Saturday, 23 June 2012

We're getting a bookshop. Squeee.

This is the shop next to Hamlet. It was empty for a very long time.

Then Conny-who-reads-this-blog noticed something happening:

If you are curious enough to look through the gap at the foot of the blinds you'll see a children's bookshop taking shape. This is wonderful news. 

Bookshops are thriving in France but they sure as hell aren't here and children's literature has Alice, the Velveteen Rabbit, the Thirteen Clocks, the Wonderful O, Minnow on the Say, the Chimneys of Greene Knowe, 101 Dalmatians, Five Children and It, the Railway Children, the Wouldbegoods, Harold and the Purple Crayon, Pinocchio, Tom Sawyer, Tom's Midnight Garden, the Wolves of Willoughby Chase, the Hobbit, King Solomon's Mines, the Jungle Book, Kim, Stalky & Co, Charlotte's Web, Anne of Green Gables, the Wind in the Willows, the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, the House at Pooh Corner, Shimbleshanks, the Night Train as well as a whole load of stuff for toddlers that I can't remember but am assured is good and whatever it is that kids read these days. I hope they still read Alice.

This kind of gentrification I can take.


  1. I went past the other day when the shutters were up, looks great - lots of big white shelves with loads of kids books. This one caught my eye - What Now, Cushie Butterfield? / Colin McNaughton. Nice to see a little bit a of Crouch End on our High Street.

  2. Wow, this is excellent news! I walked past there yesterday and didn't notice anything so i'll pass by again later and see if I can have a peep inside.

  3. It is the best bookshop I've been in!
    Lovely and clean loads of books to choose from and there good books all priced up 5.99 to 9.99 and are brand new don't know how he does it but who's complaining I bought 55 books for 50 pound , when it should of come to at least 300 pound ,
    Love the shop!

  4. This is fantastic news - I worked in a bookshop on England's Lane in Belsize Park before I moved to Crouch End. We had a great children's section, and regular story times, which were very popular. I miss working there so much and am glad to see a book shop opening near me .

    Helena xx

    1. My goodness, you're the 'Helena's London Life' Helena Halme. How exciting - have been reading your blog for ages now.