House of Books & Friends

Sadie Pearson
House of Books & Friends

“A bookshop with purpose” and playing a powerful role in the community, House of Books & Friends is also a café and a place to meet and chat with likeminded individuals. There’s also an atmospheric wood-panelled events space at the back, where regular readings and creative activities take place – you can sign up to their newsletter to keep up to date with all the goings-on and check out our Literature Guide for previews.

With all the latest titles for sale, there are also specialist sections, including a good amount of shelf space dedicated to books and authors from or related to Manchester, a UNESCO City of Literature.

Born during the pandemic, as reports began to show how 45 per cent of people in the UK experienced loneliness, the House of Books & Friends made it their mission to help reduce this issue. In their own words, they’re “tackling loneliness, one book at a time”.

81 King StreetManchesterM2 4AH View map
Telephone: 07597 365380 Visit Now

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