Daunt Books"In a book-selling landscape that sometimes seems bleak it's hard not to love Daunts, which always feels as a good bookshop should: warm, inviting and excited about its stock," says Olivia."The layouts in all branches are brilliant at enticing you towards something you didn't necessarily know you wanted.
"It has an emphasis on the Bloomsbury Group (their 'rural' centre was nearby), but many other sections too.The Big Green Bookshop The owners of this independent claim to be just "two blokes with one bookshop and no idea", but they could have fooled many a book lover, says Lisa."Green by name and green by décor", this small but well-stocked store attracts a wide fanbase to its events – "be it children's story times, author signings, comedy nights or organising the world's first online reading group."Where: 1 Brampton Park Road, London N22 6BG (020 8881 6767; biggreenbookshop.com) 3.P&G Wells At this independent bookstore "you can imagine hanging out with the ghost of Jane Austen, who lived here on College Street," says Olivia.Kept in rude health in their capacity as book supplier to nearby Winchester College, the shop also stocks "a massive collection of childrens' literature" among the academia.