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Closed 22 – 26 August for stock take

Just a heads up that the shop will be closed from Monday 22 August until Friday 26 August while we carry out our annual stock take and do a little repainting.

In person collections won’t be possible during this time, so please ensure that anything is urgent is collected before 6pm on Sunday 21 August. After that, we’ll open our doors again at 10am on Saturday 27 August.

We will endeavour to reply to emails throughout this time but will ask for a little more patience than usual while awaiting a reply.

Our webshop will remain open throughout, and in most instances we’ll be dispatching orders for delivery directly from our supplier. Rest assured though that we’ll be in touch asap if we need to give you an update regarding your order.

Most orders placed for collection between the 22 and 26 will likely be available for collection from Monday 29 August, however we will send an email to confirm when your order is ready.

Thanks so much!

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Win a National Book Token!

Answer a short survey about your book shopping interests and opinions, for a chance to win £25 worth of National Book Tokens!

The survey is being undertaken with the customers of a wide range of UK bookshops and will help us understand the habits and attitudes of book buyers, and offer our customers the best possible services.The survey should only take around 10 minutes to complete, and as a thank you for your time and valuable feedback, all responses received before the deadline of 1st September 2022 will be eligible to be entered into a prize draw, where 10 winners will each receive £25 worth of National Book Tokens, which can be used in any bookshop in the UK.

Your response will be sent to the independent research agency Nielsen BookData, who are administering the survey on behalf of UK bookshops. Your answers will be used by Nielsen BookData purely for research purposes and will not be shared with us or any other organisation, so please be as honest as you can in your replies.

Please do take part in the survey if you can – it will be a great help to us.

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Listen: Sheena Patel in Conversation with Sophie Heawood

Name a more iconic duo! 😍

If you weren’t amongst the lucky few that joined us in person a couple of weeks back to hear Sheena Patel discussing I’M A FAN with Sophie Heawood, the event is now available in podcast format. Listen below, or search wherever you get your podcasts.

Huge thanks once again to Sheena and Sophie, Nina and Kate at Rough Trade Books, and everyone that joined us live 💥

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June Bank Holiday Opening Hours

As the nation prepares itself for a Totally Normal One we’ve decided to do the same. We’ll be open for our regular hours throughout the bank holiday weekend, serving good vibes and great reads. Come say hi! 👋

Thursday: 11 – 6
Friday: 11 – 6
Saturday: 10 – 6
Sunday: 11 – 6

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Reading: Girls on Bikes / Keeping the House

We’re really thrilled to be able to share this special reading from Tice Cin to follow her brilliant recent GIRLS ON BIKES playlist. Bathed in gorgeous dappled sunlight before Cemile AKA bougainvillea, Tice reads from her Jhalak Prize shortlisted debut novel KEEPING THE HOUSE.

She says: “Cemile falls around accompanying leaves. The extract in this alternative video reading follows two girls biking through Lordship rec, time slowing and speeding with the awe and surprise that wind-whistling offers.”

We LOVE this reading, and we’re just made up to be Tice’s bookshop champions ahead of the final Jhalak Prize announcement on 26 May. Have a listen to Tice’s GIRLS ON BIKES playlist, read more about the book, and keep an eye out for another special something next week.

“Nene says it is expensive buying a bike, what for when the English government give you buses; sometimes you can even go with trains. If you want to go to the park, you can run to the park. If you don’t want to run, then you can walk through the alley that takes you down to Lordship Rec, if you walk even more you can go all the way through the grass to the bit where the Moselle needs to be pumped through so that it gets the right kind of water in, instead of the wrong kind of water. Brown. Murky. Some shoes floating. All different types of shoes, brown leather ones and Velcro black and whites. Floating on the water, chucked there by someone who isn’t grateful for what they have. I still want to take the bike, though, so when Cemile offers to ride with me perched on the back, I’m gone as soon as Anne lets me.

Us kids in twos going


of wind.

biking like whistles

My fingers pinching in her belly.

Go a bit slower when there’s people in the way!
Cemile? Cemile! Dirty pavement cracking at the wheels.
Bits more wind and bits more wobble.

Pavement starts to blend into grass. She’s leading us with a map in her head, past a small hedge that looks forest-ready through Lordship Rec.
dodging benches in bushes like old cars,

towards Farm.

Moselle water sounds in my head.
If you listen close, the water sounds friendly as steel pans around here.”

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Free UK shipping this weekend!

To celebrate the May bank holiday and International Workers Day, we’re offering free UK delivery on all orders this weekend! Just enter the promo code below at checkout and you won’t need to pay for postage.


Grab yourself a new read for May, or why not take the opportunity to send a book you love to a pal you haven’t seen in a while?

This is something we’ve never tried before, and we’d love to be able to make it a semi-regular event if it seems there is enough interest!

The promo code will remain valid until midnight on Monday 2 May, and subscriptions and sale items are excluded. We’ll also be offering free shipping on all non-stock orders placed by email, so please get in touch if you don’t see what you’re looking for on the site.

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Playlist: Girls on Bikes / Keeping the House

We’re delighted to share a special Girls on Bikes playlist featuring tracks selected by Tice Cin to accompany her Jhalak Prize shortlisted debut novel, KEEPING THE HOUSE. She says:

“In KEEPING THE HOUSE, backies are just as important as steering the helm when veering through the vastness of Lordship Rec and its surrounds in north London. Enter into a sonic journey of longing and the split choices of young adulthood that imbue one of the core scenes from the novel.”

Us kids in twos
biking like
of wind.
My fingers pinching in her belly.
Go a bit slower when there’s people in the way!
Cemile? Cemile!
Dirty pavement cracking at the wheels.
Bits more wind and bits more wobble.
Pavement starts to blend into grass. She’s leading us
with a map in her head, past a small hedge that looks
forest-ready through Lordship Rec.
dodging benches in bushes like old cars,
towards Farm.
Moselle water sounds in my head.
If you listen close, the water sounds friendly as steel
pans around here.

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We’re looking for a Saturday bookseller

We’re currently looking for a part time bookseller to join our team. Have a read of the details below, and please follow the instructions if you’d like to apply.

Hours per week: Every Saturday, with some flex hours on weekdays and evenings (minimum 8 hours per week)
Location: 70 Lower Clapton Road, E5 0RN (with occasional off-site event work)
Term: 3 months initially, with the potential for extension
Rate of pay: London living wage
Key skills: Friendly and outgoing; Confident multi-tasking; Creative problem-solving; Comfort working independently in busy environment.

Previous bookselling experience is preferred, and a keen knowledge of and interest in contemporary UK publishing is a big bonus. If you’re familiar with Pages of Hackney and what we do, please mention this when you apply. We encourage applications from all backgrounds and communities, and actively encourage applicants whose backgrounds are typically underrepresented in UK books and publishing.

If this sounds like it might be you and you’re interested in applying to join our team, please send a CV and short cover letter to the email address below by midnight on Monday 2 May. Thank you folks!

[email protected]

Note: If you have sent us a CV by email within the last year, we’ll be reviewing these alongside new applications so please only re-submit if your experience or circumstances have changed.

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Jhalak Prize 2022: Keeping the House by Tice Cin

We’re delighted to be partnering with the Jhalak Prize once again to champion an incredible book from this year’s Adult Prize shortlist, Tice Cin’s KEEPING THE HOUSE.

KEEPING THE HOUSE is simply one of the most innovative and exciting works of London fiction in recent memory. Tottenham’s Tice Cin has so warmly and carefully illuminated an underrepresented community in our corner of the capital, and it’s an honour to champion a book that celebrates migration across multiple generations with such vision, hope, and love.

Ollie recommends:

“Such a bold and assured debut. Extraordinary feats of literary synaesthesia deliver the reader to realms of family- and community-making that stretch far beyond postcodes and borders, and in doing so help to rethink what a crime novel can be.

Keeping the House offers an unforgettable portrait of North East London as the 20th Century became the 21st, and with it Tice Cin has established herself as a formidable force in contemporary British fiction.”

Tice Cin’s brilliant (and Jhalak Prize shortlisted!) debut, KEEPING THE HOUSE, is available to order for collection or nationwide delivery.

Keep an eye on our Instagram where we’ll be sharing more about KEEPING THE HOUSE before the final prize winner is announced on 26 May. You can also browse all the shortlisted books for both this year’s Jhalak Prizes both online and in store. Good to luck to Tice and all of the shortlisted authors!