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“Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.” 
                                                  - Voltaire


We are reopening on 12 April!


We can't wait to reopen our doors and welcome you back!  

We've reorganised some sections of the shop, so you will find even more interesting and unusual books to browse.  In particular, we have substantial new additions to our Black History, Women's Studies and Art sections, thanks to incredible donations. 

Many of you have asked if we do Click & Collect: sadly not. But for any enquiries or if see anything in the window you like the look of, just email us.


Opening Hours

Once we reopen after lockdown,
we will be open:

Mondays: 10.00-16.00
Tuesdays to Sundays: 11.00-17.00

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About Us

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; 

Blue Cross, London, who care for sick, injured and abandoned pets; and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People who train dogs to transform deaf people’s lives.

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Telephone: 0208 127 4765 / Insta: houseofhodge

Address: 174 Blackstock Road, London, N5 1HA
Nearest Tubes: Finsbury Park, Arsenal /  Bus Routes: 4, 19, 106, 236

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