Welcome to the new
House of Hodge website!
The shop is currently closed in line with the Government’s guidelines. Thank you for your warm messages of support. We indeed plan to reopen as soon as restrictions are lifted.
Meanwhile, we have used lockdown time to deep clean and reorganise sections of the shop. Most will be familiar to our regular customers, but we’ve created a few new subject areas. And with our beautiful new window shelving will be able to display more of our new stock.
Many of you have asked if we do Click & Collect: sadly not. But if you see anything in the window you like the look of, just email us to put it aside.
We look forward to seeing our friends, regular customers and new visitors soon.
Once we reopen after lockdown,
we will be open:
Tuesdays to Sundays: 11.00-17.00
House of Hodge is a small, delightful second-hand bookshop located between Highbury & Islington and Finsbury Park. We were founded in 2009 by Dr Doreen Rolph, a popular local and well-read cat lover who wanted to raise funds for animal welfare.
People who knew Doreen and the shop back then often tell us stories of how the shop was something of a book cave of "organised chaos",
only for die-hard book and bargain hunters.
The bookshop rapidly became a local institution, and today Doreen’s work is continued by a team of dedicated volunteers working on a cooperative basis.
Still somewhat cave-like, but cosy and with a lot more labels, we think of ourselves as a book heaven/sanctuary where you’ll find everything from popular titles to more obscure interesting and rare texts.
All books are in good condition; some are brand new.
And our name? The shop is named in honour of a cat most beloved to Samuel Johnson - poet, playwright, essayist, literary critic and lexicographer, famed for taking 9 years to write A Dictionary of the English Language (1755). It was the pre-eminent British dictionary until the completion of the Oxford English Dictionary 150 years later. The cat, Hodge, was immortalised in a characteristically whimsical passage in James Boswell’s Life of Johnson. Boswell wrote, "I never shall forget the indulgence with
which he treated Hodge, his cat.”
We Are A Charity
We are a registered charity (number 1135243). Our mission is to support the care, protection and humane treatment of cats and dogs by donating funds to specialist organisations. We also assist local pet owners by providing financial assistance towards vet bills.
Organisations we support include: RSPCA Harmsworth Animal Hospital, where our funds paid for a new microscope last year (we are delighted that there’s a plaque on the wall in the hospital thanking House of Hodge); Animal Aid & Advice, who work tirelessly to rescue and care for abused and stray cats in any which way they can; the deliciously named Catcuddles Cat Clinic who work to help cats in need of affection, attention, rehabilitation and a new loving home;