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!

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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 directly from us. As before we are offering free local delivery as well as collection from the shop.

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 their local independent bookseller. It is being hailed as a “revolutionary moment in the history of bookselling”: finally a socially conscious alternative to Amazon, just in time, as bookshops are facing a second lockdown.

After a hugely successful launch in the US, it is open in the UK from November 2nd.

Books of the Month

Non-fiction

William Blake vs The World by John Higgs

Orion, £20

 

In William Blake vs the World we enter a world of riots, revolutions and radicals, discuss movements from the Levellers of the sixteenth century to the psychedelic counterculture of the 1960s, and explore the latest discoveries in neurobiology, quantum physics and comparative religion.

Taking the reader on wild detours into unfamiliar territory, John Higgs places the bewildering eccentricities of this most singular artist into context.

 

 

Middle Grade

Twitch by M. G. Leonard

Walker Books, £7.99

 

Twitch arrives at his secret hide to find police everywhere: a convicted robber has broken out of prison and is hiding in Aves Wood. Can Twitch use his talents for birdwatching to hunt for the dangerous prisoner and find the missing loot?

From the bestselling author of the Adventures on Trains series, comes the first book in The Twitchers, a mystery adventure series celebrating friendship, bravery and the incredible world of birds, starring a birdwatching detective called Twitch!

 

 

Young Adult

The Crossing by Manjeet Mann

Penguin, £7.99

 

Natalie’s world is falling apart. She’s just lost her mum and her brother marches the streets of Dover full of hate. Swimming is her only refuge. Sammy has fled Eritrea for the chance of a new life in Europe. A twist of fate brings them together and gives them both hope. But is hope enough to mend a broken world?

A trailblazing novel about two teenagers from opposite worlds; The Crossing is a profound story of hope, grief, and the very real tragedies of the refugee crisis.

Fiction

Still Life by Sarah Winman

Fourth Estate, £16.99

 

1944, two strangers meet in a Tuscan villa. Ulysses Temper is a young British soldier, Evelyn Skinner a sexagenarian art historian. In Italy to salvage paintings, she is reminded of the time she met EM Forster and had her heart stolen by an Italian maid in a Florentine room with a view.

Moving from the Tuscan Hills and piazzas of Florence, to the smog of London’s East End, across four decades, Still Life is a sweeping, joyful novel about beauty, art, love, family, fate and a parrot called Claude! We have a limited number of signed copies available.

Picture Book

Julian at the Wedding by Jessica Love

Walker Books, £7.99

 

The star of Julian Is a Mermaid makes a joyful return – and finds a new friend – at a wedding to be remembered. Julian and his nana are attending a wedding. Better yet, Julian is in the wedding along with his cousin Marisol.

The pair take off to roam the venue, exploring everywhere from underneath tables to enchanting willow trees to … muddy puddles? After all, it wouldn’t be a wedding without fun, laughter and a little magical mischief. With ingenuity and heart,  Jessica Love tells a charming story of friendship, acceptance and celebration.

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

Sadly all events are on hold for the time being

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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