In praise of a very Brixton bookshop

Written by on March 30, 2013 in Books, Features, Opinions - No comments

Our Features Editor Luke Massey gushes unrestrained about just why Bookmongers on Coldharbour Lane is so totally awesome (opinions may be Luke’s)…

Browsing in Bookmongers Credit: Antonio Sansica -

Browsing in Bookmongers
Credit: Antonio Sansica –

Bookmongers has everything a second-hand bookshop should have: an ordered chaos of sprawling literature – with everything from history and philosophy to travel writing and poetry laying claim to their own little fiefdoms.

But it’s more than this that makes Bookmongers special – it’s the ambience: the dulcet notes of folk, blues or Americana on the stereo; people talking with Patrick the owner about Brixton goings-on or asking for book recommendations; children petting Rosa – the resident dog and Madame of the establishment – and then pining to return when dragged away by their parents.

It’s finding a book I didn’t even know I wanted and excitedly leafing through it, while in the background Patrick sings in a half-hush with the music and Rosa stares thoughtfully out of the window from her perch.

It’s a bookshop which, to me, is a beautiful reflection of Brixton. The diversity of the customers and their interests, the personal and homelike atmosphere, and the divinely unordered collection, form a wonderful microcosm of the vibrant patchwork of our community. To me, Bookmongers is the bookshop of our community.

About the Author

Luke is Deputy Editor of Brixton Blog. You can also read him over at Huffington Post and follow him on Twitter: @Luke_Mas

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