Along with the benefits that come with having a job (monetary gain being at the top of this list for most) there is a down side. An average of 30 million people in London alone use public transport to get to and from work on a daily basis. Tally in the rest of the country and that's a lot of time for each of us to be stood with our face in someone else's armpit (they have probably forgotten to use deodorant on this particular occasion). Unwelcome smells are joined by traffic jams and general boredom with the same old route, equating to a rather miserable entrance into the office. It's of the utmost importance then, to be equipped with excellent reading material to provide a distraction, and act as a shield to your nasal passageways.
Magma is a top spot in which to locate publications sure to pass the time on the daily commute. As an independent bookshop, this shop provides a more distinct service than your average book-selling chain and the material found there can't easily be found elsewhere. For those who aren't located within the shops' peripheries, orders online are welcome.
Magma stocks the latest (and greatest) publications in art, design, photography and fashion. Since its establishment 12 years ago in Covent Garden, two more shops have popped up in Clerkenwell and Manchester's Northern Quarter. Regularly replenished with up to date material, Magma is stocked according to the customer's wishes. The shop's owners have made it their goal to return to the lost art of good shop keeping. Taking suggestions from customers, they bring in what you want more of and get rid of the stuff that clutters the neatly arranged shelves. Select from design books to the most recent independent magazines; that train journey need not be completely fruitless.