Radical Bookshops List

Last updated: May 2013



Radical Bookshop Directory



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The North

Left on the Shelf.
A specialist second-hand bookseller of material on all topics to do with Socialism.
Yard 91, 87 Highgate, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 4ED.


News from Nowhere.
The leading radical & community bookshop for Liverpool. It is a not-for-profit worker’s co-operative committed to social change.
96 Bold Street, Liverpool L1 4HY.


People’s Bookshop
A newly opened bookseller specialising in radical politics, with primarily second-hand stock.
The Attic, Saddlers Yard, 70 Saddler Street, Durham DH1 3NP.


Radish Books
An indie radical bookshop in a tiny space in the smallish urban community of Chapel Allerton. They offer a good range of quality adult and children’s fiction together with genres characterised as alternative or radical – hence Rad…ish.
128 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 4NZ.


Working Class Bookfair 
A regular bookfair that tours towns in the north-east. The philosophy behind the organisation is the belief that the people’s needs are of the utmost importance.



Northern Ireland

Just Books Collective.
Focuses on libertarian and anarchist texts.
40 Bedford St, Belfast BT2 7FF.




56a Infoshop Book Centre.
A volunteer-run, 100% unfunded DIY-run bookshop and social centre in Walworth, South London. 56 Crampton Street. London SE17 3AE.


They specialise in Marxist theory, economics and socialist history.
1 Bloomsbury Street, London WC1B 3QE.


Calder Bookshop.
In the shadow of the Old Vic, with its own adjoining mini-theatre, and a specialism in political theory and theatre books.
51 The Cut, Bankside, Lambeth SE1.


Freedom Press.
A long-standing anarchist bookshop and publisher based in Whitechapel.
Angel Alley, 84b Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QX.


Gay’s The Word.
A the UK’s pioneering first (and is today the last surviving) lesbian and gay bookshop. It opened in 1979.
66 Marchmont Street, London WC1N 1AB.


A long-running radical bookshop in the King’s Cross area. It is a not-for-profit and non-sectarian bookshop, specialising in books, zines, and periodicals of radical interest and progressive politics.
5 Caledonian Road, King’s Cross, London N1 9DX


Newham Bookshop.
East London’s leading independent bookseller.
745-747 Barking Road, London E13 9ER.


Soma Books
Specialises in Indian books and fair trade crafts.
38 Kennington Lane, London SE11 4LS.


The South

Africa Book Centre.
Provides books and music from and about the continent of Africa.
Preston Park Business Centre, 36 Robertson Road, Brighton BN1 5NL.


Cowley Club.
A collectively run libertarian centre, which houses a cafe and bookshop during the day, a members bar during the evenings.
12 London Road, Brighton. BN1 4JA


Dreadnought Books
An independent second-hand bookshop based in Bristol. Specialising in history, with a particular focus on radical, social and labour history and also carrying a broad general stock catering to most interests. 
125 St. George’s Road, Hotwells, Bristol, BS1 5UW



Hydra Books.
Recently opened at the end of 2011 and was set up by a group formed around the Bristol Radical History Group.
34 Old Market, Bristol BS2 0EZ.


October Books.
An independent community bookshop and not-for-profit cooperative based in the Portswood area of Southampton.
243 Portswood Road, Southampton SO17 2NG.




Word Power.
A leading independent bookshop opened formally by Booker Prize Winner James Kelman in December 1994.
43-45 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DB.


Calton Books.
Concentrates on socialist titles.
159 London Road, Glasgow G1.


Online bookshops

An online retailer of environmental titles based in Bath.


Active Distribution.
A well-known grass-roots and not-for-profit punk music and radical literature distributor based out of London, but whose stalls turn up at events all over Europe.


Andrew Burgin
An internet-based seller of political ephemera, providing an as-wide-as-possible collection of graphic and ephemeral material from the political and social struggles of the last 50 years.


If you know of or are part of any other radical bookshops or book projects then please let us know and we’ll add you to the list.


Thanks to the Alliance of Radical Booksellers for this list – www.radicalbooksellers.co.uk.

The London Radical Bookfair takes place at Goldsmith's University on 7th May 2016.





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