Welcome to the Five Leaves Bookshop
The first independent general bookshop in Nottingham since 2000
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
Three months into running Nottingham’s new independent bookshop… wondering when we should stop using the word “new”. Except every day there’s at least one customer to whom the shop is entirely new. Maybe that will always be the case. But in one description of the shop I was – personally – described as a veteran. When did that happen? Time, it appears, is relative.
For booksellers Christmas is very important, and it was essential that we opened in time for the Christmas rush, hoping there would be one. There was, so we quickly learned how to run a busy bookshop. Writing this in January, we are learning how to run a much quieter bookshop. We are moving into a new phase – weekly events in the shop, book launches, providing a venue for groups like Runnymede Trust and Amnesty to launch campaigns, running external bookstalls, starting to receive institutional orders, buddying up to book groups and, soon, setting up our own book groups. Initially we’ll have a philosophy reading group, a reading the classics group and, probably, an Irish reading group and a radical reading group.
We’ll never compete with Lowdham Book Festival – indeed, I’m still involved in Lowdham Book Festival – but in the autumn we’ll have a mini radical book festival, in conjunction with the Trades Council and be working with Nottingham Quakers on a “peace and reconciliation” week. Our events will vary across the range of books we sell to try to avoid asking too much of our existing customers.
After three months, what sells? Our best selling area is landscape/cityscape, with poetry and fiction coming next. Any criticisms? That we are hard to find. Fair enough, though we are in the City Centre opposite the Tourist Information Centre. Next to a bookies, as it happens. That we are not bohemian enough. I do wear my beret to work sometimes, but that’s not enough for some. That we did not have a philosophy section. True, but the person who said that was surprised when we asked him to be the buyer for that section. That’s a bit bohemian, isn’t it?
We also stock:
A wide variety of greetings cards, post cards and wrapping papers
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 several events planned in the shop over the next few months. Please check the events section for regular updates.