Biblio-Text: Joseph's Bookstore

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 112 months ago
Biblio-Text: Joseph's Bookstore
Happy Hanukkah everybody!
Happy Hanukkah everybody!
"You never call, you never write" - Jewish stereotypes juxtaposed with books about mass genocide
"You never call, you never write" - Jewish stereotypes juxtaposed with books about mass genocide
Jewish history below a Chagall-esque painting
Jewish history below a Chagall-esque painting
We loved the old sign propped up at the front of the shop
We loved the old sign propped up at the front of the shop
Outside Joseph's Bookstore on a grey, moisty day
Outside Joseph's Bookstore on a grey, moisty day
And Cafe Also next door
And Cafe Also next door
Bar Mitzvah cards and ice cream
Bar Mitzvah cards and ice cream
All these paintings are for sale
All these paintings are for sale
It's not just Jewish titles: here we have science, economics and Islam
It's not just Jewish titles: here we have science, economics and Islam
Inside Cafe Also, with its mediterranean menu
Inside Cafe Also, with its mediterranean menu

Continuing our amble round London's independent bookshops

Amid the kosher delis and unbelievably good bakeries of Temple Fortune sits Joseph's Bookstore. As you'd expect from the location they carry a large selection of Jewish titles, covering history, faith, politics, popular culture, art and texts in Hebrew. Students of theology or history who're struggling to find decent books (you know, the kinds of history books that don't send you to sleep) should have a browse round here.

For a (relatively) small shop in the zone 3 suburbs they also have an impressive events list. Previous guests include David Baddiel, Andrew Marr, Jonathan Freedland, Maureen Lipman and Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. The art on the walls is for sale and, in a nice twist on wedding lists, should you wish to mark your passage into adulthood in literary fashion you can set up tailored Bar/Bat Mitzvah lists.

But don't go thinking this is a "Jewish bookshop". There are large sections of fiction, art, science and Islam. In addition, Joseph's is one of the fine bookshops to eschew a Starbucks and have its very own eaterie. Cafe Also serves tasty Mediterranean food to fill your belly while browsing your purchases.

Joseph's Bookstore, 1257 Finchley Road, Temple Fortune. Closed Saturdays. Map after the jump, images author's own. Know a good bookshop? Email us at londonist (@) gmail.com.


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Last Updated 09 June 2009