Reading’s literary history is not as grand as some cities, but has some points of interest; Jane Austen went to boarding school there, Oscar Wilde wrote De Profundis while imprisoned at Reading Gaol, and Jasper Fforde set some of his Nursery Crimes Division novels there.


The List

Crunch Comics: Comic shop in Harris Arcade

Ecclectic Games: Local game shop with lots of events.

Games Workshop: Location for the national miniatures chain.



Waterstones: Reading location of the national chain.


Nerd friendly and nerd-adjacent;


The Collectors Centre in Reading: Two units selling collectables and memorabilia in the Harris Arcade.

Disney Store: In The Oracle shopping centre.

Escape Reading

Fun & Frolic: General interest costume and party supply shop

GAME: The Oracle location for the videogame chain

HMV: Reading location of the national chain in The Oracle shopping center

WH Smith: Two locations in town and three more in the train station.