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.

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:


Cathy Slater


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.


Philip Maltman

Senior Bookseller

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.


Kitty Spence