May News from Dulwich Books Dear Customers Two bank holidays and the incessant see-saw between glorious sunshine and miserable downpours make May an

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May News from Dulwich Books

Dear Customers

Two bank holidays and the incessant see-saw between glorious sunshine and miserable downpours make May an ideal month for lots and lots of reading. Luckily there is a real smorgasbord of great books released this month, with a new discovery for everyone. We've curated a selection of the best for you below.

One of the highlights of the literary calendar every year is the Hay Festival in Wales. If, like us, you forgot to book your caravan spot a year in advance and are therefore unable to attend, we're bringing three of the festival's featured international authors to the shop on the 31st of May! Scroll down for details.

We're also hosting a literary festival of our own in Balham in a few weeks (and in our modest opinion it promises to be every bit as exciting as Hay!) It will feature some of our favourite authors, including Robert MacFarlane, China Mieville, Helen MacDonald and Andrew Michael Hurley. Do ask any of us in store for more details, or you can visit the website.

Very best

The Dulwich Books Team

May Book of the Month

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Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf

Paperback, £7.99

This novel, the brilliant american author Kent Haruf's last, is written with beautiful and effortless precision and is incredibly moving and memorable for a book of its slender size.

Addie Moore and Louis Waters have been neighbours for years. Now they both live alone, their houses empty of family, their quiet nights solitary. Then one evening Addie pays Louis a visit. They strike up an indefinable relationship that their distant families and confused neighbours instinctively react against.

This book deftly and intelligently raises questions about the nature of love and affection in later life, but will also appeal to lovers of fine writing and illuminating fiction.


Non- Fiction Title of the Month

It's All in Your Head by Suzanne O'Sullivan

Paperback, £8.99

This intriguing and revelatory book by leading neurologist Suzanne O'Sullivan recently won the 2016 Wellcome Prize, which recognises exceptional original work addressing medicine, health or illness. It is brilliant written and really draws the reader into to its under-discussed subject matter.

Pauline first became ill when she was fifteen. What seemed to be a urinary infection became joint pain, then life-threatening appendicitis. After a routine operation Pauline lost all the strength in her legs. Shortly afterwards, convulsions started. But Pauline’s tests are normal: her symptoms seem to have no physical cause whatsoever.

It’s All in Your Head is Suzanne’s first book; a focused look at the range of debilitating illnesses that are medically unexplained. We all exhibit physical responses to emotion – from blushing and laughter to palpitations and stomach ache – yet sometimes these expressions can be much more debilitating, causing seizures, paralysis and even blindness, and the stigmatisation associated with such a diagnosis is profound.


Our May Bestsellers

1. _Grief is the Thing with Feathers_ by Max Porter
This haunting and indefinable novella-poem from debut local author Max has been a favourite of ours for months, and has enjoyed a well-deserved recent boost from his appearance at the Dulwich Festival, and from his winning of the 2016 Dylan Thomas Prize. We have lots of copies of this beautiful book in stock if you've missed out so far!
2. The Mandibles by Lionel Shriver
3. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
4. My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
5. Sweet Caress by William Boyd
6. The Anchoress by Robyn Cadwallader
7. The Green Road by Anne Enright
8. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
9. The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley
10. A Shepherd's Life by James Rebanks


Children's Books of the Month in May

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Dave's Cave by Frann Preston Gannon

Paperback, £6.99

This hilarious tale about the unconditional love of a caveman for his tale is illuminated perfectly by the bold illustrations of Frann Preston Gannon, a rising star in the world of picture books. Our manager has read it several times (and she has no children.)

Dave loves his cave. Inside is decorated EXACTLY the way he likes it. Outside there is a lovely spot for a fire and the grass is always lovely and green. But, Dave is unhappy. What if there might be an even better cave out there? And off he sets in search of a new home. But it turns out that good caves are hard to find. They're either too small, or too big, or too full of bats, until he finds one that looks MUCH more promising. Outside has the perfect space for a fire and the grass is greener than any he's ever seen. But why does it look so familiar?

Ages 4+

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Zoo Boy by Sophie Thompson

Paperback, £5.99

Vince is an normal boy with an unusual dislike for animals. Well, you'd feel the same if your father was always working at a zoo and your mother had run off with a lion tamer.

Then, on his eighth birthday, Vince discovers he has "the gift". He can talk to animals! You think this is amazing? Perhaps you should meet the spoiled and demanding zoo animals that Vince encounters. There's a penguin who wants fish fingers, a flamingo that wants pink candyfloss and an owl that wants sugared mice. Now Vince is expected to meet their demands... on his birthday! But everyone seems to have forgotten about that...

A very funny, delightful debut for younger readers by actress Sophie Thompson, with black and white illustrations by Rebecca Ashdown.

Ages 5-8 years

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The World's Worst Children by David Walliams

Hardback, £14.99

It's probably unnecessary for us to tell you that a new story from David Walliams is a very exciting thing. He continues to write peerless fiction that delights and resonates with children. His latest will particularly appeal to fans of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Are you ready to meet the World’s Worst Children? Five beastly boys and five gruesome girls!

• Like Sofia Sofa – a TV super-fan so stuck to the sofa that she’s turning into one!

• Or Dribbling Drew – a boy whose drool gets him into trouble on a school trip!

• And not forgetting Blubbering Bertha – a girl who bawls and tells terrible tales!

Also featuring a special appearance from fan-favourite Raj!

From Number One bestselling author David Walliams comes this collection of wickedly funny, deliciously mischievous tales, illustrated in glorious colour by the artistic genius Tony Ross.

For ages 8 - 12 years

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A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill

Paperback, £5.99

This delicately written, absorbing story is perfect for fans of Michael Morpurgo and, more recently, The Lie Tree.

A poignant story about dealing with grief through the magic of reading and friendship. Calypso's mum died a few years ago and her emotionally incompetent Dad can't, or won't, talk about Mum at all. Instead he throws himself into writing his book A History of the Lemon. Meanwhile the house is dusty, there's never any food in the fridge, and Calypso retreats into her own world of books and fiction. When a new girl, Mae, arrives at school, the girls' shared love of reading and writing stories draws them together. Mae's friendship and her lively and chaotic home - where people argue and hug each other - make Calypso feel more normal than she has for a long time. But when Calypso finally plucks up the courage to invite Mae over to her own house, the girls discover the truth about her dad and his magnum opus - and Calypso's happiness starts to unravel.

For ages 9+


The Nest by Kenneth Oppel

Hardback, £10.99

This unusual and eerie young adult book is perfect for readers with vivid imaginations who prefer darker, more challenging books. Fully grown adults with a similar disposition will enjoy it too!

"The Nest leaves a lasting mark on the memory, and by the end, Oppel tenderly champions the world of the broken and anxious, the sick and the flawed. Readers will find much to savor here, both scary and subtle."

The baby is sick. Mom and Dad are sad. And all Steve has to do is say, "Yes" to fix everything. But yes is a powerful word. It is also a dangerous one. And once it is uttered, can it be taken back? Treading the thin line between dreams and reality, Steve is stuck in a nightmare he can't wake up from and that nobody else understands. And all the while, the wasps' nest is growing, and the 'angel' keeps visiting Steve in the night. A haunting coming of age story that will hold you captive, The Nest is lyrical, surreal and one of the most moving stories you'll read this year.

For Ages 11+

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Country of the Month: Mexico

This May we are casting our eyes across the Atlantic, to Mexico. The country that once gave us chocolate and chillies is now producing some of the most exciting and eclectic fiction in translation.

Mexico also has a long, rich history and a troubled and complex present, which has given rise to many eye-opening, world class books of reportage and social history.

We’re displaying a variety of our favourite books from Mexican writers to help you discover this intriguing country.

We are also lucky enough to be joined in the shop by one of their best contemporary novelists, Alvaro Enrigue, fresh from speaking at the Hay Festival, on the 31st of May.

He is widely acknowledged to be one of Mexico’s greatest living writers, having won a number of top prizes for literature in Spanish. His new novel Sudden Death is a postmodern romp about the clash of empires and ideas in the sixteenth century, told over the course of one dazzling tennis match between Caravaggio and the Spanish poet Francisco de Quevedo.


Author Visit: Maggie O'Farrell

Wednesday 18th May 3.30pm

One of our favourite authors, Maggie O'Farrell, is coming to the shop tomorrow to sign copies of her entrancing new novel This Must Be the Place at 3pm. Sheila will be providing a delicious cake for the occasion. Everyone is welcome if they would like to meet Maggie and pick up a special signed first edition...and a slice of cake!

Upcoming Events in the Shop

Wednesday 25th May 18.30 Join Verso Books and Richard Seymour at the launch of his new book about the radical politics of Jeremy Corbyn. Entry is free and so is the wine!
Tuesday 31st May 19.30: Hay Festival comes to Dulwich. Milena Busquets, Alvaro Enrigue and Abubakar Adam Ibrahim come to us fresh from appearing at the Hay Festival. An evening with three of the best international writers publishing in English. Tickets available here
Friday 12th to Sunday 14th June : The Balham Literary Festival hosted by Dulwich Books at the Bedford pub. A brand new festival celebrating writers’ responses to landscape. Full programme here

And don't forget every Thursday and Saturday at 11am is STORYTIME! Our children's bookseller Annie will be reading stories suitable for 1 - 5 year olds, and there will be fun activities to join in with afterwards.


Another excellent festival with a special offer for Dulwich customers

Charleston Festival
Where Books, Ideas and Creativity Bloom
May 20-30 2016
Enjoy a cornucopia of literary events in the atmospheric setting of Charleston in East Sussex, rural home of the Bloomsbury Group. Speakers include Antony Beevor, Graham Swift, Olivia Laing, Max Porter, Daisy Hay, Simon Garfield, Ruth Scurr, Alexander Masters, Adam Sisman, Rose Tremain, Sarah Bakewell, Alexandra Harris, Francine Prose, Jonathan Bate, Linda Grant and Michael Morpurgo.
Get two tickets for the price of one on selected events, enter the code CF20162FOR1 at the check-out.

Full programme and booking information:
Shuttle bus service from Lewes Station to and from all events.

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