All Good Bookshop, Turnpike Lane
Sarah Braybrooke, Publisher and Managing Director
The All Good Bookshop is a co-operative bookshop in Turnpike Lane, founded by a group of members who own it collectively. Shareholders get a democratic say in the future of the bookshop. It's amazing to see a community coming together to create a bookshop to serve their needs, and it makes for a much more personal experience when book buying! All Good's Vice-chair and bookshop manager, Tim West, is the former co-owner of the Big Green Bookshop, and after it closed down co-op members approached Tim to help set up a new venture that would mean there was still a local bookseller and event space in the area. The co-op team explains:
'Bookshops are great for the local area. We’ve seen this over the last 20 years, with Wood Green’s bookshops having been a central part of our community. Our bookshop will support reading groups, writing groups and author visits, along with so many other events, from comedy to quiz nights ... None of us in the campaign team are doing this to get rich. We’re doing this because we believe in the immense social value of independent bookshops.' Hear, hear!