An independent bookshop on Bristol’s legendary Gloucester Road

Selling books to challenge and entertain since April 2021.
Gloucester Road Books is now taking orders online for delivery to your door or collection from the shop

Old Babes in the Wood
by Margaret Atwood

‘She can do anything’
Ann Patchett

‘The outstanding novelist of our age’
Sunday Times

‘A living legend’
New York Times Book Review

A dazzling collection of fifteen stories from Margaret Atwood, the internationally acclaimed, award-winning author of The Handmaid’s Tale and The Testaments.

These stories explore the full warp and weft of experience, from two best friends disagreeing about their shared past, to the right way to stop someone from choking; from a daughter determining if her mother really is a witch, to what to do with inherited relics such as World War II parade swords.
They feature beloved cats, a confused snail, Martha Gellhorn, George Orwell, philosopher-astronomer-mathematician Hypatia of Alexandria, a cabal of elderly female academics, and an alien tasked with retelling human fairy tales.

At the heart of the collection is a stunning sequence that follows a married couple as they travel the road together, the moments big and small that make up a long life of love – and what comes after.

The glorious range of Atwood’s creativity and humanity is on full beam in these tales, which by turns delight, illuminate and quietly devastate.

Latest Event

The Meaning of Geese
Nick Acheson

A Reading, Q&A and signing event

Tuesday 18th April
at Sidney & Eden, 198 Gloucester Road Books, 7pm

Read more and book tickets

Browse Gloucester Road Books online

Everything in stock on our shelves & table is also available to browse online. You can order to collect from the shop, or for delivery to your door. If you’re looking for a specific book and can’t see it listed anywhere here we can usually still order it for you – just give us the details here and we’ll get back to you with availability.

Gloucester Road Books

Independent bookshop
Est April 2021

184 Gloucester Road,
Bristol BS7 8NU

0117 924 6638

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