Trips for Book Lovers: Ripping Yarns Bookshop

Ripping Yarns Bookshop
Photo was taken from Weird Things Customers… Facebook Page
Ripping Yarns Bookshop
Photo was taken from Weird Things Customers… Facebook Page
Ripping Yarns Bookshop
Photo was taken from Weird Things Customers… Facebook Page

Ripping Yarns Bookshop

I had a dream. It was a beautiful autumn, and I was going to London. I wasn’t going to see the Tower Bridge or Big Ben. I was going to see Ripping Yarns, an antiquarian bookshop in North London, owned by Celia Mitchell, wife of poet and playwright Adrian Mitchell.

We stock a wide range of books, from poetry, drama and politics to history, music and film. We also specialise in nineteenth century children’s books.
~ Jen Campbell, the bookshop manager

Does the name Jen Campbell sound familiar to you? Of course, Jen Campbell is THE bookseller and THE writer. Ripping Yarns bookshop is a home of Campbell’s Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops!

Ripping Yarns Bookshop
Jen Campbell, a bookshop manager and a writer. Photo by Iona Dudley was taken from Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops Facebook Page

Amongst the Shelves

In the shop you can find at least 10 000 books. Online they have about 6 000, and they are adding to it all the time. Online inventory can be found here.

We have the books, and the bookshop itself, because we like having them. We don’t make much money – in fact we usually just about break even – and the people who work with me don’t make much money either. However, we all love books and that’s the main thing, and we have quite a jolly time.
~ Celia Mitchell, the owner of Ripping Yarns

In the past many people in the arts have worked there. A lot of actresses, as well as musicians, writers and artists. Here you can read much more about the history of Ripping Yarns bookshop!

Everything a Bookshop Should Be

I’ve never been there (or I’ve been there in my dreams) but I made a research and here is the result – what people say about the Ripping Yarns bookshop:

The shop is crammed with a huge variety of stock, everywhere you look something interesting catches the eye. You could easily spend a week amongst the shelves and still never quite know what you will find next.
One Book on the Shelf

Exciting, isn’t it? Here is another quote:

Ripping Yarns in my beloved Highgate is everything a book shop should be. It is filled with used books, old magazines like Picturegoer, and old childrens books bound with ancient covers. The prices are really cheap and written in pencil inside. Come here for adult x-mas stockings. You can get a mini astrology guide for 2 pounds. ~ Rory F.

How To Find Ripping Yarns Bookshop

Address: Ripping Yarns, 355 Archway Road, Highgate, N6 4EJ. The bookshop is opposite Highgate tube station.
Telephone: 0208 341 6111
E-mail: yarns@rippingyarns.co.uk
Official Website: http://www.rippingyarns.co.uk/
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Friday 12-5pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 11am-4pm, closed Mondays

People around the world were asking how the bookshop looks like. Here is a video made by Jen Campbell, so you can take a quick look at the bookshop now.

Have a great time!

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