More than just a bookshop, we’re local, radical and eco-friendly!
October Books is a not-for-profit, co-operative, radical neighbourhood bookshop and community hub.
Founded in 1977 in Bevois Valley, we then moved to rented premises at 243 Portswood Road. In November 2018, with the help and support of our community, many of whom invested time, money and physical labour, we moved to our own premises, at 189 Portswood Road.
From there, we trade independently from any political organisation, and seek to promote a fair and equal society.
Our workers and volunteers are from many different backgrounds, and they bring diversity to the shop, so everyone feels at home in October Books.
Our book stock includes new releases, best sellers, general popular fiction, non-fiction and children’s books, alongside our broad range of specialised radical books and magazines.
Our specialty areas are social issues, feminism, gender studies, humanities and political issues.
We also stick a wide range of organic and fair-trade foods and green toiletries and household items.
We have selected our suppliers, carefully, to match both our and our customers values. All of our products are vegetarian, and many are vegan.
We are proud to stock: