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

  • In Green Water – 06/07/2024

    I have been reading Passiontide by Monique Roffey. What starts as a detective story following the death of a young woman at a carnival on a Caribbean island becomes a rage-filled uprising against violence, patriarchy, police, political strictures, sexist media… There’s a vast cast of characters, including the voice of the murdered woman, an inspiring…

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  • Wise Owls – 29/06/2024

    When I was a child, before we went on holiday there were two things I loved doing. One was fetching items from my mother’s extensive packing list: we never travelled without at least two teapots. The other was the trip to the library to choose our books. A week’s holiday meant we each needed a…

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  • Flash Fiction Competition Result

    As part of our Independent Bookshop Week partnership with And Other Stories, we held a flash fiction competition, in honour of their commitment to and our love of exceptional short fiction. Writers were invited to submit 400 words on the theme of ‘independence’. The submissions were brilliantly varied, from the realist to the surreal to…

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  • On Planet Heron – 22/06/2024

    An eight-day week later, we have had a brilliant time partnering with publisher And Other Stories and championing their books. And Other Numbers:One poetry reading (two poets), two book groups, one flash fiction competition (lots of entries, five shortlisted).Five hundred temporary tattoos, some glasses of wine (accurate data not found), many towers of AOS books,…

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  • This Must Be The Place – 15 June 2024

    Welcome to Independent Bookshop Week; the much-anticipated eight-day week is here and our partnership with publisher And Other Stories kicks off. Welcome to The Heronry; do come and admire our And Other Stories book displays and artwork and pick up a (temporary) And Other Herons tattoo, as well as lots of AOS books. Welcome to…

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  • Waterlogged Herons – 9 June 2024

    Sometimes it is clear where I ought to begin with the newsletter. In recent weeks, having spent time in a walled garden in Suffolk with Olivia Laing, an Arcadian newsletter grew. Writing down passages from Richard Flanagan’s Question 7 offered abundant chain reactions. And a few trips across the Atlantic between Enniscorthy and Long Island…

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