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ziggurat
14-11-2004, 01:01 PM
What's the best place in London to buy experimental fiction and/or books on art and music theory, etc.? I'm thinking of something like St Mark's Bookshop in New York (maybe I'm being too optimistic?).

Thanks in advance!

luka
14-11-2004, 04:04 PM
london is not known for it's bookshops. there is only one alternative bookshop in the whole city. its called compendium books and it closed years ago. forbidden planet used to have a reasonably interesting selection, but no longer. charing cross road has a variety of specialist bookshop and the gargantuan Foyles where oliver craner works, but nothing that really hits the spot.

Melmoth
14-11-2004, 04:15 PM
couldn't agree more with luka here. For a city the size of London the state of the bookshops is a disgrace.
The LRB bookshop in Bury place is good, though maybe not specifically for the areas you are interested in.

mms
14-11-2004, 05:36 PM
hmm there are a few second hand places tucked away, stoke newington is suprisingly good

also here
http://www.skoob.com/ for academic/experimental stuff

try here as well online

http://www.bookfinder.com/

ziggurat
14-11-2004, 06:42 PM
Thanks, everyone!

luka
14-11-2004, 07:06 PM
i guess the ICA, Tate Britain, Tate Modern and Whitechapel gallery all have good bookshops too, to be fair.

glueboot
14-11-2004, 08:24 PM
Judd Two books on Marchmont (sp?) street is also pretty good. It's round the corner from Skoob.

simon silverdollar
14-11-2004, 09:29 PM
yeah, judd two is wicked. i often go there in my lunch hour. it is [or can be] cheap as chips as well.

i bought a postcard of a silage tower for 20p there once. it's actually a really beautiful image...


anyway...

mind_philip
15-11-2004, 03:50 PM
I take it everyone knows about abebooks (http://abebooks.co.uk) ?

reposed
15-11-2004, 08:52 PM
i'll second church st stoke newington. but get in quick because the rent has tripled in that area recently. the latest casualty is totem records. you may still be able to get some bargains there before it closes up for good - follow the flocks of dealers like vultures.

back on topic: just off old street, above the foundry..
Bookartbookshop 17 Pitfield St. London N1 6HB
more artists books and editions than theory, and very very small, but a treat and worth mentioning.

these two popped up in my websearch for bookartbookshop:
Index Books Peter Gidal 28 1/2 Lansdown Crescent London W11 2NS
William English 48 Galway House Radnor St. London EC1V 3SL
do they mean anything to anyone?

Rambler
23-11-2004, 09:52 AM
The only place you can get Polish books in London is way out in Shepherds Bush (IIRC), so more of that, central, would be nice. Kind of a niche market though.

A bookshop near Senate House that stocked all the books that I go in there to read but that are permanently out on loan to undergrads - that would be really nice.

xero
27-11-2004, 01:26 PM
late call but anarchist bookfair is on til 6 today Univ.London Union, Malet St - all the more important to know with the dearth of good bookshops

craner
14-05-2008, 01:18 PM
http://www.thebookseller.com/news/58552-foyles-and-ccv-pick-up-nibbies.htmlhttp://www.thebookseller.com/news/58552-foyles-and-ccv-pick-up-nibbies.html

mms
14-05-2008, 07:00 PM
The only place you can get Polish books in London is way out in Shepherds Bush (IIRC), so more of that, central, would be nice. Kind of a niche market though.

A bookshop near Senate House that stocked all the books that I go in there to read but that are permanently out on loan to undergrads - that would be really nice.

ther is a second hand shop in finsbury park that sells polish books etc, it was a charity shop thats become something of a polish swap shop

Karl Kraft
21-05-2008, 01:34 PM
Skoob books under the Brunswick centre is very good, I'd walked past this for years without noticing it:
http://www.skoob.com/

Found a copy of 'Club Cultures: Music, Media, and Subcultural Capital'
http://www.upne.com/0-8195-5291-7.html
on my first visit there for 8quid, yay!