Bookshop of the month: November

Books in nine languages? Check.

Travel books? Check.

Cookery books? Check.

Illustrated porn? Erm, check.

This month’s bookshop, Hedengrens Bokhandel, takes a very Swedish approach to bookselling. They have to choose stock carefully to appeal to the tastes of their multi-lingual, liberal-minded customers. Like other retailers, Christmas is an important time for Hedegrens, but as the festive season approaches, they won’t be bringing in lots of extra merchandise or festooning the shop with baubles and bows. That’s just not the Swedish way of doing things.

Read more about their approach to bookselling here. 

Bookshop of the month: June

Het Fort van Sjakoo, in central Amsterdam, is named after a Dutch Robin Hood-type figure. Sjakoo famously escaped from prison and fled with his gang of thieves to a heavily fortified hide-out in central Amsterdam. The collective that runs the bookshop today have built their own anti-establishment fortress, providing a refuge for people interested in  anything that goes against the mainstream.

You can read more about their extraordinary story in this month’s bookshop profile. 

Bookshop of the Month: September

We’re excited to introduce a new feature at bookscombined.com, profiling the brightest and best of our region’s independent bookshops. September’s bookshop of the month is London’s pioneering Gay’s the Word, the UK’s first dedicated lesbian and gay bookshop.

Click here to read more about their unique story.