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Meet the Team

Dulwich Books was voted the UK’s best Independent Bookshop in May 2014 by the industry, of which we are immensely proud. Based in West Dulwich on Croxted Road, we have been here for 36 years, serving the community, book lovers and local schools.

Dulwich Books is linked to The Marsh Agency, a leading international literary agency based in Mayfair, London.

Do talk with our expert booksellers in the shop, or on the phone – we are always happy to take orders, make recommendations, discuss our passions and new discoveries.

The team:


Susie Nicklin


Susie Nicklin is the owner of Dulwich Books and the CEO of the MILD group. She began her career at The Bodley Head publishers and as a translation rights agent before becoming Director of English PEN and subsequently Director of Literature at the British Council. She represents writers, sells foreign rights, works as a bookseller and curates and chairs literary events.


Cathy Slater


Cathy has worked in in publishing for over 30 years, in various sales roles, and is very excited to have this opportunity to see it all from the other side. She is looking forward to learning all about bookselling and meeting the customers.

She is a keen gardener and loves walking, nature and wildlife. She also sings in 3 local choirs and plays the ukulele. She speaks Italian and French and a little Spanish.


Philip Maltman


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.


Rachel Varughese


Rachel's first job was in an independent bookstore in her hometown in Ohio. She moved to the UK to pursue an MA in Contemporary Literature and Culture in Manchester, a city she called home for nine years before moving to London. When she’s not reading, she loves going to gigs and the theatre, travelling, exploring London, being in nature, and volunteering with local social justice groups.



Shop Dog

Our shop dog, Rowan the Border Terrier, holds a degree in Cuddling, Chewing, and Ball Chasing, with his dissertation focusing on The Value of Belly Scratches for Young Pups. He is very friendly and especially loves when customers come over to say hello and give him a little stroke. He has mastered 'Sit,' 'Down,' and 'Paw,' and is currently working on 'Dismantle Patriarchy.'