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Brick Lane Bookshop is proudly independent and was established in 1978.
We’re open everyday and our booksellers are always happy to give recommendations, so if you’re not sure what you’re looking for, please ask. Brick Lane Bookshop grew out of a vibrant local network of innovative activities and ideas that often sparked each other, pushing us into new, unexpected directions.

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Meet our Litalisters

Laura Bates Author

Laura Bates is an activist, writer, speaker and journalist. She is the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, an ever-increasing collection of over 200,000 testimonies of gender inequality. The project raises awareness of sexism, provides a cathartic and empowering space for survivors’ stories to be heard and believed, and uses those stories to create real-world change in partnership with politicians, businesses and organisations from the United Nations to the Council of Europe.

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Louie Stowell Author

I write books about magic, gods and monsters (mostly). I wouldn’t rule out writing about spaceships or murders or spies, either. The only books I promise not to write are ones about people sitting around talking about their feelings. A few of my favourite books as a child were Lord of the Rings, Just William, a space epic called Halo Jones and a book about a vegetarian vampire called Vlad the Drac. I love comics of all kinds and fact books about space and the environment. I used to write fact books, but honestly it’s a lot of work, so I’ve just let the truth slide and I make things up now. You get complaint letters if you say Jupiter has the wrong number of moons in a fact book, which really isn’t fair, because they keep discovering new moons, the cheats. I live in London with my wife, our dog Buffy and a creepy puppet who has no name.

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I make jam, marmalade & chutney, sell it online and deliver it by bike locally.

I volunteer in my local community bookshop (the All Good Bookshop) for half a day a week.

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Dialogue Books is the home to a variety of stories from illuminating voices often excluded from the mainstream and dedicated to sparking the conversation. Our foundations are built upon the idea that through storytelling we can create a more inclusive, nuanced conversation about experiences in our world that come before, after and next.

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