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 are open, but monitoring the situation daily. If you are unable to come to the shop, we are able to offer free local delivery. 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 have storytime for little ones on Friday and Saturday mornings at 11.00.
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 email@example.com. 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.
Books of the Month
The Best of Times, The Worst of Times by Paul Behrens
Indigo Press, £12.99
Academic, physicist, environmental expert and award-winning science communicator Paul Behrens presents a radical analysis of a civilisation on the brink of catastrophe.
We are thrilled to be partnering with The Indigo Press for the online launch of The Best of Times, The Worst of Times on 17 September. To learn more about the launch & the book, follow the link in our events section.
We are currently selling the book at a special pre-order price of £10 (avaliable from 1 to 24 Sept).
Dragon Mountain by Katie & Kevin Tsang
Simon & Schuster, £7.99
When Billy Chan goes to a summer camp in middle-of-nowhere China he doesn’t know what to expect. There he stumbles upon an age-old secret: four powerful warrior dragons. Billy & his new friends must set off on a dangerous adventure that will take them to the heart of the Dragon Realm.
The first book in the Dragon Realm series by Katie & Kevin Tsang, co-authors of the Sam Wu books – perfect for fans of Beast Quest & Percy Jackson.
Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know by Samira Ahmed
Khayyam should be having the time of her life in Paris – but she can’t stop worrying about the mess she left back home in Chicago. Then she meets a cute young Parisian (a distant relative of Alexandre Dumas) & starts to unveil the story of a 19th century Muslim woman whose path may have intersected with Dumas, Delacroix & Byron.
Historical mystery and holiday romance combine in this smart, feminist YA novel which explores whose voices are remembered by history.
The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante (translation by Ann Goldstein)
Europa Editions, £20
Giovanna’s pretty face is turning into the face of an ugly, spiteful adolescent. But is she seeing things as they really are? Where must she look to find her true reflection and a life she can claim as her own? Giovanna’s search leads her to two kindred cities that fear and detest one another: the Naples of the heights, which assumes a mask of refinement, and the Naples of the depths, a place of excess and vulgarity.
Set in a divided Naples, The Lying Life of Adults is a singular portrayal of the transition from childhood to adolescence to adulthood.
Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright! – An Animal Poem for Every Day of the Year
Nosy Crow, £25
This lavishly illustrated treasury of 366 animal poems – one for every day of the year – ranges from unforgettable classics to contemporary works from around the world, including poetry in translation. The spectacular range of poems for children includes work by Roger McGough, William Blake, Dick King-Smith, Ted Hughes, Christina Rossetti & Emily Dickinson.
Britta Teckentrup’s breathtaking illustrations bring together all the richness & wonder of the animal kingdom, making this poetry anthology a perfect gift that will be treasured by generations.
Meet the Team
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.
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.
Do any of you really need introducing to Philip? Probably not, because he’s been here forever. But let’s spend a moment anyway, contemplating the Godfather of Dulwich Bookselling. He went to art school, which we won’t dwell on, and these days only stops reading long enough to paint.
And when he paints? It’s about books. It is always worth stopping him in the shop to ask what he’s reading, he is constantly searching out the unique, surprising and wonderful.
Light Years by James Salter
“James Salter wrote American sentences better than anyone”, according to novelist Richard Ford. Whilst I would put a strong recommendation on everything he has written, Light Years as a novel is a masterpiece where Salter wields, no, not wields, crafts, his elegant prose. Fine cracks begin to spread through the shimmering life of a near-perfect married couple.
‘We dash the black river, its flats smooth as stone.’ (Light Years) First sentences are important to me. James Salter is a master of prose. This is one of the best.
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.
The Light Years by Elizabeth Jane Howard
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.
Passionate about books, my first ever job was as an editorial assistant at Bloomsbury Books. The BBC followed, creating content for various web sites – at the time a job that was thought to be a complete waste of time as people weren’t quite sure the internet was going to be a thing of the future. I believed them and left to join Channel Four and the world of interactive television – possibly not my best move!
Three children and a dog later, I am now delighted to be surrounded by books again. I have long been a fan of this bookshop and it is a complete privilege to be working here. Aside from books, I love being outside as often as possible, getting lost in the countryside, heading to the theatre, playing board games, trying every now and again to ride horses and failing miserably to grow anything on my allotment.
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6 Croxted Road
020 8670 1920
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with details of your event, and we will be happy to help.
For Publicists & independent authours
If you are an independent author, please visit the shop to see what kind of books we have in stock and email email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you need an expert bookseller for your event.