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The Crooked House

Catching Lives Bookshop

For a local second-hand bookshop look no further than Catching Lives Books, the fund-raising bookshop for Catching Lives which is run entirely by a dedicated team of volunteers.


We occupy the most photographed building in Canterbury after the Cathedral! The Crooked House (also known as Sir John Boys House) is a delightfully skewed 17th century half-timbered three story building at the extreme end of Palace Street. It has projecting jetties over Palace Street and Kings Street and is opposite the famous Kings School.


We have a huge range of second-hand and collectable books and run entirely by a dedicated team of volunteers.

Opening Hours

The Book Shop is open daily from 10.30-5 pm

See you soon!


We welcome donations. Please email bookshop@catchinglives.org if you have items you would like to donate.

We are currently specifically in need of classic fiction, for example Dickens, Austen, Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Virginia Woolf, Forster

The Catching Lives Book Shop eBay team also sells hundreds of books online.  This is our site so please have a look and see the kinds of books we need-


If you have any unusual or rare books that you would like to donate to the charity, we can arrange collection. Thank you so much.

Contacting the shop

You can contact the shop on 07548 287328 or through their Facebook page found here. For Instagram, add @catching_lives_bookshop and for Twitter, click here.