Is this the end of the story?

We have to report that it now looks as if our plan to create “Northcote Book Place”, bringing library, bookshop and a café together to make one terrific destination for the community between the commons, is unlikely to happen. But we would be glad to hear from anyone who can see a way forward, and would like to meet. Contact… Read more →

February Update: Further Delay

Further delay: this month, the council’s Community Service Overview and Scrutiny Committee was set to discuss the conclusions of the feasibility study looking at the possibiilty of demolishing and developing Northcote Library and building a new site opposite, to include the libary, bookshop, cafe and community hall. However it has apparently been postponed to June! Very frustrating. However, we have had… Read more →

News and update on 21st September 2015: A message for our supporters

Dear Northcote Books supporters, Wheels are moving! This month we will be meeting with the Council to discuss their feasibility study and agree requirements with the appointed architect. As you may remember, Wandsworth Council is exploring the idea of demolishing and redeveloping the current Northcote Library and building a new library and community building opposite in its place. Then the… Read more →

What does reading do for us?

Why are we trying to start a bookshop? Partly, it is because reading makes us nicer people!  Recent scientific research in the journal, Science, on the brain’s response to reading literary fiction found that reading is not just an escape, it is more of a rehearsal. It improves empathy, enhancing the ability to detect and understand other people’s emotions, a… Read more →

What’s a book worth?

Author Matthew Lyons has launched a campaign that aims to encourage discussion about the emotional worth of books. What’s a Book Worth? is asking readers to film themselves talking about a book that means a lot to them and share those thoughts on 28th September 2015, using the hashtag #WhatsABookWorth, the title of the book and its cover price. It… Read more →

What is going on?

A year ago, in July 2015 We had our share issue, business plan, financials, building plans, registration and trademark all ready to go and were hoping to complete negotiations on our lease. Then: bombshell  Wandsworth Council announced they might redevelop the site of the current Northcote Library and build a new one opposite. Since then we have explored a number of… Read more →

Reading is good for you!

People who read regularly for pleasure have greater levels of self-esteem, are less stressed, and can cope better with difficult situations than lapsed or non-readers, new research for Galaxy Quick Reads has found. While the research, carried out by Dr Josie Billington at the University of Liverpool, found that 58% of people read regularly, it found that 16m adults in… Read more →

Have you heard?

In July 2014, the Council made a new and unexpected proposal. Wheels move slowly over there, but we should hear by the end of February whether their plans are likely to go ahead. Then we have to decide the best way forward for the bookshop! See the council’s recent posting on NappyValleyNet. Read more →

See our plans on 6th July

In the last few weeks we have had fruitful discussions with GLL who run the library about the nuts and bolts of Northcote Books. The local councillors are next. We are submitting proposals and drawings for Northcote Bookplace. Find out what that is, at the Northcote Road Summer Fete which is on Sunday 6th July. Our stall will be outside… Read more →