Another great story telling event 6 March

We are privileged to have Jean-Marc Pierson (again) preside over a story telling event in our bookshop. The event takes place on Sunday 6 March between 4pm and 6pm, and as before tea and biscuits will be served up. So for a thought-provoking experience that doesn’t destroy your wallet (entrance is free, but we do ask for donations if you appreciate the event) please come along to the Community Bookshop at 92 Willesden Lane, Kilburn NW6 7TA.

Here is Jean-Marc’s description of the forthcoming story telling:


  • To speak about the human condition, Freud told the story of hedgehogs living in the cold. They tried to huddle together to keep warm, but then they hurt one another with their quills. So they kept distant so as not to get hurt, but they felt cold….

    I have a few stories about the difficulties and the wonders of being people, loving and hurting one another….
    You’re welcome to attend with a story to tell, or a poem, or anything that can be listened to. You can also very welcome if you wish to listen only.

    Story telling is a social art. With a theme and a few stories, we will also have great and meaningful conversation.

    Tea and biscuits will be served.

    Voluntary donations are welcome.

    Meetup Link


Tea, Cakes and Stories of Love! 14 February



The North London Traditional Storytelling Circle’s special Valentine’s Day tea party


Sunday, 14th February 2016 4 – 6 pm


We are pivileged to host The North London Traditional Storytelling Circle’s special Valentine’s Day tea party. Please bring your myths, fairy tales and folk stories of romantic, brotherly, parental or any other kind of love.

Tea and biscuits will be provided (cake will incur a charge)  and we ask as usual for a donation to cover costs.

Space is limited please RSVP to

The Community Bookshop (Here!)

92 Willesden Lane, Kilburn NW6 7TA


Escape the stresses of modern life with Sunday Storytelling!


Life too much of a slog?

If you’re tired of the constant day-to-day struggle, then you need a form of escape.




This Sunday 31st January we see the premiere of Sunday Story Telling at the bookshop…




Philo story café

Sunday, 31st January 2016    4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Free (optional donation)

Abundance and misery

Is abundance something we can attract just by the quality of our thoughts?

Is misery necessarily the result of a “bad karma” or of flaws in our character?

Do we live in an essentially unjust world in which chance or bad luck happens independently of whether we deserve it or not?

How do we cope with uncertainty? I will tell more or less the stories and the discussions will be less about our relationship with money than with fate and fortune…. Everyone is welcome to tell a story, whether it’s a traditional one or a real life anecdote…. or to come and simply listen and socialise. This is the first Philo Story Café in a wonderfully quirky second hand bookshop that’s worth a visit at all times! We will be served tea or coffee with biscuits.

Please contact Jean-Marc for further questions by email

A musical night 10 December

On December 10 we were privileged to have the instructors from London guitar academy (based in Queens Park) drop in and perform an acoustic session as a solidarity measure with our bookstore. The music (most of it excellent) included some singer songwriters and some instrumental pieces.  We thought the event was fantastic, and (more importantly) so did those readers who attended. We are hoping there may be more accoustic drop-ins to come in the New Year, but in the meantime we want to express our utmost gratitude to the performers from the guitar academy who made it happen.


Sensible Saturday

Many independent shops are hosting an event known as #SensibleSaturday on November 28.

We will be joining them, so come along to our book and giftstore on 92 Willesden Lane, Kilburn (NW6 7TA) to support a local business and to socialise with others who support local bookshops.

Festive Friday and Sensible Saturday – 27-28 November (sample sherry and mince pies)
Sensible Saturday = The antidote to Black Friday
– 10% off all books
– 20% off selected book bags and posters.

As well as books we sell coffee and teas, and great gift ideas such as mugs, posters, book bags, iPhone cases and greetings cards.
We humbly ask our supporters to come along this weekend and have an alternative shopping experience. Help us to remain an asset to Willesden Lane and to Kilburn.


How to earn money from selling your second hand books.

We sell quality books like these
We sell quality books like these

You’ve decided to get rid of most of your books, because perhaps you need the space, or are going over to the Kindle, or you’re moving house. But you discover with a shudder that the books you bought for £10 or £15 are now only selling for 1 pence on Amazon (read here to see how that works).
What can you do?

There are ways to recoup some of your money. In most cases however it will involve time, and obviously you won’t recoup most of your original outlay. If you feel that your time is better occupied, then it can be a good idea to just donate the books to a second shop such as ourselves, OffSide Books, 92 Willesden Lane, Kilburn (or a charity shop) so at least others will get the chance to read those books.

Even so, if you’re determined to sell your books, look again at the Amazon second-hand listings. If the traders offering a book for one penny are based in the US then you have a chance. You should sign up as a marketplace operator, and advertise your book, paying particular attention to stressing that you are UK based and will deliver promptly. People use Amazon for convenience, and if they see a book that costs 1 pence (plus postage) but will take 4 weeks to arrive, against another copy that costs £3.90 but will arrive in a couple of days, then they may well go for the quicker option.
Bear in mind though that listing a book does not guarantee a sale – you may have to wait months or years for a sale on a particular book. Take a look at this advice from LifeHacker on selling your stuff on Amazon. Look also at Abebooks (also owned by Amazon) to get an idea of what price you can offer your books.


Ebay is another way of selling second hand books. This works well when you have a batch of related books. For instance if you have 7 history books, or perhaps a group of novels by a certain author (someone like Philip Kerr or Zadie Smith would probably sell well; not so sure about Dan Brown or James Patterson as their books can be found in most charity shops). Do your research – you may find that science fiction or another genre sells better than the run-of-the-mill crime series.

One other option is to sell at a car boot sale. This is probably the most difficult option – you will have to offer bargain prices for many of your books, perhaps 3 books for a pound, and you will do well to cover the cost of attending the sale. But it does give an opportunity to sell other items at the same time.

All of the above options assume that your books are not of the potentially valuable first edition or antiquarian version. Read this to understand why Ebay could be the worst place to sell those books.  For these you would need to speak to specialists – either in person, or by sending an email with pictures and details of the books concerned. Note that many secondhand bookshops are not in this category (we are not). Try looking at the Antiquarian Booksellers’ site to locate these specialists

Good luck – and a reminder that if it’s all too much effort to recoup money for your books, we accept donations at our Kilburn bookshop! 🙂

We are open!

We are pleased to announce that we are now open, selling Old and New Quality Books. Most books are priced at £1.90 each (we also offer in most cases 3 books for £5 ), and there are also some individually priced books – some are a little more expensive, but we also display a selection of £1 books.
We are located on 92 Willesden Lane, Kilburn, London NW6 7TA
Current opening hours are 9.30 am to 6.30pm daily (on Sunday we open 11am to 4pm). We look forward to meeting old and new customers.



Imagine a bookshop where ALL books, paperback or hardback editions, cost £1.90 each.  

Where NEW books as well as remaindered and second-hand books cost just £1.90  

Where, for an introductory period, you need only pay £4 for 3 books…  


We intend to have a low-key opening from Tuesday 23 December…
Our shop is located at 92 Willesden Lane, Kilburn NW6 7TA


Books shown are just a few examples of the quality of book we intend to stock. Shelves will be replenished regularly so if you’re into a particular genre or author tell us, and we’ll try our best to stock up!