Autumn Events at Dulwich Books

  • Sarah Waters in MCT at Alleyns Wednesday 1st October 7.30pm.
  • Meet The Authors: Picador, Proofs & Pizzas Thursday 2nd October 7pm. SOLD OUT
  • Tracy Chevalier in The Linbury Room of Dulwich Picture Gallery Tuesday 7th October 7.30pm.
  • Antony Beevor in MCT at Alleyns Thursday 9th October 7.30pm.
  • Books Are My Bag celebration with Laura Dockrill & Jeremy Page Saturday 11th October.
  • Dulwich Literary Festival: Creative Writing Workshops.
  • Chris O’Dowd & Nick V Murphy Tuesday 28th October 4.30pm.
  • Laura Bates in conversation with Harriet Harman Tuesday 28th October 7.30pm
  • John Lanchester & David Mitchell in MCT at Alleyns Tuesday 11th November 7.30pm. A handful of tickets left
  • Diana Henry in Suzanne James Kitchens Monday 24th November 7.30pm.
  • Writers Panel with Sophie Lambert, Lucy Ridout and Louisa Joyner Tuesday 2nd December 7.30pm.
  • Henry Marsh Thursday 4th December 7.30pm

Dulwich Literary Festival: Inspiring Creativity for all Ages

Creative Writing Workshop with Literary Kitchen

Come along to Dulwich Book in West Dulwich and learn how to be the next JK Rowling or Patrick Ness.

What Now?, Panel Discussion with Sophie Lambert, Lucy Ridout and Louisa Joyner

Have you written your novel, or the first 30,000 words but are unsure what to do next? Then this is the panel discussion for you.


Henry Marsh talk at Dulwich Books Thursday 4th December 7pm

Do No HarmJoin us on Thursday 4th December at 7pm to hear renowned neurosurgeon tell his story and what his thoughts are on the NHS.

What is it like to be a Henry Marshbrain surgeon? How does it feel to hold someone’s life in your hands, to cut through the stuff that creates thought, feeling and reason? How do you live with the consequences of performing a potentially life-saving operation when it all goes wrong? Do No Harm is an unforgettable insight into the career of one of the country’s leading neurosurgeons, and into the countless human dramas that take place in a busy modern hospital. Above all, it is a lesson in the need  Book tickets now imagefor hope when faced with life’s most difficult decisions.

Ticket+Book available £7.00

Tickets are bookable online, in the bookshop, via email on or by telephone on 020 8670 1920.

Meet The Authors: Picador, Pizza & Proofs Thursday 2nd October SOLD OUT

Our first Meet The Authors event is on Thursday 2nd October. THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.

In partnership with Picador publishers we are hosting a party  in the bookshop to introduce you to these new authors. You’ll have a chance to meet and hear authors, Jessie Burton, Rebecca Wait and Emily St J Mandel.

Doors will open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start.

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT, however we will be hosting another Meet the Author event soon and if you don’t want to miss out, sign up for our “meet the author” series and be the first to hear.
Send us your email address to with subject line Meet the Author.

Tracy Chevalier talk Tuesday 7th October 7.30pm at Dulwich Picture Gallery

TRACY 2012 USE c Eammon McCabeTracy Chevalier will give an illustrated talk on Tuesday 7th October in The Linbury Room of Dulwich Picture Gallery about the influence of quilts on her work, both in her most recent novel The Last Runaway, and in a quilt art show she has curated for  Last RunawayDanson House in near-by Bexleyheath. Called Things We Do in Bed, the exhibition runs until October 31st. Book tickets now image

For those of you who don’t know Tracy she says of herself. I was born in Washington, DC but have lived in England all my adult life, and now have dual citizenship (but kept the American accent). I have a BA in English from Oberlin College, Ohio, and an MA in creative writing from the University of East Anglia, Norwich, England. I live in London with my English husband and son. Before turning to writing full-time, I was a reference book editor for several years. I have written 7 novels including Girl with a Pearl Earring.

Tickets are £17 for non members & £15 for DPG members and includes a copy of The Last Runaway.

Books Are My Bag celebration in Dulwich Books Saturday 11th October 11am – 3pm

Books Are My BagCelebrate Books Are My Bag with us.

Why come to Dulwich Books on 11th October?
For the first 100 customers (yup those of you buying books) will receive a free Books Are My Bag designed this year by Tracy Emin along with two random books from the bookshop’s private library.

11am – 12noon Laura Dockrill special storytelling as she reads her laura_dockrillpoetry and share with you the picture book that influenced her as a child. This session will be busy so do book your seat, its free! And we will have goodie bags for the first 10 children who turn up at 11am.

Jeremy Page author of The Collector of Lost Things will be in the bookshop between 2pm & 3pm. Free goodie bag for the first 10 people who turn up and presecco for all!

Come along and celebrate Books Are My Bag day.

David Mitchell

John Lanchester & David Mitchell in conversation… on Tuesday 11th Nov 7.30pm SOLD OUT

Lanchester JohnBestselling author John Lanchester and much-loved comedian David Mitchell will be talking vDavid Mitchellabout their brilliantly  entertaining and incisive new books How to Speak Money and Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse (published by Faber & Faber and Guardian Faber this Autumn).

This event will take place in The Great Hall of Alleyns school on Tuesday 11th November at 7.30pm. This event is SOLD OUT.

Diana Henry Talk Monday 24th November in Suzanne James Kitchens 7.30pm

Diana HenryDulwich Books & Suzanne James are delighted to bring to Dulwich Diana Henry. On Monday 24th November at 7.30pm in the wonderful kitchen of Suzanne James on Barry Road.   Diana will talk about food and  share with you her thought on food and cooking.

Don’t miss this great event with two of the local award winning businesses. Book tickets now image

Diana Henry was named Cookery Writer of the Year in 2013’s prestigious Fortnum & Mason Food & Drink Awards. She has also twice been awarded ‘Cookery Journalist of the Year’ by the Guild of Food Writers. She is the Sunday Telegraph’s food writer and has a column in Stella, the newspaper’s magazine. Diana has written eight books including Crazy Water, Pickled Lemons, Cook Simple, Roast Figs, Sugar Snow, Food from Plenty and Salt, Sugar, Smoke. Her latest, A Change of Appetite, was published in March 2014.

Tickets are bookable online, via email:, telephone on 020 8670 1920 or pop into the bookshop.

Dulwich Books Winner Best Independent Bookshop UK & Ireland

Bookseller Industry Awards!

Sheila Collecting BA Award
Sheila collecting the award for best independent bookshop in UK & Ireland 2014

Dulwich Books wins national award! Dulwich Books was voted the best independent in the UK & Ireland on 12th May by industry colleagues.

The judges said “combining the traditional virtues of bookselling with thoroughly modern marketing & digital actiPrintvity”, “vastly experienced staff”, “offering superb customer service”, “a packed calender of events”, “eye-catching 21% leap in sales”, “the energy is amazing” and that Dulwich Books was a destination bookshop

The award was presented by Alan Johnson at the industry dinner of nearly 1,000 people and a good night was had by all!
It just leaves me to say a huge thank you to all our customers for their loyalty, support and advice over the years. We are very proud of what we have achieved and you make it a very enjoyable job.

It is a thrill to be rewarded for doing our job. Sheila

Winner Best Independent Bookshop UK & Ireland 2014


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