Brighton and Hove’s Largest and Liveliest Independent Bookshop


Now that our vulnerable members of staff are able to return to the shop we are happy to be able to return to our normal trading hours.


Monday to Saturday … 9.30am – 5.30pm
Sunday               … 11am – 4.30pm

City Books is an independent bookshop founded and run by Paul and Inge Sweetman. We pride ourselves in our traditional values, whilst using the best of modern technology to provide excellent service, delivered with a light touch.

Our literary events provide a fantastic opportunity to hear authors present their new books. During these relaxed evenings you will have the chance to pose questions to the guest and purchase signed first editions at reduced price. Tickets are available from City Books.

City Books stock a wide range of carefully selected books. Subjects include fiction, poetry, children’s books, cookery, art, business and travel. We also stock an extensive range of local books.

We are open 9.30 to 5.30 Monday to Saturday, and 11.00 to 4.30 Sunday.

To hear about our events, interesting news and exciting signed copies, just email us at and we’ll add you to our mailing list.