about CLB

For Jason Burley, owner of Camden Lock Books, bookselling is his vocation. “I bought my first tiny shop in Camden Lock market with my Enterprise Allowance of 50 per week from a diplomat called Ronald Dodoo, who had been posted overseas. That was in 1984 - if ever there was a year to start an independent bookshop then “1984” was it. Sought-after secondhand books were sourced and the shop renamed “Lot 49 Books” (in homage to Thomas Pynchon). At the zenith I’d expanded to three shops (one on the South Bank, two in Camden Lock).

We moved to a shop in Old Street Station in 2002 and stocked new and second-hand books. We were named Camden Lock Books after the place of our inception. We closed down in 2019 due to a variety of pressures, contractual and personal. No station bookshop in London had offered a more comprehensive general stock.”

After 35 years we now offer our collectable books for sale at the independent bookshop named Burley Fisher Books, displayed in glass cabinets (originally from the Natural History Museum in West Kensington), at 400 Kingsland Road, London E8 4AA or email jason@camdenlockbooks.co.uk.
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