Ealing might not be the first place that springs to mind as being a haven for book lovers in London, but we think that makes it even more special, it’s a secret haven for book lovers in London. If you’re in the borough, and you love books then we’re dedicating this post to you, because it’s all about getting your literary fix.
Pitshanger Book Shop
The Pitshanger Bookshop is a gorgeous independent shop in Pitshanger Lane (and you know how we feel about Pitshanger Lane!) It’s incredibly popular with locals, and owner Fiona Kennedy is friendly, knowledgeable, and always happy to make recommendations depending on your reading tastes.
Ealing Walking Book Club
Ealing Walking Book Club (EWBC) is a group who do exactly what you might expect, they meet for a walk around Pitshanger Park and chat about the chosen book of the month. It’s a really great way to meet new people and share your love of books! They discuss all kinds of books catering to all sorts of tastes, and you can visit their website to see a full list of all books they’ve read since they started in 2013, and information about when they meet.
Cuts in local funding saw library closures across Ealing, in a bid by councils to save money. Pitshanger Library and four others have now all been confirmed as community managed libraries. Volunteers will man the day-to-day running of the library as well as organising community events. Excellent news for book lovers. You can read the full story here.
We all love a good book at Northfields! If you’d like some book recommendations, then pull out your notebook and jot down some of the titles recommended by our team.
Rebecca Mitchison, Sales Administrator – Currently reading The Bones Of You by Debbie Howells – preferably in the bath!
Beth Waring, Head of Lettings – I’m in a book group and so am often found frantically trying to finish a book in time for our meetings so could be reading anywhere! We usually meet at someone’s house or in the pub so that’s the best bit! My favourite book we read recently is ‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ by Gail Honeyman. Although I also enjoyed ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ by Liane Moriaty. I received ‘The Body’ by Bill Bryson for Christmas so am looking forward to reading that over the next few weeks.
Beth Gregory, Head of Marketing – Once in a while I like to lose myself in a good book at Artisan Café in Ealing Broadway with a pot of tea and one of their amazing chocolate fudge brownies. One of the best books I’ve read in ages is Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller. Really well written, completely gripping and with a shocking twist.
Victoria Morley, Tenancy Administrator – Victoria has lots of recommendations including: Silence of Bonatventure Arrow by Rita Leganski, Whisper Man by Alex North, Mometo Mori by Muriel Spark, The Straw Men & The Lonely Dead by Michael Marshall
Heather Davis, Sales Negotiator – The best place to read is curled up in my armchair in my living room by the window. A good book I recently was ‘This is going to hurt’ by Adam Kay – it’s about a junior doctor who wrote down about all the good and incredibly bad things that happen in a hospital, specifically in the maternity ward. It’s a real eye-opener and has some of the loveliest and saddest real-life stories.
Roseanne Goraham, Senior Property Manager – My Favourite place to read is tucked up in a corner on the sofa. The recommended book would be Five Feet Apart by Rachel Lippincott – an easy read for teenagers but great to raise awareness of Cystic Fibrosis which my niece suffers from.
Where do you like to read in the borough? Do you have any recommendations for us? Please let us know via our Facebook page!