Topping and Company, Edinburgh

Contact:

2 Blenheim Place
Edinburgh
EH7 5JH
Telephone: 0131 546 4202
Website: www.toppingbooks.co.uk
Twitter: @ToppingsEdin
Facebook: @ToppingsEdin

It was with great pleasure that I was able to visit Topping and Co in Edinburgh not long before the first lockdown as part of a little jaunt I had to look at some bookshops in my old home town.

Topping is set up in an old bank just up from where my Gran used to live (Typewronger is at the bottom of the block they actually lived in) and I remember that area with some fondness.

The ground floor of the building has a wonderful central display case of signed and valuable books and I spent quite a while just lusting over several editions and it took quite a bit of will power to leave these and venture upstairs.

It was well worth it, the first floor is full of little rooms (the old offices) crammed with books floor to ceiling and sitting places, coffee station and very attentive staff.

I spent a good hour just exploring these rooms and left with a couple of books of poetry and some cards.

Looking forward to visiting again, hopefully soon.


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Lighthouse Radical Bookshop, Edinburgh

Contact:

43-45 W Nicolson Street
Newington
Edinburgh
EH8 9DB
Telephone: 0131 662 9112
Website: https://lighthousebookshop.com/
Twitter: @lighthousebks
Instagram: @lighthousebks
Facebook: @LighthouseBks

Another of my favourite Edinburgh bookshops, I do try to pop in as often as I can whenever I get up to visit.

I’ve always felt that Word Power Books and then Lighthouse Books carried on the important traditions of Lavender Menace and a large metropolitan city such as Edinburgh should have radical bookshops, to both educate and challenge.

You’re always sure of a couple of things, great service and a pile of interesting books, I especially love the changing collection of zines.

Now more than ever, with the rise of popularism and the right, shops such as Lighthouse Bookshop need our support to help keep up the fight.


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Golden Hare Books, Edinburgh

Contact:

68 St Stephen St
Stockbridge
Edinburgh
EH3 5AQ
Telephone: 0131 225 7755
Website: https://goldenharebooks.com/
Twitter: @GoldenHareBooks
Instagram: @goldenharebooks
Facebook: @GoldenHareBooks

I’ve family that live on St Stephen Street, so it was brilliant when an independent bookshop opened there, and it’s been wonderful watching it develop over the years.

Just down from the centre of Edinburgh in the bustling Stockbridge area, Golden Hare Books has three beautifully decorated rooms full of wonderfully curated books across a large range of genres, but I really notice the independent publishers that they champion.

I have forgiven them for introducing me to Charco Press

Always a great welcome and perfect service and this also comes across in their social media which is well worth a follow.

Looking forward to visiting when I get back up to Edinburgh in June (2021).


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