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Bookshop reopening is a big success

25 August, 2017

Renaldo La Rose with wife Vanessa, second right, bookshop director Janice Durham, left, and Vanessa’s mother Gloria Cyrus

NEW Beacon Books, the black bookshop in Finsbury Park threatened with closure last year, has seen a steady flow of customers since it reopened earlier this month.

The Stroud Green Road shop has undergone a transformation following a fundraising campaign launched after news of its impending closure spread. Hundreds donated online, raising more than £11,000.

Renaldo La Rose, grandson of the late Trinidadian poet, essayist and political activist John La Rose, who founded New Beacon in 1966, said: “It’s still a work in progress. About 80 per cent of the work has been done. The volunteers were amazing. People just gave so much time and energy to the project.”

A new website has been set up at

The shop, which will soon start serving hot drinks, will have space for courses, reading clubs and mother-and-baby groups.

An official relaunch is planned for October 7.

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