Welcome

 

Award-winning independent and much-loved bookshop, Dulwich Books has been serving the local community for over 30 years.

In these challenging times for retail, we value our loyal customers and hope that the personal aspect of shopping locally will prevail. We can order books for next-day delivery provided it is in stock and ordered by 5pm.

You can place your order over the phone during working hours, by emailing us or by filling out the order form below.

We stock a wide range of titles, as well as a fantastic choice of children’s books. We also stock greetings cards, gift stationery, wrap and jigsaws. In addition we offer a loyalty card scheme – just ask at the till when making your purchases.

Our friendly, knowledgeable and experienced staff are on hand to recommend books and help with any questions.

We hope to see you soon!

Hire the bookshop

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Welcome

 

Award-winning independent and much-loved bookshop, Dulwich Books has been serving the local community for over 30 years.

In these challenging times for retail, we value our loyal customers and hope that the personal aspect of shopping locally will prevail. We can order books for next-day delivery provided it is in stock and ordered by 5pm.

We stock a wide range of titles, as well as a fantastic choice of children’s books. We also stock greetings cards, gift stationery, wrap and jigsaws. In addition we offer a loyalty card scheme – just ask at the till when making your purchases.

Our friendly, knowledgeable and experienced staff are on hand to recommend books and help with any questions.

We hope to see you soon!

Order a Book

We can take orders over the phone on 020 8670 1920 during working hours or by email at hello@dulwichbooks.co.uk. We can order books for next-day delivery provided it is in stock at our suppliers and ordered by 5pm.

Alternatively, click the button below and fill out the form on our website with the details of the book you would like to order.

We are on Bookshop.org

We hope our local customers will continue to order books directly from us. For customers in other parts of the UK, we are delighted to be part of Bookshop.org , an on-line sales platform which allows readers to buy books online while supporting local independent booksellers. It has been hailed as a “revolutionary moment in the history of bookselling”: finally a socially conscious alternative to Amazon.

Books of the Month

Non-fiction

Maybe I Don’t Belong Here by David Harewood

Pan Macmillan, £20

 

Maybe I Don’t Belong Here is a deeply personal exploration of the duality of growing up both Black & British, recovery from crisis & a rallying cry to examine the systems & biases that continue to shape our society.

In this powerful & provocative account of a life lived after psychosis, critically acclaimed actor, David Harewood, uncovers devastating family history & investigates the very real impact of racism on Black mental health.

 

 

 

 

 

Middle Grade

The Week at World’s End by Emma Carroll

Faber & Faber, £12.99

 

Told across seven days, during the week of the Cuban Missile Crisis, tension builds around the world – and in a small town in England where, after tea on a school night, two children make a life-changing discovery…

 Emma Carroll has become one of our best writers of historical fiction for childrenThe Times

We have a limited number of signed copies available – phone or email to reserve.

 

 

 

 

 

Young Adult

Bone Music by David Almond

Hodder, £7.99

 

Sylvia moves into wild Northumberland from Newcastle. She feels alien in this huge landscape, but then she meets Gabriel. As they roam together, she sees nature with new eyes. She becomes aware that the past is all around her, & is deep inside herself. From the wing of a dead buzzard, they create a hollow bone – the kind of flute that was created & used in rituals in the distant past.

This is a book of hope and joy – a book that celebrates humanity and explores the deep connections between ourselves and nature.

 

 

 

 

Fiction

Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney

Faber & Faber, £16.99

 

Alice, Felix, Eileen and Simon are still young – but life is catching up with them. They desire each other, they delude each other, they get together, they break apart. They worry about sex and friendship and the world they live in. Are they standing in the last lighted room before the darkness, bearing witness to something? Will they find a way to believe in a beautiful world?

 

 

 

 

Picture Book

We’re Going to Find the Monster by Malorie Blackman & Dapo Adeola

Puffin, £6.99

 

Join two intrepid adventurers as their imaginations transform their house into a wild wonderland – and their big brother becomes a mighty monster. A joy to read-aloud with its cumulative refrain, and full of funny, relatable characters, this is a contemporary celebration of creativity, fantasy and family.

This new version of Malorie Blackman’s rip-roaring picture book adventure has been stunningly brought to life by the award-winning illustrator of Look Up!, Dapo Adeola.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

London Clay – Tom Chivers

September 22, 2021 - 19.00

A lyrical interrogation of a capital city, a landscape and our connection to place, London Clay celebrates urban edgelands.

Join Tom Chivers for a fascinating and unique look at London, which will inspire you to think about what lies beneath our feet and reveal new ways of looking at our city.

Meet the Team

Cathy Slater

Owner

Cathy has enjoyed a career in publishing spanning over 3 decades, in International Sales and Foreign Rights. She joined Dulwich Books in January 2017, keen to learn about the bookselling side of the industry. She is very happy and excited to have an opportunity to run this much-loved bookshop, and continue to serve the local community.

When not reading, she loves gardening, walking, nature and wildlife. She sings in two local choirs and is part of a shanty group called Shotley Crue. She speaks Italian and French and a little Spanish.

Cathy recommends

The Bell in The Lake by Lars Mytting

MacLehose Press, £16.99

The first in a rich historical trilogy set in Norway, a lyrical mix of legend and craftsmanship, and a compelling love story. By the author of The Sixteen Trees of the Somme.

Kitty Spence

Bookseller

Kitty read Modern and Medieval History at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Since then, she has worked in retail, as well as volunteering at various theatre and new playwrighting festivals. She joined the Dulwich Books team at the start of 2018 as a Saturday bookseller and is now a full-time member of staff.

She enjoys reading all sorts of books, but has a particular fondness for novels set in London, literary biographies and anything published by Virago. As well as reading, she loves going to the theatre, live comedy, culture podcasts and long walks in London.

 

Kitty recommends

The Light Years by Elizabeth Jane Howard

Picador, £8.99

The first volume of the wonderful Cazalet Chronicles. Set during the summers of 1937 and 1938, it follows three generations of the Cazalet family as they spend their holidays together at Home Place in sunlit Sussex. Howard expertly explores the tensions and tangles of family life and she writes with a generosity towards each of her many characters. This captivating novel unfolds at a delightfully unhurried pace, making it a perfect book to get lost in. It’s always a pleasure to revisit the Cazalets and the later volumes follow the family through the Second World War and beyond.

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Location

6 Croxted Road
West Dulwich
London
SE21 8SW

hello@dulwichbooks.co.uk
020 8670 1920

Opening Hours

Mon to Sat 9.30am – 5.30pm

Sun 11am – 4pm

Nearest overground stations:
West Dulwich & West Norwood

Number 3 bus:
Stops just outside the shop

Place an order

Please fill out the form below with the details of the book you would like to purchase and we will send a confirmation email that the order has been processed.

 

For Schools

 We have a lot of experience working with local schools and can arrange free delivery of books to your school. We can often offer free author visits to schools and organise book sales at events.

Our expert staff can share their knowledge and offer guidance on all book related enquiries to teachers and librarians, and we are happy to offer competitive discounts, so please contact us with your requirements.

Bookshop Hire

We  hire out the shop for private events, such as book launches, in the evening. We charge for this service, as we will provide staff, utilities, and assistance.

If you are interested do email hello@dulwichbooks.co.uk with details of your event, and we will be happy to help.

 

 

For Publicists & independent authors

We have a busy events programme, and are delighted to have recommendations from publicists about possible author visits, window displays, book signings, readings and story telling sessions. Please email hello@dulwichbooks.co.uk in the first instance.

If you are an independent author, please visit the shop to see what kind of books we have in stock and  email hello@dulwichbooks.co.uk with info about your work. We have had plenty of success with local and independent authors and will consider each book on its merits.

Off Site Sales

We work with lots of venues to sell books for their events, festivals, book signings and launches. All books can be put through Book Scan, and we can take credit card sales via our GPS-enabled machine as well as cash and cheques.

Don’t hesitate to call us on 020 8670 1920 or to email hello@dulwichbooks.co.uk if you need an expert bookseller for your event.

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