Nottingham’s independent bookshop; filled with political literature, classics, new releases focusing on books from independent presses from around the world.
Stepping into Five Leaves feels electric: multi-coloured fairy lights adorn bookshelves, Che Guevara quotes are pressed onto windows and radical authors fill up this unassuming bookshop nestling in Long Row. It’s a bookshop that really celebrates difference, and it will make you incredibly excited to have found it for the first time, let’s take a look inside.
Location: Nottingham, City Centre
Specialism: Five Leaves’ staff do a great job creating alcoves to fit every booklovers tastes including historical non-fiction, political literature, poetry, translated fiction and a bookcase dedicated to feminist authors. A particular highlight is that Five Leaves publish their own books from local authors, books that you can only pick up through them. Their backlist includes social history, literature and political texts.
Any added extras?: Five Leaves Bookshop is popular for its regular author events, book clubs and discussion groups and readings – there are often free too! Check out upcoming events here.
Five Leaves prides itself on its support of breaking boundaries in publishing and started the Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing and the subsequent Little Rebels prize for books for children.
The best bit: The feminist section was ON FIRE and the section on non-fiction political texts is one of Five Leaves biggest strengths. I wanted all of adichie’s books and this fabulous A-Z (alas being unemployed isn’t great when you’re a book-hoarder):
Nearby things to do: Nottingham has been my home for five years in that time I’ve had a lot of fun. There’s countless things to do in the city centre alone: read your new book at the cutest afternoon tea rooms you’ll ever come across – White Rabbit, take part in a workshop or watch films from across the world and back in time at the best cinema you’ll ever go to – Broadway – the prices here are also a complete bargain at £4.50 if you’re a student, visit the beautiful Bromley House Library, go to another bookshop this time comic book and graphic novel specialists Page 45 or visit Batman at beautiful manor and parklands Wollaton Hall just outside of the centre.
I love this bookshop, it’s one of Nottingham’s many hidden gems if you’re in town I recommend you grab a seat and feast on the carefully curated collection of books you’ll find behind it’s doors.