• 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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Coming Up for Air by George Orwell

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George Orwell's paean to the end of an idyllic era in British history, Coming Up for Air is a poignant account of one man's attempt to recapture childhood innocence as war looms on the horizon. George Bowling, forty-five, mortgaged, married with children, is an insurance salesman with an expanding waistline, a new set of false teeth - and a desperate desire to escape his dreary life. He fears modern times - since, in 1939, the Second World War is imminent - foreseeing food queues, soldiers, secret police and tyranny.

Ealing in 50 Buildings by Paul Howard Land & Jonathan Oates

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Known as the 'Queen of the Suburbs', Ealing is best known as being home to the world-famous Ealing Studios, the oldest film studios still in operation. However, there's much more to Ealing's historical and architectural heritage than this. Ealing in 50 Buildings explores the history of this West London borough through a selection of its greatest architectural treasures, from the Grade I listed medieval St Mary's Church in Perivale to the twenty-first-century gurdwara in Havelock Road, the biggest Sikh temple outside India.

There are buildings associated with famous people, such as the Poor Law school, which was attended by Charlie Chaplin; public buildings such as St Bernard's Hospital, where reforming surgeon Dr John Conolly worked; as well as mansions designed by John Soane. Local authors and historians Paul Howard Lang and Dr Jonathan Oates celebrate Ealing's architectural heritage in a new and accessible way as they guide the reader around the borough's historic and modern buildings.

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

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1. Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

2. The Binding by Bridget Collins

3.  No-one is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg

4. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

5. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

6. The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

7. War Doctor by David Nott

8. Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan

9. Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce

10. Lady in Waiting by Anne Glenconner

 

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.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

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Come laugh and cry with the March family.

Meg - the sweet-tempered one.

Jo - the smart one.

Beth - the shy one.

Amy - the sassy one.

Together they're the March sisters.

Their father is away at war and times are difficult, but the bond between the sisters is strong. The family may not have much money, but that doesn't stop them from creating their own fun and forming a secret society. Through sisterly squabbles, happy times and sad, their four lives follow very different paths, and they discover that growing up is sometimes very hard to do...

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 4 of us working here at various times: myself, Hazel, Ruth and Vanda. 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 have several events coming up over the next few months but we are just firming up details.

More to follow.....