A Bookshop of One’s Own

A Bookshop of One’s Own: How a Group of Women Set out to Change the World

Biography & Memoir, Literary Biography & Memoir
Hardback Published on: 29/02/2024
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A Bookshop of One’s Own
A Love Song to Bookshops and Booksellers
As a 19 year old girl starting out in Bookselling in the late 90s, Silver Moon was a hugely influential and important Bookshop to me. It was from this shop... READ MORE
Jo at Greenwich


The captivating true story of an underdog business – a feminist bookshop founded in Thatcher’s Britain – from a woman at the heart of the women’s liberation movement. What was it like to start a feminist bookshop, in an industry dominated by men? How could a lesbian thrive in Thatcher’s time, with the government legislating to restrict her rights? How do you run a business when your real aim is to change the world? Silver Moon was the dream of three women – a bookshop with the mission to promote the work of female writers and create a much-needed safe space for any woman. Founded in 1980s London against a backdrop of homophobia and misogyny, it was a testament to the power of community, growing into Europe’s biggest women’s bookshop and hosting a constellation of literary stars from Margaret Atwood and Maya Angelou to Angela Carter. While contending with day-to-day struggles common to other booksellers, plus the additional burdens of misogyny and the occasional hate crime, Jane Cholmeley and her booksellers created a thriving business. But they also played a crucial and relatively unsung part in one the biggest social movements of our time. A Bookshop of One’s Own is a fascinating slice of social history from the heart of the women’s liberation movement, from a true feminist and lesbian icon. Written with heart and humour, it reveals the struggle and joy that comes with starting an underdog business, while being a celebration of the power women have to change the narrative when they are the ones holding the pen.

  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • ISBN: 9780008651046
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Weight: 460g
  • Dimensions: 222 x 141 x 36 mm

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A Bookshop of One’s Own
Wonderful Book
Beautifully written book about setting up a feminist bookshop in Charing Cross road in London. But it’s much more than that . A great record of the 80s bey... READ MORE
Kythe Beaumont