Welcome

Heron Books, Clifton’s only independent bookshop, can be found in the historic Clifton Arcade on Boyce’s Avenue.

The shop stocks a range of fiction, non-fiction and children’s books, 4000 of them in a carefully planned cosy space. Heron Books offers personal recommendations and the creation of bespoke gift lists for special occasions, and runs events, including a monthly poetry series and several book groups. Where not already on the shelves, books can be ordered for home delivery by Royal Mail and, if you live really nearby, staff can exceptionally cycle over to deliver them personally.

The shop is a welcoming space. We like nothing more than talking about books; if the book in question features a heron, all the better.

Opening Hours
Monday-Friday: 10am-5:30pm
Saturday: 9am-6pm
Sunday: 11am-4pm


Unit 5, The Clifton Arcade
Boyce’s Avenue
Bristol, BS8 4AA

0117 431 0616


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News

  • Eventful Herons – 18 May 2024

    ‘Do you read in the shop?’ I am often asked. ‘Um. Emails, I suppose,’ is the disappointing answer. ‘And the occasional picture book.’ True genius lies in a good picture book. The customer (or hopeful bookseller themselves) looks a little forlorn. ‘I read some poetry each day,’ I add. I leave out the fact that…

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  • Herons Love Gardening – 12 May 2024

    I would follow Olivia Laing to most places – along the River Ouse; to the bottom of a bottle of Echo Spring; into protests, prisons and art galleries; to the culmination of an experiment with Kathy Acker – so, when she holds open the door to Arcadia, I am delighted to join her there. The…

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  • Herons Go Birding – 5 May 2024

    Single word titles are currently dominating: Beastly; Elderflora; Wavewalker; Rosewater; Enlightenment; Kairos; Bellies… Out with pronouncements plus explanatory subtitles; down with novels that jolt one’s vaguest memories of GCSE physics; curtail those lines of poetry; no more titles that require but lack punctuation, please (it’s OK – her next one is called Intermezzo). The minimalists…

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  • And Other Stories – 28 April 2024

    I am going to write about short fiction without (only) mentioning Claire Keegan, brevity without pulling out that Mark Twain/Pascal/Cicero-attributed quotation about how if he’d had more time he would have written a shorter letter, concision whilst questioning my own abilities in that regard. I have been reading Ghost Pains by Jessi Jezewska Stevens. This short story collection…

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  • And Other Heron Stories

    Heron Books partners with publisher And Other Stories for Independent Bookshop Week – 15-22 June We are delighted to be working with And Other Stories for Independent Bookshop Week. And Other Stories is an independent not-for-profit publisher, whose books are among the most innovative and boundary-pushing works we have read. We herons have always been…

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  • Enthralled Herons – 21 April 2024

    Awestruck and enthralled, I know where to start but not how to. For this week was packed with poetry: a stunning performance from Rachael Clyne at monthly poetry night Under the Red Guitar; a screening of the 1986 BBC film Caribbean Nights: Poetry in which Derek Walcott, Linton Kwesi Johnson and Fred D’Aguiar had an…

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