Nottingham’s independent bookshop | 14a Long Row, Nottingham NG1 2DH | 0115 8373097

Welcome to  Five Leaves Bookshop

Regular Opening Hours:
10am to 5.30pm  Mon-Sat
12noon-4pm Sundays
Almost all our stock is now online,  Click here to view our online store,
Looking for presents?  You can use our on-line store to send presents (we’ll even wrap them for you – just make a request in the comments box)  Also, do have a look at our Gift Cards and Gift Boxes .


Here’s an introduction to the shop, created by Emily Drummond and friends.
Ten minutes.


Our current best sellers:

Mail order:

We can order pretty much anything in print, if it’s not already in stock.

We ask mail order customers to pay 10% for postage, minimum £1.00, up to a maximum of £3.  Mail order remains post-free for those who are housebound, shielding, on low incomes, or anyone who feels they need help with postage.

We also offer mystery boxes of £50 or £100 of books. You give us a brief, or any exclusions, and we’ll send you a box of books of our choice. We can send them as presents too, including a card.

Email in to bookshop@fiveleaves.co.uk and we’ll do the rest, letting you know payment options.

Five Leaves is also a publisher – we started that way – and in 2022 we published seven books and five pamphlets. Our dedicated publishing website is at www.fiveleaves.co.uk.


Keep an eye on our events page for details. We have a full, live events programme.  Recent highlights included a 200+ audience for the Guardian‘s Marina Hyde, Reading Proud afternoons with LGBT+ writers  as well as talks on, well, everything from early women gardeners to a series on the politics of health. Recently, with the Quakers, we organised a half day school on faith and racial justice.

We also ran online events with writers from UNESCO cities of literature Nanjing, Seattle, Quebec, Jakarta and, twice, Lviv. These can be viewed on our online channel.

Five Leaves Art Gallery: In September 2022, Five Leaves Bookshop started its (online) journey around the world’s UNESCO Cities of Literature with a visit to Québec City. One of the cities on the tour was Nanjing in China, where Shreya Sen-Handley met Ding Jie. Both writers are multi-talented – Shreya has written in many formats including memoir, poetry, fiction, plays, opera, and journalism. She has also illustrated children’s books. Ding Jie is not only a novelist, but he is also a fine artist. We have featured some of their artwork in the new Five Leaves Art Gallery.

Covid and events:  We have installed a new fresh air ventilation system over the shop floor which changes the air several times an hour. Masks and sanitiser are available near the till if you wish to use them.


The approach and doorway to our shop is level access. Wheelchairs and motorised wheelchairs can reach most parts of the shop. Staff are always happy to pull down items from high shelves. Our toilet is also accessible but only usable at events (there is a public toilet in the next alley to us). Mail order is post-free to those who are housebound or shielding.

About Us:

One of the few  independents to open in any UK city centre this century.

Find us opposite Nottingham Tourism centre – see map on the right. Located in the centre of Nottingham, we specialise in: Cityscape and Landscape, Politics, Fiction and Poetry, LGBTQ+, Counterculture, international writing and we stock many magazines and journals. We have had a Black Writing/Black Lives section since we opened. Our children’s books focus on diversity.

Five Leaves Bookshop set up a national Feminist Book Fortnight for 2018, which included many writers, publishers and about fifty independent bookshops in Britain, Ireland and Italy. Feminist Book Fortnight returned, post-COVID, in 2022 and we have now passed it to other booksellers. More here: https://feministbookfortnight.wordpress.com/

We have been regional finalists for the British Book Awards, Independent Bookshop of the Year eight years in a row, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. In 2018, 2019 and 2021 we won the Midlands section, in 2018 going forward to win the national final as Independent Bookshop of the Year. This year our fellow regional shortlist members are Burway Books, The Rabbit Hole in Brigg and Wonderland in Retford.

In 2019 we won a Nottingham Rainbow Heritage Award for our support for LGBT+ communities in the city.

In 2022 we won a Nottingham Windrush Award for our support for Black writers.

We also stock:

A wide variety of greetings cards and post cards, Book Tokens and our own Bookshop vouchers. Leading up to Christmas we sell Radical Tea Towels, mugs, the odd set of owls and a flock of literary ducks (or whatever is in this year), diaries, calendars, left wing bric-a-brac.


We have many events planned in the shop and online 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. Orders from the USA take a few days longer.
We offer 15% discount to book groups ordering four or more of a title, collected together or individually. Such orders can be monthly or occasionally. We welcome visit buys or more regular orders from institutions.

We can provide bookstalls at conferences and events, not just in Nottingham.

Five Leaves is also a publisher – see our list at www.fiveleaves.co.uk.

Working at Five Leaves:

Unfortunately we are not able to offer opportunities for work experience or internships. Our rare job vacancies are advertised in our emailed newsletter and on social media.

Stocking your book(s) :

We welcome approaches from publishers, but rarely stock self-published material. Approaches should be by email, please.

Privacy Notice:

We are Five Leaves Bookshop, 14a Long Row, Nottingham NG1 2DH, bookshop@fiveleaves.co.uk, 0115 8373097. Our data protection officer is Jane Anger.  We collect your personal data to help us order/deliver your purchases. We use your data to fulfil a contract with you or to send you information when you sign up for our mailing list or social media postings. No information is shared with outside parties.  We collect customer names and contact details with your consent when we order books for you or when you sign up for our mailings. You have a right to see any information held about you, and to withdraw consent for us to hold this information by, for example, asking to unsubscribe from our mailing list.

“Five Leaves independent bookshop… is a must-visit destination” The Independent
“…the wonderful, idiosyncratic new Five Leaves Bookshop” New Walk Magazine
“Notts TUC’s bookshop of choice” Nottinghamshire Trades Union Council
“You ain’t gonna find a d-list celeb biog here. Book your ideas up. ” LeftLion
“A commie bookshop that likes poetry” – in truth this was a completely misheard comment about the shop by a customer, but we are rather fond of it