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

Welcome to  Five Leaves Bookshop

Latest news: Our stock is now mostly online, to complement our shop sales.
Click here to view our online store.
Current best sellers:

Mail order

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

From 1st October we will ask mail order customers to pay 10% for postage up to a maximum of £3. Naturally we have agonised over this, because there are still many people for whom mail order is more than a convenience. So 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. And we’ll add in a bit more as you are bound to already have one or two! It’s fun, and it’s reading and it’s trading. We are not looking for donations by stealth. If you have any spare cash donate it to your local food bank! We’ve done many of these boxes already. 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.

Online Events

Our online events programme is taking shape – keep an eye on our events page for details.  Our recent online events include a Women’s Prize discussion with Tayare Jones, Kate Mosse and Ann Patchett, discussions with Philippe Sands, Rachel Joyce, Emilie Pine and Christine Dwyer Hickey together with interviews with a number of East Midlands writers. These are on our YouTube channel – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChfEfiR2q9bXWYpXgT2LgqQ/videos?view=0&sort=dd&shelf_id=1

Coronavirus / Covid-19 information – Update

Our opening hours are 10am-5pm Monday to Saturday

Five customers only in the shop at one time please.  Compulsory hand sanitising on entry. Please maintain two metres distancing, no matter what changes the government makes.

We’d love to see you… but are doing mail order post free for those who may not wish to come to town.

And you do have to wear a mask. One of those blue ones is fine…




How we are working

We have done full risk assessments and have revised our working practices to ensure our safety and that of our customers. Staff work in separate areas, with cleaning of surfaces and equipment at lunch breaks and the till area is behind a screen. We have masks and visors  and use them when on the shop floor. We are mostly shelving newly arrived books after hours.  Our wholesaler, Gardners, is also operating safely, with reduced staffing to allow distancing and with workers wearing PPE. Our trade association, the Booksellers Association, is very happy with them.

It will all take time to get used to but we always err on the side of caution no matter what the official rules!  Thanks for bearing with us.

Ross Bradshaw

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,
Lesbian and Gay,  Counterculture,  International writing,  and Magazines and Journals.


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. In 2019 the Fortnight ran from 4-18 May and has its own website https://feministbookfortnight.wordpress.com/  In 2020 Feminist Book Fortnight had a small handful of online events only due to the Covid-19 crisis but will return in 2021.



We have been regional finalists for the British Book Awards, Independent Bookshop of the Year five years in a row, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. In 2018 Five Leaves won the national final, and was the British Book Awards Independent Bookshop of the Year. In 2019 we won the Midlands section.

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

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 over the next few months. Please check the events section for regular updates. Currently all our events are online.

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
There are currently no staff vacancies, and we do not anticipate any vacancies in the near future. Unfortunately we are not able to offer opportunities for work experience or internships.

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