Biblio-Text: Bookseller Crow On The Hill

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 115 months ago
Biblio-Text: Bookseller Crow On The Hill
If you walk up the hill, this will be a sight for a sore eyes (and legs)
If you walk up the hill, this will be a sight for a sore eyes (and legs)
Lots of cool stuff hanging from the ceiling
Lots of cool stuff hanging from the ceiling
Hellfire, the choice...
Hellfire, the choice...
These flowers smelled lovely too
These flowers smelled lovely too
You've got to love a display that puts its bollocks front and centre
You've got to love a display that puts its bollocks front and centre
You can sit your hiney on an Iain Banks cushion
You can sit your hiney on an Iain Banks cushion
Is this how it starts Mr Hitchcock? Is it? Is it?
Is this how it starts Mr Hitchcock? Is it? Is it?

Continuing our amble round London's independent bookshops

There are two immediate things to address with the Bookseller Crow on the Hill. First: crow? Well, that would be co-owner Justine's surname, and given extra resonance by the crows that hang around the ponds where she and partner Jonathan go swimming. Second: the hill? Oh yes. Don't underestimate the hill. When we visited we got off at Crystal Palace station and by jimminy, Anerley Hill was a fun surprise. (The campaign to get the A-Z to show gradients starts here.) But once you've puffed your way to the top, what will you find?

There's the excellent fiction section that you'd expect from an independent, but also good graphic novel and sciencey collections. The children's books displays are pretty enticing for young and old(er) fingers alike. With mobiles and strings of doves hanging from the ceiling, it also feels a bit enchanted cavern-like.

But the main reason for the Bookseller Crow's fame is their fantastic blog. Come here for tips on the best books, local news, tales of customer (and shopkeeper) randomness and lots of funny. We're not quite sure what it is about booksellers that makes them such good bloggers, but our top tip for today is this: if you stumble across one of their blogs, bookmark it immediately.

Bookseller Crow on the Hill, 50 Westow Street, Crystal Palace. Map after the jump, images author's own. Know a good bookshop? Email us at londonist (@) gmail.com.


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Last Updated 19 May 2009