Brighton and Hove’s Largest and Liveliest Independent Bookshop

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.


During lockdown restrictions we are open for collections from 10.00am to 4.00pm Monday to Sunday. If you would like to place and order for collection please give us a call, email or send an Instagram message. 

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