Five Leaves was, in November 2013, the first independent bookshop of any description to open in a city centre this century. Like any good independent, we prioritise customer service – we offer next day supply for most UK books and one or two weeks for most books from the USA. Our stock tends towards radical books, but we make sure that there is enough choice for anyone coming into the shop, regardless of their views.
We have a good general stock which we review frequently to ensure we always have something new for customers. Particular interests we serve include fiction (25% of our stock is fiction in translation), poetry, politics and social history, LGBT, cityscape and landscape, and Black history. We also sell greetings cards, magazines and journals, and literature-related gifts.
We work with dozens of local community groups including trade unions, the Quakers, Nottingham Irish Studies Group, Nottingham Women’s History and various departments at our two local universities. We run an events programme with at least one meeting in the shop every week and a book group meeting every month. Our own mini-Festival, Bread and Roses, attracted 850 people in its first outing. This year the festival included the first Nottingham Radical Bookfair, with twenty other publishers and booksellers taking part.
We are proud to pay our staff the Living Wage.