Biblio-Text: Bookmarks

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 111 months ago
Biblio-Text: Bookmarks
Table display of music books. See, it's not all striking miners
Table display of music books. See, it's not all striking miners
Table display and sculpture
Table display and sculpture
Rather lovely wood and metal shelving
Rather lovely wood and metal shelving
The familiar exterior of Bookmarks
The familiar exterior of Bookmarks
Celebrating Bush's departure: it was topical when we visited
Celebrating Bush's departure: it was topical when we visited
Postcards from the edge of politics
Postcards from the edge of politics
Coal not dole
Coal not dole
Biography, children's books and a fragile Earth
Biography, children's books and a fragile Earth
Across the open space of Bookmarks
Across the open space of Bookmarks

Continuing our amble round London's independent bookshops

Bookmarks will be familiar to anyone who's experienced the north-south bus routes towards Tottenham Court Road - perched at the bottom of Bloomsbury Street, with its bright red windows and usually bedecked in posters for a left-wing cause, it's been going for 30 years.

Bookmarks is, of course, a (or the) socialist bookshop - in fact they're the official bookseller to the TUC and discount to trade union libraries. The more eagle-eyed among you might also spot a revolutionary allusion in their phone number (020 7637 1848). Their stock obviously has a distinct left-wing slant, but they're not a bunch of crazed Commies. They have an extensive collection of books about Marxism and left-wing politics as well as more general political titles, biography, science and a surprisingly large children's section. You can pick up CDs and DVDs, too (Ken Branagh's turn as Wallander, anyone?).

The shop also hosts regular events. Over the next three Thursdays Bookmarks welcomes authors Kevin Doogan, Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, and Granville Williams, whose book on the Miner's Strike ties in with its 25th anniversary which the shop is commemorating.

Bookmarks, 1 Bloomsbury Street WC1B 3QE. Map after the jump, images author's own. Know a good bookshop? Email us at londonist (@) gmail.com.


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Last Updated 21 April 2009