Brick Lane Bookshop is an independent bookshop in Tower Hamlets, London, established in 1978.

We are open every day 10am – 6pm.

You can shop online or in person. If you can’t find the book you’re looking for, please get in touch – we can order most books published in the UK by the following working day.

As a thank you to our loyal local customers, we’re offering free delivery to Tower Hamlets residents for orders over £15.

We hope to see you soon!

The Brick Lane Bookshop Short Story Prize

The Short Story Prize was launched in 2019 and our aim is to celebrate short stories, to give new writers the chance to be published, encouragement and some financial assistance to write.

Each year we publish an anthology of the twelve longlisted stories. We’re looking for new, exciting, and diverse voices.

Find out more about the 2022 Short Story Prize here.

Buy a copy of the 2021 edition here.

You can still get a copy of the 2020 anthology here.

August Bestsellers

The BLB Podcast

The BLB Podcast is a new project from Brick Lane Bookshop where we interrogate the short story form. We talk about why we love short stories, the writing process and how to get published.

Guests so far: Isha Karki, Aoife Inman, Jarred McGinnis, Jem Calder, Wendy Erskine, Leon Craig, Niamh Mulvey, Huma Qureshi & Ben Pester. Next up is Vanessa Onwuemezi.

Listen here, or on your preferred podcast app:


05/10/22, 7pm
Tenement Press presents MUEUM
Join us at the bookshop for an evening of readings to mark the publication of SJ Fowler’s debut novella, MUEUM (Tenement Press #4)

MUEUM—a debut novella from SJ Fowler—compounds his poetry into a curt, crystalline and clear-eyed prose. Stretching the limits of a working week, the novella details the deterioration of a museum from the perspective of an invigilating guard whilst the city beyond the museum’s walls proves subject to an unnameable and unknowable moment of catastrophe.

The event kicks off a broadcast series on Resonance Extra that will serialise the novella in monthly instalments, October through January, and marks the beginning of a season of readings and associated events on and around Fowler’s MUEUM. At the bookshop on October 5th, with introductions from Tenement comrade and collaborator Gareth Evans, we’ll have readings from SJ Fowler, alongside Iain Sinclair, Chris McCabe and Chloe Aridjis.

Tickets and full details can be found here.

13/10/22, 7pm
Julia May Jonas in conversation

Provocative and razor-sharp, Vladimir is a timely debut novel about a beloved English professor facing a slew of accusations against her professor husband by former students – a situation that becomes more complicated when she herself develops an obsession of her own. In this bold, edgy, and uncommonly assured literary debut, Julia May Jonas takes us into charged territory, where the strictures of morality bump up against the impulses of the human heart.

Tickets and full details can be found here.

Strega – Johanne Lykke Holm

To celebrate the publication of Saskia Vogel’s English language translation of Johanne Lykke Holm’s astounding Strega this November, join us in the bookshop where the author will be in conversation with Daisy Hildyard.

Powerfully inventive and atmospheric, Strega is a modern gothic story of nine young women on the cusp of inheriting society’s submission to violence, and the age-long myths that uphold it.

Tickets and full details can be found here.

Gift Cards

Gift cards for our shop can now be bought online – load up any amount you want and have it emailed direct to the recipient.

Can be used to buy books online, and in-store too!

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Poet For Hire

Richard Knight is a poet-for-hire, and can be found on certain weekends set up outside our shop with his typewriter. Pay what you want and have a poem written for you while you browse!

He’ll be back in October – the exact dates will be posted here once they’re confirmed.

Our History

Publishing, theatre, visual arts, writing, film, bookselling, events – our shop grew out of a vibrant local network of innovative activities. Ideas often sparked each other – pushing us into new, unexpected directions…

Explore our rich history, from the 70s all the way to the present, here.