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Ripping Yarns Books

Formally of 355 Archway Road - 0207 485 8219 - [email protected]


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Girls' Stories


For our online catalogue, click here.

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We are a secondhand bookshop in North London, formerly of 355 Archway Road, specialising in collectable children's and illustrated books.


We have boys' and girls' school and adventure stories, puffins, annuals, British comics, out-of-print modern children's fiction and a large number of 19th century moral tales. We also have a large collection of poetry and plays, adult fiction, sci-fi and books of all kinds.


We now operate from the bookshop owner's house, which is between Highgate and Tufnell Park. We are mostly online: please see our catalogue below. However, we do have a lot of stock not yet online, which we are in the process of cataloguing. Please feel free to call us or drop us an email at [email protected] if you wish to enquire about a title you cannot see on our inventory.


If there is a specific type of book you have in mind, or if you're interested in looking at our collections (such as children's annuals etc) in person and would like to come and browse, this may be possible by appointment. Please email us well in advance to discuss.  Thank you.


We have recently acquired over 200 Percy F Westerman titles. If you would like to find out more, please telephone the shop and we will be more than happy to help. Please do visit our friends over at Westerman Yarns blog, a must-read for any Westerman fan!


Click here to view a selection of our Westerman titles.

Royal Shakespeare Theatre

14 October - 5 November 2011


Verse Adaptation by Adrian Mitchell.


The Persecution and Assassination of Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade


In post revolutionary France the inmates of an asylum present a play about the murder of Jean-Paul Marat under the direction of the notorious Marquis de Sade. As the director of the asylum and his family sit down expecting to see a patriotic display, they are confronted with a performance that is unruly, shocking and outspoken.

our 50th anniversary year.


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Fifty years after the historic sell-out concert at the old Town Hall, the poets - and the jazz - return, with readings from their work by Dannie Abse, Alan Brownjohn and Jeremy Robson, jazz interludes by the Michael Garrick trio with Dave Green (base) & Trevor Tomkins (drums), poems with jazz, and readings by special guests.


The programme will also feature the poems of other poets who participated in these concerts over the years including Adrian Mitchell (read by his wife Celia), Thomas Blackburn (read by his daughter Julia and granddaughter Natasha), Vernon Scannell, poems by Laurie Lee (read by his daughter Jessy), Spike Milligan, and others.


Arranged by Jeremy Robson


Illustration Credit: Cecily Ben-Tovim

LJCC - Hampstead

Wednesday 9 November, 8pm

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School Girl Stories


Adventure Stories

Puffin Stories

Rupert Annuals

Black Interest

Penguin First Eds

Puffin Annuals


Picture Books

Children's Hardbacks

Hardback Fiction