More than just a bookshop: we’re local, radical and eco-friendly!

October Books is Southampton’s premier independent bookshop.

Owned by customers and staff, and worker controlled, you can find us in the heart of Portswood’s independent high street. From here, we supply local residents and students with the latest releases and classics, ethical, fair trade and organic foods, green cleaning products and toiletries, and our popular range of quirky, beautiful and thought provoking greetings cards.



From Art to Philosophy, Biography to Travel, Cooking to Welfare and the latest best selling fiction too, we’ve a book for everyone.

Our Children’s Area is a great place for little ones and young people to browse shelves at their own height. We aim to stock books to get them thinking about the world, and everyone in it, from a young age.

We also stock a varied selection of books by local authors and on local matters, as well as covering global politics and the issues of the day.

Finally, we we can order any book in print.

Grocery shopping

Our range of green toiletries, foods and cleaning products includes:

Shampoo, conditioner, shower gel. Toothpaste, bamboo toothbrushes and naked soaps. Deodorant, body lotion and sanitary products.

Rice, pasta, tinned tomatoes and puree. Lentils and chickpeas, soy sauce and lime juice. Vegetarian Worcestershire sauce, fruit spreads, jams and purees. Sweet and savoury snacks. Gluten and Dairy Free products.

Washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets and pot scrapers. Floor, glass and surface cleaners.

All our products are vegetarian, many are vegan, and are all produced and supplied by ethical businesses.


We run and host a vibrant programme of events in both the shop and our multi-purpose Community Space.

Our own events include book talks, launches and signings, as well as those showcasing local makers, sharers and our partners.