Fran's Book Shop

An irreverent, inclusive, Instagram-based conversation about books with writer, host and part-time bookseller 
Francesca Beauman. All welcome. Open all hours.



The thing is, Fran’s Book Shop isn’t actually a book shop. That is – I’m not trying to sell you anything. I know, confusing, right? But my name is Fran (Francesca Beauman, if we’re feeling grand) and I do work part-time in a book shop (Persephone Books, if we’re feeling precise).


So, what is Fran’s Book Shop? Well, it’s an irreverent, inclusive, Instagram-based conversation about books.

Content includes book reviews, interviews with authors, chats with customers, visits to literary festivals and other bookshops, as well as some of the everyday dramas of running a real bookshop. I also venture out on to the streets to ask passers-by my favourite question, “What Are You Reading?"


The book shop where I work, Persephone Books, was started by my mum, Nicola, when her youngest child left home. 


There was recently a lovely article about it in the New York Times. It’s on Lamb’s Conduit Street in the Bloomsbury area of London.

Fran’s Book Shop is books as they are in the real world: discussed with passion and humor in an accessible, friendly way. For more, watch the first episode of Fran’s Book Shop here:




Francesca Beauman grew up in London, studied History at Cambridge, and began her career as the host and writer of numerous British TV shows, including ‘Show Me The Funny’ (Channel 4) and ‘Bring It On’ (BBC1).


She then moved to Los Angeles for twelve years, where she wrote five books, including a history of the pineapple and a history of advertising for love (personal ads, dating apps, etc).


She now lives in Bath in Somerset with her husband and three children. Her passions include Elena Ferrante, Beyoncé, and river swimming.


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