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Indie Publisher of the Month – Fitzcarraldo

Iconic minimalists Fitzcarraldo are well-known for their striking blue and white covers, and the diverse and complex literature they contain - everything from the rambunctious academia of Mathias Enard to the lyrical realism of Jeremy Cooper.

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Required Reading

Required Reading is the irregularly and erratically updated literary mag of the Dead Ink Bookshop, featuring contributions from DI staff, authors and friends. Articles, recommendations, lists and more await. Subscribe to our newsletter to get each new article delivered straight to your inbox as soon as it is released.

  • Publisher Q&A - MOIST Books

    Publisher Q&A - MOIST Books

    Guest Writer

    For our latest publisher interview, we're speaking to MOIST Books about their approach to publishing, their interest in 'formally innovative' work and much more besides. Inspired by the North American...

    Publisher Q&A - MOIST Books

    Guest Writer

    For our latest publisher interview, we're speaking to MOIST Books about their approach to publishing, their interest in 'formally innovative' work and much more besides. Inspired by the North American...

  • GATHERING - Extracts by Maya Chowdhry and Dr Sofia Rehman

    GATHERING - Extracts by Maya Chowdhry and Dr So...

    Guest Writer

    Gathering: Women of Colour on Nature (404Ink) is a new book featuring a series of essays by women of colour across the UK that explore their relationship with the natural...

    GATHERING - Extracts by Maya Chowdhry and Dr So...

    Guest Writer

    Gathering: Women of Colour on Nature (404Ink) is a new book featuring a series of essays by women of colour across the UK that explore their relationship with the natural...

  • Reading & Listening

    Reading & Listening

    Guest Writer

    Guest writer Liam Nolan brings us a playlist of his favourite music to accompany reading, and suggests some fine pairings of auditory and literary stimulation...

    Reading & Listening

    Guest Writer

    Guest writer Liam Nolan brings us a playlist of his favourite music to accompany reading, and suggests some fine pairings of auditory and literary stimulation...

  • Revolutionary Spirit: Paul Simpson's Post-Punk Exorcism

    Revolutionary Spirit: Paul Simpson's Post-Punk ...

    Guest Writer

    Towards the end of 2023 local Liverpool legend, Paul Simpson, published Revolutionary Spirit to critical acclaim. Liam Nolan, writes about what it is that makes Revolutionary Spirit such a great...

    Revolutionary Spirit: Paul Simpson's Post-Punk ...

    Guest Writer

    Towards the end of 2023 local Liverpool legend, Paul Simpson, published Revolutionary Spirit to critical acclaim. Liam Nolan, writes about what it is that makes Revolutionary Spirit such a great...

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Merch!

Make sure everyone knows how seriously cool you are by repping you favourite indie bookshop/publisher brand.

Here's Some Interesting Collections For You

Mostly just some stuff we've been interested in lately

Something Dark?

So you're after something dark then? Well, consider yourself warned. Here's some books to test your limits as they delve into the bleaker end of the human experience.

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Graphic Novels

It always seems like literary circles don't acknowledge the innovations in storytelling emerging through graphic novels. If you're not normally a reader of graphic novels why not give one a go?

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Fiction in Translation

From bestsellers to cult classics, translated fiction is a great way to challenge yourself to something new and unexpected. Have a browse at the latest translated titles we've brought into the shop.

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Crime Fiction

Think you know crime fiction? Well you don't! Or maybe you do, we don't know you. But lately the Dead Ink team have been reading and chatting a lot about the criminally underrated genre.

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Join an Indie Revolution

Buy Independent Books

Books from indie and small press publishers are often at the forefront of pushing boundaries within literature. In 2022 all of the UK's top literary prizes went to small publishers.

Everything we stock on this site is from independent publishers and small businesses. An independent publisher can be anything from those bigger guys at Faber and Bloomsbury down to ourselves at Dead Ink and even some small one-person enterprises. The variety adds to the fun.

If you want exciting, original and creative writing then don't rely on the mainstream – challenge it.

From an Independent Bookshop

Independent bookshops give space for fairer competition within the world of books. They allow for a plurality of vision in what is stocked, promoted and sold. As the bookselling industry continues to consolidate, supporting independents is one of the few ways that consumers can enact change.

Our own bookshop on Liverpool's Smithdown Road is based around the concept of being a neighbourhood store, hub and third space. Your own local bookshop is very likely more than just a bookshop ...

That is an Independent Publisher

Dead Ink began as a publisher and continues that work in tandem with the bookshop. The whole thing is a big cyclical book-obsessed ecosystem. The bookshop supports our publishing output and our publishing output supports our bookshop.

As a patron on our bookshop you are helping us to publish more books and publish them better.

And Keep Books Interesting

When you buy a book you're voting. Somewhere a system has taken note – probably multiple systems – and they pay attention and when it happens enough it tells the people looking at that system that they should do that again. They should repeat it. Duplicate it. Wring life from it and reconstitute it and recycle it and repackage it back to you.

Don't read what you're told to read. Don't read what's paid to be on a chart. Don't read what somebody else thinks you should read.

Read something interesting. Read something weird. Read something dangerous. Something odd. Something forgotten. Something you've never heard of before. Something exciting. Something new. Something old. Something wild. Something that speaks to something. Something that needs to exist. Or something that just exists entirely on its own terms.

Just don't read something boring. Don't read what someone else is making you read.