About Us

  • Address: 58 Merrion Centre (upstairs), Leeds LS2 8NG
  • Opening Times: Tuesday to Saturday, 11am-5pm

Accessibility Information

In terms of accessibility, the Merrion Centre has a lift and an escalator. It is close to the main bus routes and there is parking in the Merrion Centre car park. For wheelchair access, please be aware that our doorway is 75cm wide but there is a wide turning point outside. There are no steps into the shop or within it. Please ask if you need any help reaching the books in the shop.

Covid-19 information

For everyone’s safety, we’d appreciate it if you could:

  • Wear a mask in the shop (unless you are unable to)
  • Use the provided hand sanitiser on the way in and out
  • Be aware of the distance between yourself and other customers

We’ll be limiting the number of people inside the shop and regularly sanitising common touch points. All staff will be wearing face masks.



The Bookish Type is a queer indie bookshop run by Nicola and Ray. We love having a good browse in alternative bookshops and our inspiration for The Bookish Type has come from lots of places we’ve visited over the years: Page One, Gay's the Word, Category is Books, Housmans, Portal and many more.

We’re based in Leeds and we started out running pop-up bookstalls at events in various venues. We then set up a website and finally opened our bricks and mortar bookshop in September 2020.

We sell a range of queer literature including novels, children’s books, YA, memoirs, non-fiction and graphic novels. And by ‘queer’ we mean the whole LGBTIQA+ spectrum.


We’re championing queer authors and books with queer themes and characters because we know the importance of seeing yourself represented. But not only that, a queer bookshop is a community bookshop and we want to bring people together, particularly different generations of bookish types.

Also, queer books are amazing! There are so many great writers and titles to choose from, so why wouldn’t you want to read a queer book?