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Our Bookshop in Canterbury

Our bookshop in Canterbury occupies one of the most photographed buildings in Canterbury, unusual because of its crooked appearance, it is thought to have inspired Charles Dickens’ novel, David Copperfield. The large windows are almost unheard of in this age of building due to the window tax that came in during the late 1600’s, however the building was used by weavers at the time, who needed a lot of light to work, so the upstairs of the bookshop is adorned with an abundance of natural light during the day.

The shop is run by a team of volunteers, all with a love of books and as well as selling books in the shop, some extra special books make it on to the shop’s eBay store. Recently, a book sold for £500 on the eBay store and the shop itself has previously been featured in the Muddy Stilettos Awards as the Best Bookshop in Kent.

We are currently looking for volunteers who can commit to a morning or afternoon a week to join our friendly team, valuing and selling books via the store. If you think you might be able to help, contact Janey on 07709 556 343.

Here’s a recent quote from Helen, one of our volunteers:

“I began volunteering at the shop partly due to my love of books and also due to my admiration of the work that Catching Lives does. I think it’s incredible that the shop is fully run by volunteers. 

 Homelessness is a social injustice and I feel it’s the responsibility of everyone to try and do something about it.  I’m never sure if giving money to people on the street is always the best way to help someone so volunteering at the shop is very rewarding as I know it raises money that will go directly to those who need it and make a big difference to their lives. 

So if you are intrigued by the wonderful building that holds our bookshop within please pop in and see what we have to offer as buying one of our books will directly help those who are less fortunate!”

We are also keen to receive any classic fiction books for the shop, if you have any you would like to donate, please drop them in to the shop during our opening hours, daily between 10.30am and 5pm.

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