Book Shops

Amnesty International
103 Gloucester Road
0117 942 2969

Secondhand bookshop (volunteers needed).

Area 51
143 Gloucester Road
Comic shop, including rarities.

Narrow Quay, BS1.
Tel 929 9191

The ground-floor bookstore has a splendid selection of titles for the discerning book lover as well as an impressive array of specialist periodicals. Look out also for public readings and talks here by major writers.

Avon Books
4 Waterloo Street, Clifton Village
0117 973 9848

Secondhand bookshop.

89 Park Street
0117 927 6602

Very good, mostly academic, bookshop when they are not re-organising.

Bristol Books
180b Cheltenham Road, Montpelier
0118 924 5458

Large secondhand bookshop, separated into general literature and academic books.

Covered Market
St Nicholas Street, BS1.
Second-hand book shop stalls to browse through at the weekend. Mainly covering quality literature.

Forbidden Planet
28-30 Penn Street
0117 929 8692

Comic shop + much more.

Park Street, BS1.
Tel 9276 602

A large branch of the Blackwells group which sprawls through several shops along Park Street. You want it, it's here. Georges includes a dedicated academic store with staff who are able to handle the complicated sort of enquiries that students generate. Their vast travel section has just about everything you need before heading off to exotic parts during the summer vacation. There is also a second-hand department (try here for your set text-books), and regular book-signings on Thursdays.

Greenleaf Bookshop
82 Colston Street, BS1.
Tel 9211 369

Radical bookshop stocking books on politics, lesbian and gay issues, psychology, politics and health. Very strong on feminist and environmental topics. Also the address of DS4A, a distributor of anarchist and other alternative literature. For many of these titles Greenleaf is the only stockist in Bristol. For social scientists especially it's definitely worth at least one visit as these types of texts are under stocked in the University Libraries. Full mail-order service available and look out for their bookstalls at big events. Greenleaf is a co-op.

John Wright Books
44 Triangle West, Clifton, BS8.
Tel 9250 923

The only specialist in medical, dentistry and vet books in Bristol. Conveniently close to the University, and within easy walking distance during lunch time. Popular with academics. Worth checking out, especially for first years when those course reading lists are handed out and the library shelves have been emptied.

Computer Centre, Tyndall Avenue, BS8.
Tel 9254 927

Although there are three branches in the city, this is by far the most convenient, located under the computing services centre and next to the main arts library. They try to stock books from all the University course reading lists but are particularly strong in the following: Medical, Politics and Philosophy, History of Art and Languages. The other branches at College Green and in the Galleries are more general and stronger on business studies. Mail order service available.

Wise Owl Bookshop
26 Upper Maudlin St.
Tel 9262 738
Typical second hand bookshop- books stacked and cluttered in every available space. Very helpful staff. Wide range of books- some university texts. If you're prepared to search hard enough it's possible to find some real gems. Well worth a visit when you've got a spare couple of hours.

Shopping on the Internet

Book Brain - provides a comparison of book prices.
Amazon - some books are very cheap.