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A New Look for Dulwich Books – Refurbishment 15th – 22nd August

We’re pleased to announce that our shop will shortly be undergoing a major refurbishment, to create a new and improved booklover’s paradise in West Dulwich.

Recently, we were lucky enough to win a James Patterson grant to invest in our children’s section. We plan to use this to make our children’s area more welcoming for local families, showcase brilliant children’s books and host author readings, kids’ activities and, of course, story time. We will also be sprucing up the rest of the shop to create an even more beautiful environment in which our customers can browse and discover great books, chat with our booksellers and meet authors at our events.

In order to accomplish all of this, we will be closing our doors from 4pm on Saturday August 13th, and reopening them at 11am on Monday August 22nd. We look forward to welcoming you back and hearing your thoughts on our new look.

If you would like to order a book from us during our refurbishment, you can do so by emailing us at or by calling our manager Charlotte on 07793 555865. You can either collect your books from the shop when we reopen on August 22nd or, if you need them urgently and are within walking distance of the shop, we will endeavour to personally deliver them to your door!

Country of the Month – Brazil

All eyes will be on Brazil this month, the host of the 2016 Olympic Games.

Perhaps no other country exemplifies the challenges of contemporary life than Brazil. Case in point: Rio de Janeiro: Extreme City by Luiz Eduardo Soares, a recent book focusing on the city’s (and country’s) struggles with crime, poverty and pollution, in the voices of those who are facing these and other hurdles.

Societal and psychological struggles are mined by novelists such as Jorge Amado, Machado de Assis and Clarice Lispector, the latter now seen as one of the great innovators of 20th-Century literature.

Books by these inimitable stylists, nonfiction titles and travel guides are all on hand this month at Dulwich Books. Pop by for a look!

Faber and Fizz with Louise Doughty, Francis Spufford, Richard T Kelly and Harry Parker – 19.00 – 15th September

Join us on 15th September to welcome four of Faber’s most exciting authors, all of whom have published acclaimed novels this year. Louise Doughty, Francis Spufford, Richard T. Kelly and Harry Parker will be reading from their books, discussing their writing, and signing. There’ll also be the opportunity to meet the authors and discuss their books over a glass of bubbly!

Tickets are £5 including a drink and can be booked online here, by phone on 020 8670 1920, by email at, or by popping in to the shop at 6 Croxted Road SE21 8SW

  • Louise Doughty (c) Yves SalmonLouise Doughty is the author of eight novels, most recently Black Water. Moving between Europe during the cold war, California and the Civil Rights struggle, and Indonesia during the massacres of 1965 and the decades of military dictatorship that follow, Black Water is an epic novel that explores some of the darkest events of recent world history through the story of one troubled man. As well as an author Louise is a critic and cultural commentator for UK and international newspapers and broadcasts regularly for the BBC.

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  • Francis Spufford is the author of Golden Hill, his first novel. Golden Hill is set in 18th-Century New York, a generation before the American Revolution. Rich in language and historical perception, yet compulsively readable, it has a plot that twists in every chapter, and a puzzle at its heart that won’t let go till the last paragraph of the last page. Francis is also the author of five highly-praised books of non-fiction and he teaches writing at Goldsmiths College, University of London.
  • Kelly, Richard TRichard T Kelly‘s third novel The Knives – a follow-up to his acclaimed debut Crusaders – is a gripping political thriller set at the heart of government, concerning a fictional Home Secretary who finds himself besieged by multiple crises, both political and personal. Richard is also a screenwriter and author of bestselling non-fiction books, and he blogs at
  • Harry Parker joined the British Army when he Harry Parker 1 b&w (c) Gemma Daywas 23 and served in Iraq in 2007 and Afghanistan in 2009. His debut novel is Anatomy of a Soldier, which is a moving, enlightening and fiercely dramatic novel about one man’s journey of survival and the experiences of those around him in war. The story is told from the perspective of inanimate objects that surround Parker’s characters – an original take with utterly compelling results.


This event will take place at Dulwich Books 6 Croxted Road SE21 8SW. Dulwich Books is a short walk from West Dulwich station and is located on the number 3 bus route. The event will start promptly at 19.00 – latecomers may not be admitted.

Alan Johnson in conversation – 19.00 – 29th September

Alan Johnson CURRENT (c)Join us at 19.00 on 29th September at All Saints Church as we welcome political heavyweight Alan Johnson


Returning to West Dulwich Alan will be speaking about the latest instalment of his diaries, The Long and Winding Road, which charts his heady years at the centre of the Blair government and the New Labour project.

Tickets are £25 including a copy of the book and a glass of wine (book RRP £16.99) or £12.50 with just the wine. You can BOOK ONLINE BY CLICKING HERE, by calling us on 020 8670 1920, or by popping in to the shop at 6 Croxted Road West Dulwich.

This event will be taking place at All Saints Church on Lovelace Road in West Dulwich. Click here to find out how to get to All Saints.
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Reading for Solace – Thanks for your donations!

During this year’s Independent Bookshop Week we asked our customers to buy and donate books to Solace. Solace runs two women’s refuges in South London which shelter and support women and children who have escaped from domestic and sexual violence.

A huge thank you to all those who donated. If you’d like to find out more about what Solace do and how you can support them, please visit their website at




Order a book by 5 P.M. and get it before noon the next day – faster than Amazon!

Did you know that we can order most books for a next day collection? If we don’t have the book that you’re looking for in stock, we can have it in the shop in under 24 hours – faster than Amazon’s 2-5 working days standard delivery.

Once the book arrives you have the opportunity to look at it with no obligation to purchase it. The most convenient way to order the book you’re looking for!

Call us on 020 8670 1920, email us on, or pop into the shop at 6 Croxted Road SE21 8SW