When I travel one of the things on my must do list is exploring the local, independent bookshops. I do some research, go visit and buy some books. Also, I keep being loud about supporting local businesses. So when I was in Nottingham, I visited two bookshops;
- Five Leaves and
- Bookwise Secondhand Shop
Five Leaves Publications was set up in 1996 and has published around 200 literary, political, social history and other titles, including a strong Jewish list and books for young adults. The bookshop opened in 2013 with a strong emphasis on independent publishing. – For more details go to their website.
In the shop you can browse for books in fiction, poetry, LGBTQ+, feminism, spirituality, music, politics, self-help and travel writing and many more.
It is a well-hidden, little bookshop with a great atmosphere where I easily spent an hour just browsing the great selection of books they have. I ended up buying Vagina: A re-education which is a delightfully educative book, I can certainly recommend.
Bookwise is a charity second-hand bookshop with a range of quality pre-loved books, CDs and sheet music at bargain prices. Their purpose at Bookwise is to raise funds in aid of the excellent local charity, Music for Everyone, a music-education charity which provides music participation opportunities for people of all ages and abilities across Nottingham city and county. For more details go to their website.
Bookwise is centrally located, easy to spot and the staff is very lovely and helpful. I personally really liked, that after I purchased my book – Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi – his closing sentence was, “Enjoy your Book”! It was clear from the beginning that the volunteer who was working the till, appreciated books a lot and he was happy that they find a new home. It was really lovely to shop here, I hope to be back.