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We are an independent general bookshop in Edinburgh – left leaning and politically engaged, we are a shelter for bibliophiles, an oasis for curious minds and a platform for open discourse.
Our shelves are home to all sorts of books, from politics, history, fiction and travel writing to Children’s books, tattoo art and cookery. We work hard to keep our whole range interesting, and are particularly passionate about radical, left wing and Scottish politics, revolutionary history, environmentalism, LGBT+ writing, poetry and translated fiction.
There has been a bookshop on West Nicolson Street for over 20 years – the Lighthouse is a new incarnation of the Word Power bookshop Elaine Henry opened here in 1994. We are still home to Word Power Books, an independent Scottish publisher. We celebrate diversity of thought and expression, and encourage readers to engage with ideas both from the margins and mainstream. Our aim is to challenge dominant and domineering ideologies and champion diversity, equality, sustainability and free speech.
We don't have a cafe but we do have comfy armchairs and a kettle, so there's always complimentary tea & cafetiere coffee to be had if you're in browsing.