October Books...

...A gem nestled in Southampton, UK

More than just a bookshop: we’re local, radical and eco-friendly!  October Books is Southampton's premier Independent Book Store


Owned by customers and staff, and worker controlled, you can find us in the heart of Portswood’s independent high street. From here, we supply local residents and students with the latest releases and classics, ethical, fair trade and organic foods, green cleaning products and toiletries, and our popular range of quirky, beautiful and thought provoking greetings cards.

Here are some events to come:

Tues 29th October - 7pm - shopfloor

Author talk: Trans Power by Juno Roche free tickets


'All those layers of expectation that are thrust upon us; boy, masculine, femme, transgender, sexual, woman, real, are such a weight to carry round. I feel transgressive. I feel hybrid. I feel trans.'


In this radical and emotionally raw book, Juno Roche pushes the boundaries of trans representation by redefining 'trans' as an identity with its own power and strength, that goes beyond the gender binary. Through intimate conversations with influential figures in the trans community, this book highlights the diversity of trans identities and experiences with regard to love, bodies, sex, race and class, and urges trans people - and the world at large - to embrace a 'trans' identity as something that offers empowerment and autonomy.


Powerfully written, and with humour and advice throughout, this book is essential reading for anyone interested in the future of gender and how we identify ourselves. Join us, and this renowned writer and campaigner in the shop!

Tues 19th November - 7pm - shopfloor

Author talk: Veganism, Sex and Politics by C Lou Hamilton

free tickets


Veganism is so much more than what we eat. It’s about striving to live an ethical life in a profoundly unethical world. Is being vegan difficult or is it now easier than ever? What does veganism have to do with wider struggles for social justice – feminism, LGBTQ+ politics, anti-racism, environmentalism?


C. Lou Hamilton’s compulsively readable book dives deep into the heart of these questions, and explores the potential dangers and irresistible pleasures of living a vegan life.


C. Lou Hamilton has published academic articles and books on feminism, the history of sexuality, oral history, revolutionary movements, sex work and human-animal relations. As an activist she has been involved for many years in feminist and queer collectives, the sex worker rights movement and environmentalism. Join her in the shop when she talks about her brand new book!

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You can contact this great independent book store here:

October Books

189 Portswood Rd


SO17 2NF

Tel: 023 8058 1030

Open: Mon-Sat, 9am-6pm


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