Advertisement for the Bibliophile Bookshop


In the winter months of 1935, Susadham Sunha opened the Bibliophile Bookshop at 16 Little Russell Street, London. This advertisement, which was published in the quarterly magazine Indian Writing, provides an insight into the Bibliophile’s merchandise. As well as English and Indian books, the shop stocked pamphlets and radical literature written by South Asian authors.

The bookshop itself later developed into a hub and meeting place for literary and political Indians in Britain, with government surveillance reports noting that people remained within the premises for extended periods of time.[1] This progression perhaps correlates with Sunha’s progressively radical interests, who defined himself in 1933 as ‘somewhat of a revolutionary’.[2]

[1] British Library, India Office Records and Private Papers, File 598/33 - Sasadhar Sinha, Indian Progressive Writers' Association: activities in London, IOR/L/PJ/12/467, (June 1993 – March 1945)

[2] British Library, File 598/33 - Sasadhar Sinha, IOR/L/PJ/12/467, (June 1993 – March 1945)

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Indian writing : a quarterly
1941, London
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Asia, Pacific & Africa ST 1803

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