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

Welcome to  Five Leaves Bookshop

We are open, 10am to 5.30pm  Mon-Sat, 12noon-4pm Sundays
Almost all our stock is now online, and we have Gift Cards, and Gift Boxes too: Click here to view our online store
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 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.

We also do a range of £30 Gift Boxes here.

The Jhalak Prize

We are proud to partner the Jhalak Prize for the second year as part of their Books to Readers programme. The Jhalak Prize was first awarded in March 2017, along with its new sister award, the Jhalak Children’s & YA Prize, founded in 2020, it seeks to celebrate books  from all genres by British writers of colour.

In 2022 we are championing Jeffrey Boakye, whose book Musical Truth: A History of Modern Black Britain in 28 Songs is shortlisted for the Jhalak Children’s & YA Prize.

“This exhilarating playlist tracks some of the key shifts in modern British history, and explores the emotional impact of 28 songs and the artists who performed them. This book redefines British history, the Empire and postcolonialism, and will invite you to think again about the narratives and key moments in history that you have been taught up to now. Thrilling, urgent, entertaining and thought-provoking, this beautifully illustrated [by Ngadi Smart] companion to modern black music is a revelation and a delight.”

Deirdre O’Byrne interviewed Jeffrey for us – watch on our YouTube channel here.

Online Events:

Keep an eye on our events page for details.  Our recent online events include a series on Modern Women Artists in collaboration with Eiderdown Books and a series on Autism and the Arts in collaboration with Autistic Nottingham. These events were funded by Arts Council England, and subtitled videos will be available on our YouTube channel soon, alongside recordings of most of our other online events. We also recently interviewed Costa Book of the Year award winner Monique Roffey, non-binary activist Jamie Windust and Brighton bomber Patrick Magee about his memoir When Grieving Begins (click links to see recordings).

Covid and events: We are just starting to do a few live events in the bookshop again, with an in-person audience, as well as sometimes a livestream for attendees watching from home. On the night of the event, our team will be wearing masks and we encourage you to do the same, unless you are exempt. This will keep things as safe as possible for authors, audience members and our booksellers.

How we are working during Covid:

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 regular cleaning of surfaces and equipment and the till area is behind a screen. 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. We prefer our customers to wear mask (unless exempt) and offer free masks to those who arrive without.


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 (note – because of COVID we do not currently allow customer access, but there are Council public toilets in the next alleyway.) Mail order is postfree 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. In 2019 the Fortnight ran from 4-18 May. It was cancelled in 2020 due to Covid. Feminist Book Fortnight returned in 2022. More here: https://feministbookfortnight.wordpress.com/

We have been regional finalists for the British Book Awards, Independent Bookshop of the Year seven years in a row, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022. 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.

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 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:

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