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The house of books

We are an independent chain of bookshops, run by a friendly and knowledgeable team who are more than happy to help with all your
book-related needs.

All of our books are carefully  handpicked. You will find the latest bestsellers and must-reads alongside high-quality remaindered books at excellent prices. We are also particularly proud of our ever-growing range of books for younger readers.

Come in to browse through our fantastic offers or just to say hello – we cannot wait to welcome you.

Recent News

International Booker Prize Winner 2021

Pushkin Press, £8.99

We are celebrating with the author David Diop and the translator Anna Moschovakis. 

The novel about a Senegalese Man who fought for France on the Western Front during the First World War is a chilling and hypnotic read. The protagonist’s journey, Alfa Ndiaye, through his life and war is intense, and connected to his best friend, “his-more-than-brother”, Mademba, who makes everything kind of bearable. But one day he is mortally wounded, and without him Alfa is alone amidst the savagery of the trenches. He feels lost, far from home, far from all he knows. His way out of the sadness and fear is to commit to this war with an intensity that soon begins to scare even his own comrades in arms.

Diop presents a world in which we can’t make out the line between courage and madness, murder and warfare. Alfa’s final transformation he is going through to deal with his lost and war experiences is unexpected and poetic, and heart-breaking at times. 

Get your copy now in any of our shops.

Blind Date with a book

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“Blind Date with a Book” is a hand wrapped book, carefully curated from a wide range of popular genres that is tagged with intriguing clues alluding to the book inside. This curated collection includes everything from mystery, romance, classics, horror, adventure, science fiction to young adult.

Our ever growing selection of Blind Dates is available at all of our shops for £7.

Don’t miss the chance for a date of your dreams!

Chiltern Publishing at The House Of Books

Chiltern Publishing was formed in 2018. Their vision: to create the most beautiful classics, inspired by Jane Austen’s original books. Their goal: using a perfect mix of tradition and the very latest in printing techniques. The size and format of the Chiltern Editions are the original format of Jane Austen books. The publishers themselves are saying:

“With wonderfully detailed covers, sparkling guilt edges, creamy pages and stitched binding they are the most beautiful classics ever published.”

All 24 Chiltern Classics and their notebooks are available in our shops.

 

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