103 Gloucester Rd, Bristol

2016 Reading List Challenge

It’s that time of year when people make new years resolutions and one of the common ones is to read more. But what? If you want a grand master plan or just some sort of direction you might be assembling a reading list.

So, here is a reading list challenge for you.

Can you read all of these in 2016. A book written in 2016 A book written before you were born A book set in the future which is now the past A book about a migrant A book that you've always meant to re-read A book that is mentioned in a song A book that was not originally written in English A book written by a Nobel Prize winner A books set in the Middle East A graphic novel A book on a subject you know nothing about. A book based on a fairy tale A book about climate change A book written more than 100 years ago A book on human rights

Your time starts now. If you manage the above then reward yourself. Maybe with a good book…


Christmas Opening 2015

Gloucester Rd is Britain’s longest  independent high street and packed full of perfect presents for those that can’t face a weekend in broadmead.  Get a smokey malt whisky from Grape and Grind our friendly neighbours, buy lovely beeswax cadles from La Ruca, childrens toys from Playful Toyshop.  There are shops selling wool, fireworks, christmas trees, second hand clothes, loose leaf tea and organic muesli.

We are open every day in the run up to Christmas!


Sun 20th Dec: 12-3.30

Mon 21st: 10-4.30

Tue 22nd: 10-4.30

Wed 23rd: 10-4.30

Thur 24th: 10-3

Fri 25th: CLOSED

Sat 26th: CLOSED

Sun 27th: CLOSED

Mon 28th: CLOSED

Tue 29th: 10-4.30

Wed 30th: 10-4.30

Thur 31st: 10-3

Fri 1st Jan: CLOSED

Sat 2nd: 10.30-5

Sun 3rd Jan: CLOSED

From Mon 4th Jan 2016: Open as usual!

Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Books Donated to Detainees

Books for Amnesty was recently one of two charities to have donated hundreds of books for detainees in police custody.

The donation follows a request by Sergeant Jon Hill who works in the Criminal Justice Department and is part of a police drive to ensure more reading material is available to prisoners. This is part of a bid to improve the way the new custody units are run.

Jon Hill and Tamara Evans Braun outside Books For Amnesty

Jon Hill and Tamara Evans Braun

Sergeant Hill said: “A recent visit by an Independent Custody Visitor identified a lack of appropriate reading materials for young people in custody.

“If detainees, especially juveniles, have access to age appropriate reading material whilst their cases are processed, then this can make a real difference. Being on your own in a room for up to 24 hours can at best be boring and at worst frightening, especially for a child, so providing them with a distraction in the form of a book could really alter a young person’s experience of custody.”

In 1955, the UN congress adopted the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners.  This document has a section on the availability of books (article 40) which states:

“Every institution shall have a library for the use of all categories of prisoners, adequately stocked with both recreational and instructional books, and prisoners shall be encouraged to make full use of it”

Tamara Evans Braun, Books for Amnesty Volunteer says :

“We are really glad to make this link with the prison services. Amnesty International campaigns across the world for human rights. Often the campaigns focus on prisoners of concience but the rights of detainees here in bristol are very much under our mandate!”

Most of our donations go through the shop on Gloucester rd (Bristol) and the ones that do not sell are sold to a book recycling company. We are however always interested in passing on our unsold books to worthy causes so if you know any local projects or community groups in need of some books we’d be interested to hear from you.



Children’s Sale and Autumn Half Term in Bristol

childrens half term sale autumn posterHalf term is always busy and this year it coincides with Halloween.

To celebrate the autumn in true Books for Amnesty style, we are having an extended children’s book sale from 21st to 31st October. All teen and children’s books will be 50p or less.

We have a large children’s section with loads of great board books, picture books, teen fiction, first readers,  and children’s classics. We also have children’s non-fiction: activity books, horrible histories, science books, cookery books, joke books etc.

If you want to take the family out and about before a hard evenings reading, here’s some ideas of what is going on in and around Bristol:

  • Avon Valley Railways is giving free rides to children in fancy dress when accompanied by a fare paying adult.
  • Haloween based crafts and campfires at Wraxall Piece woodland with wildforesters. 
  • An exciting looking  mix of circus and bedtime stories at The Arnolfini.

Autumn ideas and £1 Sale

The sun is shining but with the equinox last week and a chill in the air, autumn is most definately here.

It is harvest time. The leaves are starting to colour and the crab apples in the shops garden are starting to fall.  Perhaps it is time to harvest some books?

We are celebrating Michaelmas with a £1 sale: all books in the shop are £1 or less until this Saturday (3rd October).


Autumn in Bristol (image by Ogzgecan)

You may just want a good novel to curl up with but for me this season is about setting store for the winter. We always have plenty of cookery books to give you ideas on storing, jamming and pickling. Here are some links to get you in the mood:

Blackberry Jelly: A great way to use up hedgerow goodies-  There is a nice recipe  here. You can also add elderberries for a more earthy taste.

Crab apple jelly: They are everywhere and it seems a shame not to use them! Instructions here.

Rosehip syrup: Very high in vitamin C and pretty tasty! Recipe here

Elderberry wine: Makes a very dark dry wine but it’s great to use these abundant berries. Recipe here.

In terms of books, I’d really recommend looking out for Richard Mabey’s book ‘Food for Free’ to help identify hedgerow ingredients. The River Cottage Books by Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall also usually have good sections on foraging and the national trust cookery boosk often have good jam recipies.

Happy Autumn!