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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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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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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

I Want You to Know We're Still Here by Jonathan Safran Foer

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A moving and powerful inter-generational memoir about story and memory. Mine is a family of readers and writers. Our house is filled with books. There are contemporary design books on the coffee table in the living room, legal books in my husband's home office, and piles of children's books for when my grandchildren visit. However, the side table next to my bed is piled with books about the Holocaust. Framed maps of shtetls line my office walls and pictures of relatives killed in the Holocaust are displayed on our family gallery walls. Sometimes I feel like I exist across two polarized realities, experiencing great fulfillment from family, friends, and a meaningful career, and, at the same time, finding the joy of my life tempered by its shadows. In the darker corners of my mind live ghosts and demons who visit me from the shtetls in Ukraine where my family came from. Some of the details that make these visions so vivid are imagined because I grew up in a family where memories were too terrible to speak of. This is the true story of four generations who have been dealing with the Holocaust and its aftermath. We are four generations, survivors and survivors of survivors, storytellers and memory keepers. And we're still here.


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The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

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In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet up once a week to investigate unsolved murders. But when a brutal killing takes place on their very doorstep, the Thursday Murder Club find themselves in the middle of their first live case. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron might be pushing eighty but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves. Can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer before it's too late?

Launched in 1971, the Costa Book Awards is one of the UK's most prestigious and popular book prizes and celebrates the most enjoyable books of the year by writers resident in the UK and Ireland. Uniquely, the prize has five categories – First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book – with one of the five winning books selected as the overall Costa Book of the year and each category is judged separately by a panel of three judges per category. The Costa Book of the Year is then chosen by a nine-member panel which includes representatives from the original panels who are joined by other well-known people who love reading.

And this year's winner is.....

The Mermaid of Black Conch by Monique Roffey

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March 1976: St Constance, a tiny Caribbean village on the island of Black Conch, at the start of the rainy season.

A fisherman sings to himself in his pirogue, waiting for a catch but attracts a sea-dweller he doesn't expect.

Aycayia, a beautiful young woman cursed by jealous wives to live as a mermaid, has been swimming the Caribbean Sea for centuries. And she is entranced by this man David and his song.

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 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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