely of items so please do ask us if you can’t find what you need on our website or instore.”

Their 50 strong, amazingly international team are a passionate bunch and more than willing to advise and pass on their own travel experience. Pop-in and swap some stories!

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Their selves are full of gift inspiration (for others and yourself!). We even spotted Chronicle’s Make Map Art among their Top Ten Gifts for Kids. But Stanfords are more than just great products, they have an impressive events schedule giving you the chance to meet some of the world’s most famous writers and photographers.  You can also find yourself in a travel lecture or meeting your travelling hero at a book signing.

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They also have a great loyalty scheme – rewards for indulging your passion, what could be better?

The famous map floors in the London store were originally produced by Marley Tiles. The ground floor is covered with the National Geographic map of the world, the first floor is a map of the Himalayas and the basement is a giant A-Z map of central London. These floors are the last pieces of work Marley’s titles ever completed! There is nothing more adventure inspiring than standing a giant map! Plus you can plan your great expedition in the superb in-store café. With a reputation for great coffee and relaxed interiors, Sacred Café is the perfect spot to indulge your dreams.

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So where are you going next?

Find them at: 

12-14 Long Acre,
Covent Garden,
London, WC2E 9LP.
Tel: 020 7836 1321
Fax: 0207759 7140
Email: sales@stanfords.co.uk

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Bookstore of the Week – GOSH! Comics

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We are letting our geek flag fly with this week’s Bookstore.

We are celebrating the one, the only GOSH! Comics. GOSH! are veterans in their field selling incredible comics, graphic novels and anything else you could ever dream of related to the comic book genre, for the past 25 years.

It moved to a new home on Berwick Street around 3 years ago, leaving behind it’s Bloomsbury roots in search of the vibrant energy of Soho. Their new store also got a brand new look. The Soho space has something of an industrial feel with large old factory lights and a concrete ceiling. The place is oozing character from the counter tops made out of old desktops to wooden stock shelves, all holding a striking array of comic books and graphic novels; from both well-known and indie names. They even have a section for high design children’s books.

Inside Gosh Comics

With events coming out of their ears GOSH! is the place to go to engage with your favourite artists and talent previously unknown to you. They are ever the home of one of our publishers; SelfMadeHero, and they hosted super-talent Jeffrey Brown on his UK tour in 2013.

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Jeffrey Brown painted an incredible window for them depicting his take on the Star Wars™ universe.

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We are big fans of Gosh! and not just because we grew-up watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer and reading comic books. We love Gosh because they are experts in their field and you can tell they love what they do the moment you walk in the store. They continue to thrive in a niche section of a declining industry because they are passionate. For that reason, Gosh Comics, we salute you! Keep doing your thing because we can’t get enough!

In their own words:

“Our range of graphic novels is second to none, and we’re always striving to source new and interesting product, whatever the genre. From translated European albums to mainstream superhero antics; vintage children’s books to contemporary graphic fiction; compulsively readable manga to cutting edge small press: we’ve got something for everyone.”

In the words of their fans:

“I got seriously derailed by my visit here, spending 2 hours reading the first few pages of dozens of comics. The selection can’t be beat, and I discovered so many things while here.” Kendall M 

“Great comic shop! Very in the know! Exclusive deals directly from the cartoonist! Special events all the time! Something for everyone even if you’ve never read a comic!” Clockwork C.

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Bookstore of the Week – The Owl Bookshop

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Today we are celebrating a lovely little independent in Kentish Town; The Owl Bookshop.

The Owl Bookshop opened in 1974 and offers a wonderful range of classic and current titles. They have a fantastic (and big!) children’s section, making it a hit with the local community. Plus, there are armchairs to help you relax while you mull over your choices.

Brought by Daunt Books in 2010 when the former owner Kevin Ramage has moved to Aberfeldy in Scotland. But James Daunt chose to keep the Owl’s identity and as such it hasn’t lost its own brand of charm or its authenticity.

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The Owl has earned its reputation as one of the best bookshops in North London through its range of fiction and non-fiction, but it also offers next day ordering, school supply and a carefully selected range of DVDs (predominately cult classics) and stationery. It is so much more than just a bookshop.

But don’t take our word for it; its character speaks for itself through glowing reviews:

“One of the best bookshops in North London, with a wide range of books and knowledgeable staff, it has a pleasant atmosphere and good author events.” Amanda Craig[1]

“Owl Bookshop is a fantastic independent selling new books, as well as cards, wrapping paper, calendars and so on. It’s surprisingly large for an indie, and very airy and spacious.” Tom Bell[2]

Trading for more than four decades, the Owl Bookshop covers everything from food and drink to fiction, all judiciously laid out. It is an invaluable local resource in this colourful part of North London.

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Three cheers to The Owl Bookshop!

Find them at:

209 Kentish Town Road, London, United Kingdom

Keep In Touch!

owlbookshop@gmail.com

020 7485 7793

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Little tip; customers who join the Owl’s loyalty scheme get discount and a newsletter with information about events and offers.

 

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