Brighton isn’t short of independent shops, and this is no different for our independent bookshops. Though they may be hidden away in the depths of the laines, or near Nandos, instead of heading to Waterstones or worse, Amazon, for your next bedtime read, why not pop into one of these lovely places?
Kemptown Bookshop: The award winning independent Bookshop was established over forty years ago, and stock 10,000 titles across all ranges, for both adults and children. They also stock a wonderful collection of book-related gifts as well as some unique children’s toys such as wooden animals, hand-knit dolls as well as board games such as Brighton Monopoly and Children’s Scrabble. Kemptown Bookshop is also the main UK distributor for The Bookroom Art Press, which specialises in the printing and publishing of 20th Century British art. Kemptown Bookshop is based in St. George’s Road in Kemptown, and you can check out their website here.
Books for Amnesty: Okay, so maybe not all the independent bookshops are hidden away, as Books for Amnesty stands proud in the North Laines. Selling first and second hand copies of books as well as vinyls, comics and much more, this bookshop is great for finding hidden gems, and you’ll be helping out a worthy cause. Also, if you can’t get down there, you can buy from their online stores on AbeBooks and Amazon.
The Smallest Bookshop in Brighton: Not technically a bookshop, The Smallest Bookshop in Brighton is actually a number of small mini libraries set up in the corners of our favourite cafes and bars. Currently, the bookshops are hidden away in Fanny’s Café and Deli, The Dover Castle, The Caxton Arms, The Independent and Mojo Coffee house. You can find out more about them on their Facebook page.
Brighton Books: The go to place for beautiful books, Brighton Books is slightly more expensive than other second hand bookshops. However, I promise you will not be disappointed when you find a great quality first edition, perfect for gifts for loved ones, and to treat yourself! They don’t have a website, but you can find them on Kensington Gardens.
Colin Page: If you’re looking for a classic antique bookshop, then Colin Page is the place. With friendly staff and an atmosphere you can only find in bookshops like these, you’ll find yourself spending hours amongst the treasure trove of wonderful books.
City Books: ‘Brighton and Hove’s Largest and Liveliest Independent Bookshop’ according to the website, and I have to say I agree. There is something for everyone in City Books, including a large range of local books your local historian would absolutely love. They also hold regular literary evenings boasting guest speakers such as Ranulph Fiennes, Vic Reeves, Jamie Oliver, Caitlin Moran, Rick Stein, Tony Benn and many more. You can find their website here.
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