The John Carpenter Bookshop first opened it’s doors in 1993 supported with funds raised by the Friends of the City of London School. The aim then, as it is now, was to turn generations of City boys not just into book readers, but book buyers too. After all, the kind of books you are prepared to part money for, can come to define so much about you as a person. Since then the shop has developed into an integral part of the school’s student community and at any one time, some 30-40 boys assist in the day-to-day running of the shop, often as part of a community service requirement, or as part of their Duke Of Edinburgh Volunteering section. Boys are involved in all aspects of the business, from accounting and cashing-up, to marketing and publicity.
‘the kind of books you are prepared to part money for can come to define so much about you as a person.’
The shop is named after John Carpenter, former 15th Century Town Clerk of the City of London and founder of the City of London School.