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Closed for a short while.
We hope to be back soon.

Invest in our future together

Customers have asked if they can support us during the lockdown of the shop and postal service by buying vouchers to spend as soon as we’re up and running again.

The short answer is YES! If you’d like to buy a book voucher from us, just email us at with ‘voucher’ in the subject line and the minute we can post to you again, or, blessed thought, open the shop again, you’ll be free to spend, spend, spend.

This is a hugely generous gesture as well as a mark of faith in our shop and one that means the world, so, even if you just squirrel a fiver away to spend with us at a future date, we will appreciate it enormously and we will not forget

See you when this is all but a memory,

Stay safe, love, the West End Lane Books Team

Link - Posted on 30th March 2020

Picture books for you & your child to enjoy

As a mother whose children have now grown up, I can still recall the utter tedium of reading aloud to them books they’d been given and liked, but which I very much disliked for one reason or another.

So, I make it my mission to recommend picture books that I really enjoy reading and children, whether my own, years ago, or visitors at Storytime here (remember those, pre Lockdown, sigh?) also get a buzz out of. Here’s a mere selection of the very fine books on offer, all beautifully imagined and exquisitely illustrated.

while the shop is closed, you can order via & have safely delivered to your home…or that of a tiny friend if birthdays etc on the horizon:

Wow Said The Owl, Tim Hopgood.

Adorable guide to colours for the very young & story of a little owl who stays awake to see daytime colours for the first time. Yet to meet a toddler who didn’t enjoy joining in with ‘Wow!’ refrain!

Mr Brown’s Bad Day, Lou Peacock/Alison Friend

Mr Brown is a very busy tiger business man who, in the course of a very hectic day, loses his briefcase & has to ask lots of animals to help him find it. But what can possibly be inside a tiger’s briefcase? You’d be *very surprised*


Weasels, Elys Dolan

A perennial favourite here: madcap adventure as a bunch of weasels invent machine to help them take over the world. Only problem is that it’s not working. The reason why? Wait and see. It’s a corker. Delightfully bonkers with loads to look at on each page


Up The Mountain Path, Marianne Dubuc

Heart-meltingly lovely book for littlies and their nursery/reception/years 1 and 2 siblings. We are in love with this heavenly little book about the friendship between a badger and a young cat who like to take country strolls together and observe nature


Oh No George, Chris Haughton

Vivid, computer generated illustrations really elevate this story of George, an energetic dog who means well, but can’t help being led by the nose into all sorts of trouble. Can he be good? Kids love to shout ‘Oh no George!’ as the big hearted pup learns a lesson


Whiffy Wilson The Wolf Who Wouldn’t Wash, Caryl Hart, Leonie Lord

This sweet little tale of friendship and personal hygiene is pretty unique and beautifully told and illustrated. It’s also a pleasure to read as it’s written in rhyme and has a perfect message of keeping clean to avoid bugs..which has even greater relevance in a time of pandemic





Link - Posted on 30th March 2020

The next chapter/brave new world

Dearest customers, authors, publishing colleagues,

It will come as little surprise that, due to the unprecedented and alarming health crisis, we are temporarily closing our bookshop.

No, there won’t be over the counter chats, but there will still be recommendations and repartee over Twitter and Instagram…it’s just that you won’t be able to buy them from us right now

Who would ever had thought that it would come to this, but, like every great thriller on our shelves, the ending will be unguessable

My money is on ‘and they all lived happily ever after’

It’s been our pleasure, privilege and joy to know you and to serve you

(and please don’t worry about the Bookshop Goldfish, they’re coming home with me)



Link - Posted on 23rd March 2020

A match made in heaven: bookshop welcomes hens and, er…eggs

The beauty of being independent (part 8 million) is that you can have an idea and then…make it happen. No filling out forms in triplicate or presentations to the board for us!

With that in mind, we’re delighted to invite you to consider the following new chapters of the history of bookshop events: Hen Parties and Baby Showers…the two might even be connected, or even booked at the same time.

For the former, we’d be happy to open the shop privately for hen parties of 10 and above for discounted browsing evenings with gratis bubbles and nibbles; similar number parties welcome for Baby Showers, which not only includes discounted books to build babies’ and parents’ libraries, but also complimentary drinks and nibbles and gift for the baby.

As both are new events for us, we’d be happy to brainstorm any further ideas or suggestions you might have. Contact us via Twitter (@WELBooks) or

A small booking fee will be charged for both events

Link - Posted on 12th August 2019

Play Bookshop Bingo & win book vouchers

How well do you know our little shop and the team that runs it? If you’re a regular customer, have a look at our Staff Favourites section next time you’re in the shop and if you can correctly match 10 books to the staff member wh0 selected them we’ll give you a £10 book voucher!

Tiny clue for starters: think flowers, awfully nice gels and loveliness for my choices!


Link - Posted on 20th February 2018

Signed, sealed, delivered: it’s yours!

What turns an already wonderful book into a perfect gift? Getting it signed by the author, of course!

We’ve amassed a treasure trove of such literary riches ready for you to browse, whether you live nearby and can pop in and pick up or far, far away–in which case we can post to whatever far flung corner of the world you happen to inhabit.

Here follows two lists–adult and children’s titles–of what’s currently on offer and we’ll keep updating it so that if you are on the lookout for something a little bit special, we just might be able to offer a solution!

General signed titles:

Munich, Robert Harris


The Word Is Murder, Anthony Horowitz

Forest Dark, Nicole Krauss

Some Fantastic Place, My Life In and Out Of Squeeze, Chris Difford

The Marsh King’s Daughter, Karen Dionne

How Not To Be A Boy, Robert Webb

how not to be a boy

The Writers’ Retreat, Indu Balachandrian

October, China Mieville

Her Every Fear, Peter Swanson

Slade House, David Mitchell

The Inside Track, Laura Trott & Jason Kenny

Out of Heart, Irfan Master


Children’s signed books:

A Skinful of Shadows, Frances Hardinge

Mr Penguin, Alex T Smith

Hortense & The Shadow, Natalia & Lauren O’Hara

This Zoo Is Not For You, Ross Collins


forest dark her every fear    hortense and the shadowmr penguin october out of heart

slade house some fantastic place the inside track the marsh kings daughter

the word is murder this zoo is not for you

Link - Posted on 24th October 2017