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Welcome to House of Books & Friends

Welcome to House of Books & Friends. We are a purpose-led independent bookshop, cafe and events space with an important mission – to combat loneliness in the community.

As a Community Interest Company (CIC) we exist to make our world a better place. Our mission is to bring people together, connecting you all through a love of books and to combat loneliness in the community. We seek to do this in a range of ways.

Opening in Autumn 2022 our charming bookshop located on King Street in Manchester, selling a well curated selection of titles, will be home to our knowledgeable Bookselling team (who eat, sleep and dream books) and we hope this will become a home away from home for you too. Come and immerse yourself in a world of books, pick up that perfect present and chat to likeminded book lovers. This is a place for you. Find out where we are here

If you can’t make it in, live far away or prefer buying online don’t worry, you can still be a part of House of Books & Friends. We sell books online via and will be running virtual book clubs  and offering subscription services. Plus our social channels are brimming with recommendations, polls and links to everything going on at House of Books & Friends so make sure you follow us and stay connected.

The King Street bookshop will be home to a cosy cafe where you can discuss your favourite books and stories, share coffee with friends, bring your children or just come to relax!

Our events programme is another way for you to get involved and our unique space is also available to hire so you can host your own events. We want to inspire connection, collaboration, and creativity. We will be running a variety of events throughout the year including ‘meet the author’, in person book clubs, music evenings, children’s storytime and talks hosted by our charity partners. These events will largely be held at our lovely venue on King Street however some will take place online and with a real variety on offer, our hope is to reach as many of you as we can including students, professionals, families, businesses, charities, schools and authors.

As you can see House of Books & Friends is a living and breathing enterprise and growing all the time so please use this site to explore the multiple ways we plan to live our mission and impact communities and how you can get involved.

And speaking of your involvement…

House of Books & Friends ensure that for every purchase you make or amazing event you attend, you are directly helping us plough 100% of profits back into projects which directly address social isolation and loneliness. By working with not for profit partners we can reach out and really assist people experiencing loneliness. We can quite literally help people turn a page and start a new chapter.

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Violeta by Isabel Allende

Violeta by Isabel Allende

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When is a cup of coffee, more than a cup of coffee? When the coffee gives back

Our cafe will be run by a fellow social enterprise, where every award- winning cup they brew — and every cup you buy — helps change someone’s life for the better.

Where 100% of our profits, goes into giving people experiencing homelessness, a living wage job, housing, training, onwards opportunities — and a fresh shot at a life.

A good coffee and a brilliant bookshop are the perfect pairing; together we hope to do Manchester proud!


Business Club

Our Business Club will bring together an exclusive and special set of businesses who want to be part of the change they want to see. As part of this small but perfectly formed club, our members will receive a huge range of benefits and in turn directly help people in the local area to connect through one of our many projects and charity partners. 

One of the many aspects of Business Club membership is where teams can be put through their paces and run a the bookshop for a day. Our members will be pitted against each other to see who can make the most sales. 

If you’re interested in finding out more about Business Club membership please just get in touch. 

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Latest Updates

Loneliness and Volunteering at Christmas

Posted on: December 8, 2022

Category: News, Uncategorized

Loneliness during the Christmas period is an issue that was exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis, with many people catching the virus and having to isolate on Christmas Day in the last couple of years. This year, the cost of living crisis may mean that people spend less time with their …

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We are opening!

Posted on: November 28, 2022

Category: News

  We have some wonderful news: we have an official opening date of Monday, 12th December! We are so excited to confirm that our bookshop will be open just in time for Christmas, and we will be there for all of your gifting needs in the run up to the …

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