By Ross Bradshaw
Radical bookselling in Britain has a long history.
The second hand labour history book dealer Left on the Shelf has an incomplete listing of radical bookshops on its website, together with a listing of mentions of such shops in fiction and in non-fiction. Dave Cope — who runs Left on the Shelf — and I are trying now to make the listing as complete as possible. We would be grateful for any corrections and omissions.
I’m currently working on a booklet about radical bookshops that is less list-based and will cover bookshops from Marxist, libertarian and other traditions, as well as feminist, peace and other issue based radical shops. I’d be pleased to hear from anybody who has worked in radical bookselling, or customers who have interesting stories to tell.
I can be contacted at email@example.com or at Five Leaves Publications, PO Box 8786, Nottingham NG1 9AW.