Gladstone Books
Second-hand, Antiquarian, Out-of-print, Rare & As-new
Proprietor: Ben Mepham
of Southwell. Nottinghamshire
Described by the Project and Communications Manager of UNESCO City of Literature Nottingham as a
“small but perfectly-formed bookshop”

Tel: 01636 814889. Email:

Gladstone Books is located in the small Nottinghamshire cathedral town of Southwell, where it is run from a private address. Bona fide browsers are able to view the book stock, at leisure, in a comfortable book room near the town centre, providing an appointment has been made in advance of the prospective visit. Visiting times, for a maximum of two people at a time, can be arranged for any day of the week, during daylight hours. Many visitors comment on the restful aura of the room.

About 2,500 good quality books are on display (with others in stock), with significant selections of history, poetry, essays, biographies, local and natural history, philosophy, science, technology, sociology, politics, classical fiction, reference and Folio books. Most books are hardback. Prices are quite modest, as I regard this to be more of a service than a business.

As a retired university professor, I have spent a lifetime much involved with books - as author, editor, reviewer, collector and latterly, for about thirty years, book dealer. Up to about ten years ago, Gladstone Books occupied a shop premises in Southwell, where it received several unsolicited recommendations, but the move to the new location avoids the high rental charges then incurred.

The February 2024 (No. 19) issue of the New Gladstone review is now published online.

Current issues of this e-journal are freely accessible by clicking button B. For recommendations click A, previous issues click C, and for selection from earlier publications click D.

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