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

Portable Magic: A History of Books and their Readers by Emma Smith

Penguin, £20

 

Portable Magic unfurls an exciting and iconoclastic new story of the book in human hands, exploring when, why and how it acquired its particular hold over us.

Portable Magic hails the rise of the mass-market paperback, and dismantles the myth that print began with Gutenberg; it reveals how our reading habits have been shaped by American soldiers, and proposes new definitions of a ‘classic’- and even of the book itself.

 

 

 

 

 

Middle Grade

Skandar and the Unicorn Thief by A. F. Steadman

Simon and Schuster, £12.99

 

Skandar Smith has only ever wanted to be a unicorn rider. But just as his dream is about to come true, things take a more dangerous turn than he could ever have imagined. A dark and twisted enemy has stolen the Island’s most powerful unicorn – and as the threat grows ever closer, Skandar discovers a secret that could blow apart his world forever . . .

Get ready for unlikely heroes, elemental magic, sky battles, ancient secrets, nail-biting races and ferocious unicorns, in this epic adventure series – perfect for fans of Harry Potter, Percy Jackson and Amari and the Night Brothers.

 

 

 

Young Adult

The Agathas by Kathleen Glasgow & Liz Lawson

Oneworld, £8.99

 

After falling from grace last summer, Agatha Christie-obsessed Alice Ogilvie needs to stay out of trouble. While smart and reclusive Iris Adams just wants to get the hell out of Castle Cove. But now they have a murder to solve. The most popular girl in school is dead. And everyone’s blaming the wrong guy.

There are clues the police are ignoring, a list of suspects a mile long and some very dangerous cliffs. Amateur detectives Alice and Iris are about to uncover just how many secrets their sleepy seaside town is hiding…

 

 

 

Fiction

People Person by Candice Carty-Williams

Orion, £12.99

 

Dimple Pennington knew of her half siblings, but she didn’t really know them. That is, until a catastrophic event brings them crashing back into her life. And when they’re all forced to reconnect with Cyril Pennington, the absent father they never really knew, things get even more complicated.

People Person is a propulsive story of heart, humour, homecoming, and about the truest meaning of family you can get when your dad loves his jeep more than he loves his children.

We have a limited number of signed copies in stock. Contact us if you would like to reserve one.

 

Picture Book

When I Became Your Grandad by Susannah Shane and Britta Teckentrup

Nosy Crow, £12.99

 

A heart-warming picture book about the love between grandfathers and grandchildren – with gold foil on every page! For one little lion cub, days spent with Grandad are always the best days of all. From playing in the golden grass to watching a rainbow and snuggling up as night falls, Grandad is there to share, play, help and cuddle.

With a beautifully reassuring, rhyming text by Susannah Shane and stunning artwork by award-winning illustrator Britta Teckentrup, this picture book makes the perfect gift for children and their grandads.

 

 

 

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

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, 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.

We’re on Instagram

Hugely enjoyable and entertaining evening at the @faberbooks Spring Party. A truly stellar line-up of talented authors ...

The High Chaparrals are playing a set of country & blue grass music at 2.30 this Saturday at the Love West Dulwich Spring Fair. Croxted Road car park. Don’t miss! @lovewestdulwich ...

A profusion of Paperbacks to choose from, including the wonderful Oh William by Elizabeth Strout @penguinukbooks
A new crime adventure from Nancy Spain @viragopress
Black Drop by Leonora Nattrass @profile.books @serpentstail
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April’s Bestsellers!! 🌼💐📚💐🌼

1. Lean Fall Stand - Jon McGregor (@jon_mcgregor)

2. Transcendent Kingdom - Yaa Gyasi

3. Klara and the Sun - Kazuo Ishiguro

4. Still Life - Sarah Winman (@sarahwinman)

5. A Town Called Solace - Mary Lawson

6. Early Morning Riser - Katherine Heiny (@katherineheiny)

7. Putin’s People - Catherine Belton

8. The Enchanted April - Elizabeth von Arnim

9. Young Mungo - Douglas Stuart (@douglas_stuart)

10. The Hummingbird - Sandro Veronesi
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Delighted to announce Kitty’s promotion to shop manager! Congratulations from Cathy & the team.
@booksaremybag @lovewestdulwich @_thebookseller
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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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