Independent Bookshop List

To celebrate Independent Bookshop week, we asked some of our authors what their favourite independent bookshops are:

Daisy Hildyard, Interesting Books

Interesting Books is a small space on a narrow street in the far north of England, not far from the border with Scotland. It’s in a town, not a city. The range of books is considered, mostly contemporary publishing from interesting independent presses: whoever chooses the books there clearly loves to read. When I went in, the man behind the desk was chatting with the other customers, it felt welcoming.  

Vanessa Onwuemezi, Brick Lane Books

Brick Lane Books has a unique selection of literature within which I always find something to surprise me. And now the staff there run an increasingly important short story prize. It’s in a part of London close to my heart, as I spent some of my teenage years on Brick Lane while there was still a music scene there, rubbing shoulders with my favorite musicians and yet to discover new ones.

Joanna Pocock, The Broadway Bookshop

Walking into The Broadway Bookshop in Hackney is an inoculation against the world of algorithms, against the power of faceless AI and Big Tech that dictates ‘if you liked that, then you might like this’. Independent bookshops are part of the landscape that allows for a healthy literary ecosystem. I have lost track of the number of books I have read and loved that have been recommended to me by Tom or Janie or any of the people working in The Broadway Bookshop. I visit as much for the books as I do for the conversations I have with the people who work there. My life would be so much poorer without it.

Katharina Volckmer, Lutyens & Rubinstein

My favourite indie bookshop is Lutyens & Rubinstein. I feel a rush of solidarity every time I see the name which must get misspelled just as often as my own. It’s the bookshop that’s closest to my work and I love going there during my lunch breaks, stare at new covers and fantasise about a life that could be spent just reading books. And I also love listening to Claire’s very honest opinions about the latest publications which helps me manage my own unmanageable reading list.

Indie Twinning Week, Toppings & Company Booksellers of Edinburgh

For indie twinning week we are delighted to partner with Toppings & Company Booksellers of Edinburgh. This beautiful bookshop, housed in a William Playfair building, holds a wonderfully varied selection of fiction and non-fiction. The booksellers are knowledgeable and passionate – you are bound to leave the shop with a book you didn’t know you wanted.

All the independent bookshops listed on this page are open for online orders.

THE NAKED DON’T FEAR THE WATER by Matthieu Aikins

International retailers accepting orders of The Naked Don’t Fear The Water

India:

Amazon India

Singapore: 

Kinokuniya Singapore

Thailand: 

Kinokuniya Thailand

France:

Shakespeare & Co

Paris:

Galignani Bookstore

Spain:

Desperate Literature

Ireland:

Books Upstairs

Brussels:

Waterstones Brussels 

Antwerp:

De Groene Waterman

Ljubljana:

Mladinska Knijiga Trgovina

Croatia:

Znanje

Prague:

Megabooks

Sweden:

Adlibris 

Lithuania:

Knygynas Eureka!

Germany:

Dussmann English Bookshop

Amsterdam:

Athenaeum Boekhandel 

Upsalla, The Uppsala English Bookshop

Stockholm:

Soderbokhandeln Hansson & Bruce

Australia:

Readings

Aotearoa New Zealand:

Unity Books

Daisy Hildyard’s EMERGENCY Book Tour

20 April – Daisy Hildyard in conversation with Alice Tarbuck at Portobello Bookshop, Edinburgh

4 May – Daisy Hildyard in conversation with Stu Hennigan at Wetherby Library

5 May – Daisy Hildyard at Truman Books, Leeds

11 May – Daisy Hildyard in conversation with Katharine Kilalea at Foyles, Charing Cross

17 May – Daisy Hildyard in conversation with Samantha Walton at Bookhaus, Bristol

25 May – Daisy Hildyard at Outwith Books, Glasgow.

16 June – Reading at Bold Tendencies with Matthew McNaught.

27 August – Daisy Hildyard at Edinburgh International Book Festival. Link tbc.

Matthieu Aikins’ THE NAKED DON’T FEAR THE WATER Book Tour

Matthieu Aikins by Kiana Hayeri 2021

22 March – Matthieu Aikins in conversation with Jon Lee Anderson at Reference Point

28 March – Matthieu Aikins in conversation with Sally Hayden and Jenny Lacey at Bristol Festival of Ideas

29 March – Matthieu Aikins Book Launch at ISHKAR

6 April – Evenings with an Author: Matthieu Aikins at American Library in Paris

9 April – Matthieu Aikins in conversation with Tamar de Waal at deBALIE in Amsterdam

11 April – Anthony Hyman Memorial Lecture 2022 at SOAS

Vanessa Onwuemezi’s DARK NEIGHBOURHOOD Book Tour

Vanessa Onwuemezi Credit Elizabeth Wicks

13 October Short Story event with Lucie McKnight Hardy, Vanessa Onwuemezi and Sarah Schofield at Blackwell’s Manchester

16 October Short Story event with Vanessa Onwuemezi, Alice Ash and Gemma Seltzer at Burley Fisher Festival

21 October Common Ground: Friendship in the City of London: Vanessa Onwuemezi, Caleb Azumah Nelson and Naomi Ishiguro at London Literature Festival

25 October – Vanessa Onwuemezi and Kayo Chingonyi hosted by Pages of Hackney [digital event] Link TK.

27 October – The Giant Dark/Dark Neighbourhood: Dazzling New Fiction with Sarvat Hasin at Lighthouse Bookshop, Edinburgh

28 October Vanessa Onwuemezi and Shola Von Reinhold in conversation with Helen Charman at Mount Florida Books in Glasgow

Fitz Carraldo Editions