John Sandoe Books

John Sandoe Books

John Sandoe founded the shop in 1957: according to a customer who knew the shop in its infancy, it began with three planks laid on bricks on which were laid out “all the books one could ever hope to find in one place”. More books and more shelves followed, more floors and an expanding shop front too, but the original ethos remains the same.

Sandoe’s today is a general bookshop with a bias towards the humanities – fiction, history, biography, poetry, art, architecture, decorative arts, music, theatre, cinema, photography, fashion, natural history, gardening, travel, cookery, science, reference, and an excellent children’s department.

Unfortunately, in view of the developing situation with the coronavirus outbreak, we are restricted to mail order only. Please telephone, write or email us with orders and enquiries. For those deprived of hours of contented browsing, our wonderful, funny and learned staff will be happy to discuss your book selection or reading wishes by telephone.

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