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 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

Rogues by Patrick Radden Keefe

Picador, £20

 

One of the most decorated journalists of our time, Patrick Radden Keefe has won many prizes for his meticulously reported, hypnotically engaging work on the many ways people behave badly.

Rogues brings together some of his most celebrated articles from the New Yorker – twelve enthralling stories of skulduggery and intrigue. Collected here for the first time, readers can see how his work forms an always enthralling yet also deeply human portrait of criminals and rascals, as well as those who stand up to them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Middle Grade

The Fire Cats of London by Anna Fargher

Macmillan Children's Books, £7.99

 

Young wildcats, Asta and Ash, find themselves captured and taken to the heart of London in the summer of 1666, when fear and superstition are rife. Asta’s determination to escape London and return to the wild takes her on a perilous race against time to foil a dangerous plot that threatens the city and her brother, Ash, as the flames take hold.

Step into historic London and follow two young wildcats caught in the Great Fire, in The Fire Cats of London: a story of daring, courage and loyalty, beautifully illustrated throughout by Sam Usher.

 

 

 

Young Adult

Never Forget You by Jamila Gavin

Farshore, £6.99

 

Four friends from meet at boarding school in the 1930s but the arrival of war scatters them across Europe. From flying planes in the Air Transport Auxiliary to going undercover in the French Resistance, each of them faces danger and uncertainty. But at the same time, this is what shows them who they really are – and against this impossible backdrop, they find new connections and the possibility of love.

A heartbreaking and gripping story of hope, fear and unbreakable friendship, inspired by the the true story of the British resistance agent Noor Inayat Khan.

 

 

 

Fiction

Joan by Katherine J. Chen

Hodder & Stoughton, £16.99

 

Girl. Warrior. Heretic. Saint? France is mired in a losing war against England. Yet out of the chaos, an unlikely heroine emerges.

Reckless, steel-willed and brilliant, Joan has survived a childhood steeped in both joy and violence to claim an extraordinary – and fragile – position at the head of the French army. The battlefield and the royal court are full of dangers and Joan finds herself under suspicion from all sides – as well as under threat from her own ambition.

With unforgettably vivid characters and propulsive storytelling, Joan is a thrilling epic, a triumph of historical fiction, and a feminist celebration of one remarkable woman who left an indelible mark on history.

 

Picture Book

Fadya and the Song of the River by Laura Nsafou and Amelie-Anne Calmo

Tate, £12.99

 

Between the deserts of Mali and the rivers of Mauritania is a song known only to Africa itself. It is a song that can be heard every day, as long as the wind isn’t blowing too hard. It is the song of the Luminaries, a group of women with powerful magic wearing long golden dresses.

Fadya is the youngest of the Luminaries and on her journey, she will encounter and help two fishermen who have inadvertently awaken the wrath of the Goddess of the river. Fadya and the Song of the River is a wonderful journey inspired by traditional African tales.

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

Storytime on Saturdays, 11am

Join us in the children’s corner every Saturday at 11am for storytime when we’ll read from our favourite picture books, old and new.

No need to book, just turn up and enjoy!

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 and purchased the shop from Susie Nicklin in November 2019. 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

Manager

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, has been a full-time member of staff since 2019 and has recently been appointed as manager.

She enjoys reading all sorts of books, but has a particular fondness for novels set in London and literary biographies. She also loves going to the theatre, live comedy, football, culture podcasts as well as taking long walks and swimming at lidos and ponds around 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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June’s Bestsellers!! 🎉📚☀️📚

1. Beautiful World, Where Are You – Sally Rooney

2. Still Life - Sarah Winman (@sarahwinman)

3. The Island of Missing Trees - Elif Shafak (@shafakelif)

4. The Book of Form and Emptiness – Ruth Ozeki (@ozekiland)

5. Ready for Spaghetti: Funny Poems for Funny Kids – Michael Rosen & Polly Dunbar (@pollydunbar)

6. The Women of Troy – Pat Barker

7. You Be Mother – Meg Mason

8. Great Circle – Maggie Shipstead (@shipstead)

9. Snow Country – Sebastian Faulks

10. The Country of Others - Leïla Slimani

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Location

6 Croxted Road
West Dulwich
London
SE21 8SW

hello@dulwichbooks.co.uk
020 8670 1920

Opening Hours

Mon & Tues 10am – 6pm

Wed 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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