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Books From Home

Updated: Mar 23, 2020

With the current situation many people are self isolating or in quarantine but might be feeling well enough to read a book or two, but where to get books if you can’t go out? Particularly if you want to keep supporting an independent bookshop and don’t have an e-reader (or just like paper books sometimes). Inspired by the author Tasha Suri who put together a crowd sourced list on twitter, here are a few links to places where you can order books online or by phone (inclusion in this list is not necessarily endorsement).

There is also a link to some free stories at the bottom of the page!

If you want to buy directly from smaller Independent Publishers then do check out this article.



There is a list of London bookshops in this article by the Evening Standard.

Gay’s the Word They are working on their website http://www.gaystheword.co.uk/ but in the meantime you can email them sales@gaystheword.co.uk

Round Table Books Order via their website https://www.roundtablebooks.co.uk/

The Second Shelf Order via email info@thesecondshelf.com details on their website https://thesecondshelf.com/

Persephone Books Order via their website http://www.persephonebooks.co.uk/

The Alligator‘s Mouth Order via their website https://www.thealligatorsmouth.co.uk/

Newham Books Taking orders via phone 020 8552 9993 and email info@newhambooks.co.uk website https://www.newhambooks.co.uk/

Goldsboro Books Order via their website https://www.goldsborobooks.com/

Kirkdale Bookshop Order via phone 020 8778 4701 email mail@kirkdalebookshop.com or via their website https://kirkdalebookshop.com/

Treadwells Bookshop Order via their website https://www.treadwells-london.com/

Henry Sotheran Ltd

Order via their Website https://sotherans.co.uk/

Middlesex/Greater London Brooks Pinner Order via their website https://www.brookspinner.com/

Somerset Books on The Hill Order by phone 01275 873647 or email info@booksonthehill.co.uk or order via their website https://www.booksonthehill.co.uk/

Devon Dogberry & Finch Books Order by phone 01837 657563 or email info@dogberryandfinch.co.uk , their website https://www.dogberryandfinch.co.uk

Norwich The Book Hive Order via their website https://www.thebookhive.co.uk/

Wales Richard Booth‘s Books Taking orders via email books@boothbooks.co.uk or phone 01497 820322 their website http://boothbooks.co.uk/

Derbyshire Scarthin Books Taking order via phone 01629 823272 or email nickscarthin@gmail.com more details on their website http://www.scarthinbooks.com/

Yorkshire Portal Bookshop Are taking order via email portalbookshop@gmail.com website details http://portalbookshop.com/

Imagined Things Bookshop Order via their website https://imaginedthings.co.uk/

Manchester Paramount Order from their website http://paramountbooks.co.uk/

Chapter One Order from their website https://www.chapteronebooks.co.uk/

Glasgow Category is books They are taking order by email categoryisbooks@gmail.com more details on their website https://www.categoryisbooks.com/

Edinburgh The Portabello Bookshop Are taking orders from their contact page while they work on an online shop https://www.theportobellobookshop.com/

Lighthouse Order via their website https://www.lighthousebookshop.com/

Golden Hare Books Order via their website https://goldenharebooks.com

Typewronger Books Order via email info@typewronger.com details on their website http://www.typewronger.com/

National, online or multiple locations Foyles Order via their website https://www.foyles.co.uk

Forbidden Planet books and comics https://forbiddenplanet.com/

Toppings & Company Booksellers Order via their website https://www.toppingbooks.co.uk

Bert’s Books Online specialist https://bertsbooks.co.uk/

Wordery Online bookstore https://wordery.com

Blackwells https://blackwells.co.uk

Waterstones https://www.waterstones.com/

World of Books Online book shop https://www.worldofbooks.com/en-gb

The Great British Bookshop Online Bookshop https://www.thegreatbritishbookshop.co.uk/

Abe Secondhand Books https://www.abebooks.co.uk/UsedBooks.shtml

Hive Also supporting local bookshops https://www.hive.co.uk/

Big Green Bookshop Online Bookshop http://biggreenbookshop.com/

New Releases

The British Fantasy Society are putting members new releases on their event calendar in the absence of physical events: http://www.britishfantasysociety.org/events/

Free Stuff!

The British Science Fiction Association has collated links to free stories that well known authors are putting online : https://bsfa.co.uk/reaching-out-some-opportunities-to-read-watch-listen/

If you have any shops or resources to add, do comment below or drop us a line.


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