Welcome to the Five Leaves Bookshop

The first independent general bookshop in Nottingham this century


Located in the centre of Nottingham, we specialize in:

Cityscape and Landscape, Politics, Fiction and Poetry,
Lesbian and Gay,  Counterculture, Psychology
Weird and Wonderful, International writing,  and Magazines and Journals.

We are open Monday – Saturday  10.00am – 5.30pm


Five Leaves Bookshop opened in November last year so we’re still at the baby steps stage of bookselling, despite having a lively events programme, lots of regular customers (and many still finding the shop for the first time) and double the stock compared to when we started. Many parts of the shop are “full” but every day those new titles are published… what to do? There’s now a regular team of ten, ranging from core workers and summer holiday staff through to a couple of people who mostly do external bookstalls. We’ve just expanded the core staff to have one worker specialising in events and bookstalls. The events programme this autumn is going to be pretty big and we can now undertake bookstalls further afield.

Politics has taken over from cityscape and landscape as our best selling area, but we are just as happy if someone comes across our small Beat or Romani or Transgender sections.

The first year is whizzing past, but we’re already looking to next year when we’ll be working with the Nottingham Liberal Synagogue to bring Jewish Book Week back to Nottingham. But that’s a while yet.

The shop events programme peaked at three evenings one week, all different audiences, and we’re steadily planning the rest of the year. We will  get a couple of book groups going  and we’ll finally have a proper poetry series, as well as mini-series on sexuality and Asian fiction. Keep abreast via our emailing list or Facebook. Our biggest event was a 150-strong commemoration of the Miners’ Strike at the end of April, with Seamas Milne from the Guardian, Joyce Sheppard from Women Against Pit Closures, Harry Paterson, author of the Five Leaves book on the strike, Bianca Todd from Left Unity and Keith Stanley from the NUM, with the Clarion Choir in good voice too.

Events are the icing on the cake though. Day to day bookselling is, um, the cake itself. And we particularly like ordering books for people.

 Ross Bradshaw


We also stock:
A wide variety of greetings cards and post cards, Book Tokens and our own Bookshop vouchers.
Some ethically sourced products: Zapatista coffee, Zaytoun olive oil, olives and soap and a small selection of Radical Tea Towels and the  Left Lion Underground Tea Towel

We have many events planned in the shop over the next few months. Please check the events section for regular updates.

We can order any book in print, Most books arrive within 24-48 hours. Books can be ordered in the shop, by phone or by email with payment only on collection.
We offer 15% discount to book groups ordering four or more of a title, collected together.
Such orders can be monthly or occasionally.
We can provide bookstalls at conferences and events.
Five Leaves is also a publisher – see our list at www.fiveleaves.co.uk.

“…the wonderful, idiosyncratic new Five Leaves Bookshop” New Walk Magazine

“Notts TUC’s bookshop of choice” Nottinghamshire Trades Union Council