Introducing... Message in a Bottle

Introducing… Message in a Bottle

Since the 1980s, bookshop visitors have been leaving messages—to readers, strangers, lovers—on our Mirror of Love (behind the red velvet drapes in the children’s section). Inspired by these countless little missives, and the fact we’re now shipping books overseas, we’ve…

About Laura

Laura Keeling is Events and Communications Manager at Shakespeare and Company.

the pineapple

by Nathan Loceff the floor creaked under her socks in the next room the bedsheets were drying near the radiator I was standing there by the stove warming up the coffee the time that had passed during breakfast had not…

Books That Change the World

Books That Change the World

by Milly Unwin They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, yet I couldn’t help making a slight judgement about John Wood’s book when I first came across it 18 months ago. The title, Leaving Microsoft to Change…

Pineapples and The Happy Reader

Pineapples and The Happy Reader

by Seb Emina What do Chinese paintings, the Australian desert and Swedish tinned pineapples have in common? They all appear in a piece, called Bed and Breakfast, that Sven Lindqvist wrote in 2012. The last item on that list has always…

Announcing the Launch of Our New Website!

Announcing the Launch of Our New Website!

We’re thrilled to announce the launch of our new website, which aims to bring a bit of the bookshop and Paris to you, wherever you might be. It includes a blog, audio recordings from our events, more archival photographs, and…

About Sylvia

Sylvia Whitman has been the proprietor of Shakespeare and Company since 2006. She took up the reins from her father, George Whitman, who founded the bookstore in 1951.