Gay's the Word Bookshop
'It's not just a bookshop, but the hub and affirmation of a whole community' - Sarah Waters show less
120 Clapham High Street, Clapham, London SW4 7UH
“We are an independent bookshop on Clapham High Street. We offer a great hand-picked selection of titles including fiction, children's and art books. Whatever we don't have in the shop we can normally order within 24 hours. We also host children's...” more...
6 reviews of Gay's the Word Bookshop in English
What a great shop! What a great Street!
Just about everything wonderful from the
past in one street .... Love it!
Jim was on the desk when I went in & he
was so helpful : looking stuff up on the Net,
suggesting publishers for my unpublished
novel - one I inherited - needs to get to press;
I will definitely go back.
As another reviewer has posted, there’s rumours that this shop might close. Well, I asked a member of staff, and the good news is that right now it’s safe, as a new lease has just been signed. However, as with all small shops, it needs people to keep supporting it.
So, what do you get? Of course it’s mainly books which are lesbian and gay related. It actually sells both first hand and second hand books. They also have a nice range of cards and postcards (many of which will appeal to people who aren’t gay by the way), and have a notice board full of varied suggestions for events, clubs, courses etc. The atmosphere is friendly and comfortable.
I love this book shop. It has the feel of a nice old book shop, the only difference is that all the books are gay or deal with gay themes. Unlike so many gay book shops, it doesn't have a sordid feel to it and provides a very comfortable environment to find fiction or non-fiction books regarding gay themes and issues, especially for people who may feel uncomfortable looking for these in more main stream book shops. I heard a nasty rumour some time ago that this shop was going to close down. I haven't been there in a few months and am really hoping that this isn't true. If it closed, it would be the end of an era and a very sad day for the gay community in London!
Comment 1 comment on this review
moonrising, 10 November 2007: Hope you are wrong! Not been for ages: really must go and support this shop!
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