books and teaching resources
We are proud to be central Reading’s only independent bookstore. Our selection is carefully curated and ever-evolving - we’re always on the lookout for new titles and classic works. As a development education centre, the publications we feature have a strong focus on sustainable development, human rights, climate change, and green living.

We are very pleased to feature many of the local interest titles published by long-time star of Reading letters, Two Rivers Press.



We stock a range of contemporary and classic fiction from the world's best authors, from Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie to Hari Kunzru; from Xin Ran to Gabriel Garcia Marquez. We stock award-winning fiction by Richard Powers, Bernardine Evaristo, and more.




We have a range of non-fiction titles covering art, cookery, sport, music, theatre and more.

Our goal is to raise the profile of global issues and promote action for sustainability, human rights and social justice. Consequently, our non-fiction titles have a strong focus on topics like globalisation, politics, sustainability, climate change, campaigning, fair trade, gender, LBGTQI+, race, migration, women, and war, conflict and peace.

Featured authors include George Monbiot, Naomi Klein, and Reni Eddo-Lodge.

We’re also proud of our cookery and garden sections. You’ll find global recipes, vegan and vegetarian cookery books, and books about permaculture, allotment growing, and more.

children's and young adult

children's and young adult

We have a great range of global children's books that feature diverse characters. Their stories explore topics like black history, gender, and the natural world.

Our children’s section is organised by topic, and you’ll find books on social justice, race, multicultural families, sustainability, energy/waste/pollution, peace & conflict, migration & holocaust, slavery, and world religions, as well as dual language books in Urdu and Punjabi.

We have a growing list of YA titles, including best-selling novels by Malorie Blackman, and titles in the Ruby Luna series by local Reading author, Tessa Vanuti Sanderson.

teaching resources

teaching resources

In the book shop you will find our resource centre, with over 3000 Global Citizenship teaching materials including books, activities, videos, photo packs and much more. Every curriculum area is covered, and many cross-curricula themes as well. You can purchase all of RISC's own publications from our resource centre, or via our online shop. (Keep link to resources)

magazines and periodicals

magazines and periodicals

The magazines we stock include New Internationalist, Permaculture, Ethical Consumer, Adbusters, Juno, and more.

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If we don’t stock the book you want, order it online from Collect it from the world shop free of charge or have it delivered to your home. Selecting world shop books as your favourite independent bookshop means RISC benefits.

risc book club

The book club meets once a month to discuss new and classic international fiction. We aim to support the work of authors from the Majority World, that is, Africa, Asia, South and Central America and the Caribbean, by reading their novels and poetry.

visit the book club page to find out more