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What Our Booksellers are Reading

Independent Bookshop Week 20th-27th June


Some of you joined us last year on the Indie Bookshop Crawl and it's back for a second year. Find out more details here:

Independent Bookshop Week (20th to 27th June 2015) is part of the Books Are My Bag campaign, and seeks to celebrate independent bookshops in the UK and Ireland. Independent bookshops do this with events, celebrations, reading groups, storytelling, author signings, literary lunches and face painting! See more at:

To celebrate IBW in Dulwich Books we are hosting a week long series of events:
Special Storytime: Joanna Gale on Saturday 20th June 11am
Swedish bookseller, Katarina Bivald offering her recommendations for your next read 20th June 3pm - 4.30
Weidenfeld and Nicolson debut author Pimms Party (This event is sold out)
Nightwalking in London talk by Matthew Beaumon Wednesday 24th June 7pm
Patrick Gale and Sarah Winman Thursday 25th June 7pm (only 2 tickets left).

If you don't happen to be in Dulwich during Independent Bookshop Week, then why don't you check out the IBW map, find a participating bookshop near you and visit!


Cathy Rentzenbrink with Max Porter - The Last Act of Love: A Conversation on Love and Grief


In the summer of 1990, Cathy’s brother Matty was knocked down by a car on the way home from a night out. Eight years later, Cathy and her parents had to make an unimaginable decision.

Told with boundless warmth and affection, this is a heartbreaking yet uplifting testament to a family’s survival and the price we pay for love.

You can read Sheila's review of this inspirational memoir here. For those of you who don’t know Cathy, you can find out more about her here.

Cathy will be in conversation with Granta editor Max Porter and they will discuss , love, loss, and family, and how we deal with grief.

Tickets are £4 for entry or £10 for entry + a copy of The Last Act Of Love (in hardback). Book tickets now online, via email, via telephone 020 8670 1920 or in person in the bookshop.


Forthcoming Events Calendar

Thursday 18th June 7pm SOLD OUT
David Mitchell

Saturday 20th June 11am
Special Storytime: Joanne Gale

Saturday 20th June 3pm - 4.30pm
Guest Bookseller & debut author Katarina Bivald will be working in the bookshop, Katarina is a bookseller in Sweden and will be happy to share with you her book recommendations. Pop in and say hi, we'll have cake!

Tuesday 23rd June
Meet the Authors: Summer Pimms Party with Weidenfeld and Nicholson SOLD OUT

Wednesday 24th June 7pm
Matthew Beaumont: Night Walking

Thursday 25th June 7pm
Patrick Gale and Sarah Winman

Tuesday 30th June 7pm
Cathy Rentzenbrink with Max Porter - The Last Act of Love: A conversation on love and grief


Dulwich Books Top 10

1. How To Be Both by Ali Smith
2. The Green Road by Anne Enright
3. The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain
4. The Crooked House by Christobel Kent
5. Children of the Jacaranda Tree by Sahar Delijani
6. Summertime by Vanessa LaFaye
7. The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
8. A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson
9. Nora Webster by Colm Toibin
10. Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey

If you can't pop in to browse our best sellers (and other titles), you can order with us online at Hive.

circling the sun

Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife, will be in London after appearing at the Edinburgh Book Festival to celebrate the launch of her new novel Circling The Sun.
In Circling the Sun McLain takes us to the heart of another true story: set in 1920s colonial Kenya, Circling the Sun is about of the unforgettable Beryl Markham who lives by nobody's rules but her own. Markham was a British-born Kenyan aviator adventurer, racehorse trainer and author. During the pioneer days of aviation, she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic from east to west and in this fictional account of her life, McLain’s brilliant vivid prose and unique imagination take us behind the many masks Beryl wore throughout her life, recreating her long journey from the English provinces to a freezing cockpit thousands of feet above the ocean
Paula’s publishers, Virago, are offering free advance copies of Circling The Sun and a free ticket to our event with her on 25th August.

Would you and/or your book group like to be one of those lucky readers to secure advance copies of this captivating read & are you free on 25th August to come along and talk to Paula about the book?

If so email your details to

what our booksellers

A quick run down of the oddities and delights that made it into our hands this fortnight.

The Book of Memory by Petina Gappah
From The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Fonigsburg

Cloud Atlas

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
Night Walking: A Nocturnal History of London by Matthew Beaumont

Blonde - Joyce Carol Oates
Essays - George Orwell


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The Team at Dulwich Books

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