Independent Bookshop Review: Housmans

19 July 2010

Radically Different: Housmans is a lynchpin in London's radical community. Historically important, it was founded in 1945 by Laurence Housman, the founder of The Men's League for Women's Suffrage, a relation of AE Housman and a prolific writer in his own right...

 

Originally located on Shaftesbury Avenue, Housmans has now found a home on Caledonian Road, just near King's Cross. The bookshop fulfils its specialism well; it holds a selection of leftie journals and books by radical philosophers and thinkers, from Marx to Zizek and Wollstonecraft to Kant. There is a wide range of London writing, featuring books from large and small printing presses as well as sections on Anarchism, Black Interest and Gender Politics. A bargain basement contains an esoteric selection of £1 books and the bookshop's events take London as a focus to explore political and social movements.

Housmans is non-sectarian and supports all radical communities. Its website is a reflection of this, fostering links with minority groups and providing a unifying online community. Its staff, many of them volunteers, are passionate and knowledgeable. More than just a radical forum, Housmans offers plenty of material for a jolly good read.

Housmans Books 
5 Caledonian Road
King's Cross ,
London N1 9DX,
UK

Visit the Housmans website