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Our 2017 autumn events read like a who’s who of the bestselling books in 2017 We hosted events with Judy Murray, Rachel Joyce & Sarah Winman, Yotam Ottolenghi & Helen Goh, Alexander McCall Smith, Judith Kerr, Robert Harris, Adam Kay & Hardeep Singh Kohli, Salley Vickers & Joy Rhoades, Evan Davis, Alison Weir and Philip Pullman.
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An Evening with Susie Steiner in conversation with DS Graham McMillan
Join Susie Steiner and DS McMillan for an evening discussing working together on plotting the crimes so the books have a real authenticity. Whilst researching her latest book Persons Unknown, Susie Steiner worked with DS Graham McMillan. DS McMillan is a real life detective whose views and thoughts add a reality to Susie’s crime novels making them unique.
BOOK TICKETS HERE: £10 & include drinks. This event is taking place at Bell House, 27 College Road, Dulwich
Detective Sergeant Graham McMillan has been in the police force for 20 years. Since 2007 he has worked for the Major Crime Unit in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire. This 182-strong dedicated team works across the three counties responding to the most serious crimes, including murder and kidnap. DI Graham McMillan is currently on Channel 4’s 24 Hours in Police Custody.Wednesday 18th April 2018 7.30pmBell House, 27 College Road, Dulwich SE21 7BG
Introducing debut novelist AJ Pearce
We invite you to meet AJ Pearce on Monday 23 April 7pm. Picked as one of the leading debut novelists of 2018 this will be an event you’ll not want to miss.
London, 1941. Emmeline Lake and her best friend Bunty are trying to stay cheerful despite the Luftwaffe making life thoroughly annoying for everyone. Emmy dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent and when she spots a job advertisement in the newspaper she seizes her chance – but after a rather unfortunate misunderstanding, she finds herself typing letters for the formidable Henrietta Bird, the renowned agony aunt of Woman’s Friend magazine.
Mrs Bird is very clear: letters containing any form of Unpleasantness must go straight into the bin. But as Emmy reads the desperate pleas from women who may have Gone Too Far with the wrong man, or can’t bear to let their children be evacuated, she decides the only thing for it is to secretly write back . . .
Irresistibly funny and enormously moving, Dear Mrs Bird by AJ Pearce is a love letter to the enduring power of friendship, the kindness of strangers and the courage of ordinary people in extraordinary times.
BOOK TICKETS HERE: £10 includes drinks. This event is taking place at Bell House, 27 College Road. Dulwich Village SE21 7BG
AJ was picked by The Guardian as one of the debuts for 2018. Hannah Beckerman says “joyfully uplifting and optimistic novel…Despite its historical setting, Dear Mrs Bird’s timely story of courage and good humour in adversity is being pitched as the literary tonic of the year”.
Hazel has read Dear Mrs Bird and says “I loved Dear Mrs Bird and was completely swept up in the story of Emmy and Bunty. The portrayal of their lives in London during the Blitz was so vividly realised it felt real and I really cared what happened to them. I devoured the book in a single sitting and highly recommend it. It has all the warmth and charm of The Guernsey Potato and Peel Pie Society and I’m certain it will find as wide an audience. I can’t wait to be able to recommend it in the bookshop”.
Picador Publishing Director Francesca Main and Design Manager Katie Tooke share the story behind the cover of this very special book here.Monday 23rd April 2018 7pmBell House, 27 College Road, Dulwich SE21 7BG
Behind the scenes in the NHS with Christie Watson & Caroline Elton
Join Christie Watson and Caroline Elton as they discuss the NHS, share their views of life behind the scenes and what it is like for the teams that looks after us in hospitals.
Doctors and nurses are the people we turn to when we fall ill and who look after us. They are the people we trust with our lives, and with the lives of those we love. But what is it like from their side?
Christie Watson was a nurse for twenty years. Taking us from birth to death and from A&E to the mortuary, The Language of Kindness is an astonishing account of a profession defined by acts of care, compassion and kindness.
BOOK TICKETS HERE: £10 & includes entry & drinks. This event is taking place at Bell House, 27 College Road, Dulwich SE21 7BG
Christie’s book has received many fantastic reviews. Just to quote a couple:
“An amazing book – terrifying at times, but tender and truthful. Let’s be thankful for wonderful nurses – and writers – like Christie Watson” JACQUELINE WILSON
“A remarkable book about life and death and so brilliantly written it makes you hold your breath” RUBY WAX
Caroline Elton is a psychologist who specialises in helping doctors. For over twenty years she has listened as doctors have unburdened themselves of the pressures of their jobs: the obstetrician whose own fertility treatment failed; the trainee oncologist who found herself unable to treat patients suffering from the disease that killed her father; the brilliant neurosurgeon struggling to progress her career in an environment that was hostile to women.
Drawing on extraordinary case studies and decades of work supporting clinicians, Also Human presents a provocative, perceptive and deeply humane examination of the modern medical profession.
Caroline Elton’s book, Almost Human has received rave reviews, including Hilary Mantel saying “All agree there is a crisis in health care, but this book looks behind the headlines and tots up the human cost of a flawed system. Written with perceptive sympathy for the wounded healer, it is necessary reading for both doctors and patients”.Tuesday 8th May 2018 7.30pmBell House, 27 College Road, Dulwich SE21 7BG
An Evening with Joanna Trollope
On Wednesday 7 March we had a wonderful evening of chat and conversation with Joanna Trollope.
Joanna is the perfect author for a bookshop to host an event with, warm, engaging, loves sharing her writing experiences with the audience and the conversation at this event was enlightening.
Joanna’s latest novel, An Unsuitable Match, is an a uplifting story of love, family and second chances.
‘Why on earth, after all you’ve been through, all you’ve survived, all you’ve achieved, why do you want to get married?’
Rose Woodrowe has just got engaged to Tyler Masson – a wonderful, sensitive man who is head-over-heels in love with her. The only problem? This isn’t the first time for either of them, and their five grown-up children have strong opinions on the matter . . .
Like Rose’s daughter, Laura, who remembers her parents’ painful divorce and doesn’t want to see her mother hurt again. Or the twins, Emmy and Nat, who simply don’t trust the man their mother has fallen for. Then there’s Tyler’s children: Seth, too busy with his San Francisco sourdough bakery to get to know his father’s new partner; and Mallory, the aspiring actress, who is still wrestling with the issues of her own childhood.
Who to listen to? Who to please? Rose and Tyler are determined to get it right this time, but in trying to make everyone happy, can they ever be happy themselves?Wednesday 7th March 2018 7.30pm
An Evening with Elly Griffiths
On Thursday 22 February Elly Griffiths, author of wonderfully atmospheric crime fiction featuring forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway, came to Dulwich to talk about her new novel, THE DARK ANGEL.
Boiled human bones have been found in Norwich’s web of underground tunnels. When Dr Ruth Galloway discovers they were recently buried, DCI Nelson has a murder enquiry on his hands. The boiling might have been just a medieval curiosity – now it suggests a much more sinister purpose.
Elly was in conversation with Sarah Crompton. Sarah is the former Arts Editor-in-Chief and a huge fan of Ruth Galloway series.
This was a fantastic event, Elly was brilliant, great communicator and extremely popular with our audience.Thursday 22nd February 2018 19.00
Lose Weight for Good with Tom Kerridge
On Tuesday 30 January 2018 Michelin star chef Tom Kerridge talked about how to cook full flavour meals for a low-calorie diet with a difference.
As Tom says: ‘It’s impossible to stick to a diet if the food you’re expected to eat is boring and doesn’t fill you up. So I’ve developed lots of tasty and satisfying recipes that people will love to cook and eat, but that will also help them lose weight.
I truly believe that this attitude works. I’ve been there myself and now I want to help others get there too.’
Tom Kerridge worked as a chef in restaurants across Britain before deciding to set out on his own, and take over a rundown pub in the quiet town of Marlow. He opened The Hand & Flowers with his wife Beth in 2005, and it went on to become the first (and only) pub in the world to acquire two Michelin stars. In 2014 he opened The Coach, his second pub in Marlow, which within its first year of trading received three AA Rosettes, was voted third best pub in Britain by the Top 50 Gastropub Awards, and awarded a Michelin star in 2017. Tom is also a familiar presence on the nation’s television screens, hosting two of his own BBC series, and at the helm of BBC’s Food & Drink and Bake Off: Crème de la Crème.
Tom has been developing top recipes for over twenty-six years and knows how to make food taste great. He also understands how much willpower it takes to lose weight, having lost an astonishing eleven stone in the last four years. In his new book and BBC2 TV show, Lose Weight for Good, Tom is turning his chef’s skills to making low-calorie cooking delicious and simple.Tuesday 30th January 2018 7.30pm
Alison Weir & the Medieval Queens of England
Alison Weir came to Dulwich on Thursday 16th November to tell the dramatic story of five Norman queens from her new book Queens of the Conquest. From Matilda of Flanders, who supported William the Conqueror in his invasion of England in 1066, to the turbulent Empress Maud who founded the Plantagenet dynasty as the mother of Henry II. Stripping away centuries of romantic mythology and delving beyond the prejudice and credulity in contemporary sources, Alison will reveal a more balanced and authentic picture of these extraordinary women.
Love, hate, ambition and tragedy all feature in this epic saga.
Alison Weir is the top-selling female historian in the United Kingdom, and has sold over 2.7 million books worldwide. She has published seventeen history books, including Elizabeth the Queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine, The Lady in the Tower and Elizabeth of York, and six historical novels. Her latest biography is The Lost Tudor Princess, and her latest novel is Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen, the first in a series of novels about the wives of Henry VIII.Thursday 16th November 2017 7.30pm
Philip Pullman in conversation with Nicolette Jones
We were honoured that Philip Pullman came to Dulwich talk about his life in writing and his new collection of essays on storytelling called Daemon Voices (David Fickling Books).
Dæmon Voices: Essays on Storytelling is a unique collection of Philip Pullman’s essays, written over 20 years and brought together for the first time. Reflecting a lifetime of writing, each carefully curated story is a meditation on the power and importance of storytelling. Warm, funny, generous, entertaining and deeply considered, they offer thoughts on a wide variety of topics including the origin of Philip’s own stories, the craft of writing, other storytellers and the importance of stories in our culture. Together, the essays form a lively personal exploration of storytelling by one of the world’s greatest storytellers.
Philip was in conversation with The Sunday Times journalist, Nicolette Jones.Tuesday 7th November 2017 19.30pm
An evening with Evan Davis
Lies and deception, flannel and waffle, distracting decoration or flamboyance, artifice and insincerity, pure nonsense and gibberish: bullshit is everywhere you look. And never has there been more concern about it. From President Trump to the Brexit debate, we hear constant talk of falsehoods and fake news, and appeals to alternative facts. So why has bullshit apparently become the communications strategy of our time?
Drawing on behavioural science, economics, psychology and his knowledge of the media, in this event Evan set out to explore the surprising logic of the bullshit we encounter. He stepped inside the panoply of deception and spin employed not just in recent politics, but in all walks of life, to explain why these falsehoods are both pervasive and persistent. Drawing on behavioural science, economics, psychology and his extensive knowledge of the media, Evan set out why fake news has apparently become the communications strategy of our time and charts a route through it.
Evan Davis is the main presenter of the BBC2 current affairs show, Newsnight. Before taking up that role in September 2014, he was a presenter of the Today programme on BBC Radio 4. He is also well-known as the presenter of the BBC2 business reality show Dragons Den. And on Radio 4, he hosts a weekly business discussion programme the Bottom Line.Sunday 5th November 2017 7.30pm
An evening with Salley Vickers in conversation with Joy Rhoades
Salley came to Dulwich on Thursday 19th October and chatted with Joy Rhoades about her writing and books.
Salley Vickers first novel Miss Garnet’s Angel was an international word of mouth bestseller, and she has since established herself as one of our leading novelists, in the tradition of Penelope Fitzgerald and Marilynne Robinson. In her latest book, Cousins, brilliant and mercurial Will Tye suffers a life changing accident with consequences which echo through three generations of the Tye family. Each member of the family holds some clue to the chain of events which may have led to the accident and each holds themselves to blame.
Cousins is a subtle novel weaving darkness and light which takes us from the outbreak of World War Two to the present day, exploring the recurrence of tragedy, the nature of transgression, and the limits of morality and love.
Joy is the author of The Woolgrower’s Companion is the gripping love story of one woman’s fight to save her home and a passionate tribute to Australia’s landscape and its peoples.
Hazel loved Joy’s novel and says – it is a gripping tale beautifully told that has been described as “Captain Corelli meets The Thornbirds”, though she thinks it has a flavour of A Town Like Alice.Thursday 19th October 2017 7pm
Adam Kay in conversation with Hardeep Singh Kohli
We had a fantastic evening in the company of comedian, writer and former junior doctor, Adam Kay, as he did his stand-up set in his childhood home of Dulwich to mark the publication of his new book This is Going to Hurt.
This is Going To Hurt is a Sunday Times Bestseller and a brilliant albeit sad read. You’ll laugh, cry and be shocked by the tale but in the end you’ll want to buy another copy for a friend.
Welcome to the life of a junior doctor. Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, Adam Kay’s This Is Going to Hurt provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line. Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking by turns, this is everything you wanted to know – and more than a few things you didn’t – about life on and off the hospital ward. And yes, it may leave a scar.Wednesday 18th October 2017 7.30pm
An evening with Robert Harris
A full theatre came along on Monday 16th October and heard Robert Harris talk about his writing and his new book Munich. Munich is set over the four days of the Munich Conference, and is filled with the real-life characters and events of the time.
September 1938 Hitler is determined to start a war. Chamberlain is desperate to preserve the peace. The issue is to be decided in a city that will forever afterwards be notorious for what takes place there. As Chamberlain’s plane judders over the Channel and the Furher’s train steams relentlessly south from Berlin, two young men travel with secrets of their own. Hugh Legat is one of Chamberlain’s private secretaries; Paul Hartmann a German diplomat and member of the anti-Hitler resistance. Great friends at Oxford before Hitler came to power, they haven’t seen one another since they were last in Munich six years earlier. Now, as the future of Europe hangs in the balance, their paths are destined to cross again. When the stakes are this high, who are you willing to betray? Your friends, your family, your country or your conscience?
Robert was in conversation with Hannah Beckerman. Hannah is a full-time author and journalist, writing features for the FT Weekend Magazine and book reviews for The Observer and The Sunday Express.
This is classic Robert Harris and it’s a treat to welcome him to Dulwich.
Robert Harris is the author of eleven bestselling novels: the Cicero Trilogy – Imperium, Lustrum and Dictator – Fatherland, Enigma, Archangel, Pompeii, The Ghost, The Fear Index, An Officer and a Spy, which won four prizes including the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, and Conclave.Monday 16th October 2017 7.30pm
An afternoon with Judith Kerr
Judith Kerr is one of the nation’s most celebrated and beloved authors. Her picture books, such as The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog the Cat, are classics and children love her work.
Judith came to Dulwich on Sunday 15th October and chatted with Nicolotte Jones. Nicolette has been the Children’s Books Reviewer of The Sunday Times for more than two decades. She is a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at King’s College, London for September 2016-June 2017, as she was at University College, London in 2010-12 and summer 2013.
Katinka’s Tail is the brand new picture book from the beloved and iconic Judith Kerr. This magical new book is brimming with her trademark warm humour and exquisitely imaginative artwork. Come on a wondrous journey with Katinka, a perfectly ordinary pussycat, with a not-quite-so-ordinary tail.Sunday 15th October 2017 3pm
An evening with Alexander McCall Smith
An evening with Alexander McCall Smith is an evening of sheer delight and we were not disappointed. Sandy discussed the eagerly anticipated new Isabel Dalhousie novel, A Distant View of Everything, and catch up with little Bertie and the cast of 44 Scotland Street in The Bertie Project.
Alexander McCall Smith, often referred to as ‘Sandy’, is one of the world’s most prolific and best-loved authors. For many years he was a professor of Medical Law and worked in universities in the UK and abroad before turning his hand to writing fiction. He has written and contributed to more than 100 books including specialist academic titles, short story collections, and a number of immensely popular children’s books.
Alexander was in conversation with Peter Guttridge. Peter is a novelist, critic, writing teacher and a chairperson/interviewer at a wide range of literature festivals and events. He is a former Director of the Brighton Literature Festival and the current co-director of Books By The Beach, the Scarborough Book Festival. (www.booksbythebeach.co.uk). For eleven years he was the Observer newspaper’s crime fiction critic. He is the author of eleven novels, two works of non-fiction and numerous short stories.Tuesday 3rd October 2017 7.30pm
Sweet talk with Yotam Ottolenghi & Helen Goh
We were thrilled when Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh came to Dulwich to take all things Sweet.
Renowned for fresh evocative ingredients and bold inventive flavour, Ottolenghi has absolutely changed the way we eat and cook in this country. From Middle Eastern food to the very best Vegetarian recipes and world famous cakes and desserts, the Ottolenghi cookbooks have become national favourites. Sweet is a return to Yotam’s roots as a pastry chef and offers a mouthwatering array of recipes for hand-crafted sweet treats, freshly made with love, flair, real ingredients and lots of attention to detail. This is the quintessential Ottolenghi flavour formula brought to baking.
Yotam and Helen assembled a pudding from Sweet and at the end it was auctioned for charity, raising over £350 for the food bank at All Saints Church.Monday 25th September 2017 7.30pm
An evening with Rachel Joyce & Sarah Winman
Bestselling authors, Sarah Winman and Rachel Joyce came to Dulwich to talk about their wonderful new novels, Tin Man & The Music Shop.
The event was held in the lovely Bell House which we think is going to one of our favourite location.
The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce is a new novel about learning how to listen and how to feel; and about second chances and choosing to be brave despite the odds. Because in the end, music can save us all …
This link for specially collated The Music Shop playlist: bit.ly/TheMusicShopPlaylist
Tin Man by Sarah Winman is the unforgettable and achingly tender new novel from Sarah Winman, author of the international bestseller When God was a Rabbit and the Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller A Year of Marvellous Ways.
Rachel and Sarah will be in conversation with Hannah Beckerman. Hannah is a full-time author and journalist, writing features for the FT Weekend Magazine and book reviews for The Observer and The Sunday Express.Thursday 21st September 2017 7pm
An evening with Judy Murray
We were delighted to host Judy Murray to celebrate the publication of her memoir Knowing the Score.
As mother to tennis champions Jamie and Andy Murray, Scottish National Coach, coach of the Fed Cup, and general all-round can-do woman of wonder, Judy Murray is the ultimate role model for believing in yourself and reaching out to ambition. As a parent, coach, leader, she is an inspiration who has revolutionised British tennis. From the soggy community courts of Dunblane to the white heat of Centre Court at Wimbledon, Judy Murray’s extraordinary memoir charts the challenges she has faced, from desperate finances and growing pains to entrenched sexism.
Judy chatted with Alexandra Heminsley, author of Running Like A Girl and most recently Leap In.
We all need a story of ‘yes we can’ to make us believe great things are possible. This is that story. And we were inspired after meeting Judy.Sunday 17th September 2017 7.30pm
Harry Potter Magic Bookshop Trivia Tournament
As part of the 20th anniversary celebrations for Harry Potter, the publisher Bloomsbury is running an official Harry Potter Trivia Tournament. Twenty bookshops across the UK have been chosen to host the quiz and Village Books were delighted to be one of only two shops chosen in London.
Overseen by an independent official adjudicator, we had 21 team contest the seven categories of questions. With an age range from 5 to 65 this quiz appealed to all ages. At the half way stage two teams were tied on 26 points for the top spot, closely followed by a further three teams on 25. This quiz couldn’t be closer. As the last three rounds began there was silence in the room as quiz master Pip Torrens read out the questions.
After considerable checking of the scores by our independent adjudicator it was with great pleasure that the winners by a margin of 3 points and having answer 86% of the questions correctly the winners were announced, The Fizzing Quizbees. Now we await news of the national quiz and revision has begun.
Village Books donated profits from this event to Lumos, the children’s charity founded by J K Rowling.Friday 7th July 2017 7pm
Gail Honeyman comes to Dulwich to discuss Eleanor Oliphant SOLD OUT Event
On Thursday 6th July hosted Gail Honeyman in Village Books. Gail discussed her fantastic debut novel, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine which both Hazel and Sheila adored.
In a packed bookshop, at this sold out event , Gail was fantastic and we had a brilliant discussion.
Eleanor Oliphant has a normal job in an office 5 days a week – and a very abnormal home life at the weekend. She is a lonely misfit – until a chance event disrupts her ordered world with unexpected results.
Hazel says “Eleanor’s voice is wonderful, and Gail Honeyman has written a superb debut novel that will make you laugh and cry”.
There’ll be wine, cake, chat, fun and laughter.Thursday 6th July 2017 7pm
Spanish Food Celebration with Monika Linton, founder of Brindisa
We were thrilled to welcome Monika Linton, founder of Brindisa, to celebrate the publication of Brindisa, The True Food of Spain.
Monika, along with Brindisa’s Executive Chef Josep Carbonell, demonstrated recipes from the book. There were tastings of Spanish food, and a glass of delicious sherry.
Brindisa is the ultimate book of contemporary Spanish cooking, including classic regional recipes, tapas dishes and information about the best ingredients and producers. Ranging from simple traditional breakfasts and mid-week dinners to celebratory lunches and weekend get-togethers, this is a true celebration of the food, people and countryside of Spain. With 250 colour illustrations.Wednesday 28th June 2017 7.30pm
A Manual for Heartache – How to make sense of a tragedy with Cathy Rentzenbrink & Dr Suzanne O’Sullivan
How do we make sense of heartache? Cathy Rentzenbrink and Dr Suzanne O’Sullivan will discussed learning to deal with heartache, grief and loss. They explored how to cope with life at its most difficult and how that suffering may change us forever but we can emerge filled with hope.
Cathy Rentzenbrink is the author of a bestselling and stunning memoir called The Last Act of Love about the life and death of her brother. Cathy was still a teenager at the time and her happy family was torn apart by this unthinkable tragedy. In A Manual for Heartache she describes how she learnt to live with grief and loss and find joy in the world again.
Cathy was in conversation with Dr. Suzanne O’Sullivan.
Dr Suzanne O’Sullivan is the author of the It’s All in Your Head: True Stories of Imaginary Illness, winner of the 2016 Wellcome Book Prize. Dr Suzanne O’Sullivan is a consultant neurologist at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London.Tuesday 27th June 2017 7.30pm
Dulwich Village Street Tree Walk with Paul Wood
Paul Wood, author of London’s Street Trees: Field Guide to the Urban Forest came to Dulwich on Sunday morning 25th June for a glorious exploration of the street trees in Dulwich Village.
Well – they’re London planes, aren’t they? Everyone knows that? But what else lines our streets and road in Dulwich Village? In fact the magnificently green streets of London are in no way a monoculture.
Paul shared his knowledge of London street trees. You’ll never walk around the Village again without reflecting on the trees that line our beautiful streets.
We are planning another event this autumn, so watch out for that news.Sunday 25th June 2017 10am
Independent Bookshop celebration Saturday 24th June in Village Books
Saturday 24th June began a week long UK wide celebration of Independent Bookshops.
We welcomed John Gordon Sinclair, often known as Gordy, famous for Gregory’s Girl and now a best selling crime writer. Gordy discussed his “desert island books”. Gordy choose the 10 books that influenced him, shaped his career and gave him inspiration to become a writer.
Gordy also talked you about his latest book, Walk in Silence, a compelling kidnap featuring lawyer Keira Lynch who immediately becomes embroiled in trouble when she arrives in Albania.
Saturday 24th June 2017 11amVillage Books in Dulwich Village, 1d Calton Ave., Dulwich Village
Celebrate literary Italy with Lucy Foley & Louisa Young
Lucy Foley, author of The Invitation and Louisa Young, author of Devotion came to the bookshop on Tuesday 13th June to chat and discuss all things Italian. The evening began with delicious Italian wine and arancini throughout the evening.
The Invitation is a sweeping love story set during the 1950s in Italy, filled with mystery, glamour and danger.
‘A seductive love tale’ says the Sunday Times Style magazine.
Devotion is a novel of family, love, race and politics set during the electric change of the 1930s. The third book in the series set in the difficult years between the two World Wars, this is a novel of love, family, race and politics in the 1930s.
‘Young expertly weaves politics, race and loyalty into the family’s narrative’ says the ObserverTuesday 13th June 2017 7pm
Henry Hemming Talk
To celebrate the release of Henry Hemming’s latest book ‘M: Maxwell Knight, MI5’s Greatest Spymaster‘, the author came to Dulwich to talk about two remarkable female spies and the man who ran them: an animal-loving drop-out who went on to become MI5’s greatest spymaster.
This is the dramatic true story of a maverick MI5 officer who recruited two women in the 1930s to penetrate the British Communist movement. Their skillful, deft work led to the exposure of a Soviet spy-ring in the Woolwich Arsenal, a famous court case and one of them being hailed in America as ‘Britain’s counter-espionage heroine’.
Ben Macintrye says in his review of Henry’s book “Hemming has done a superb job of peeling back the layers covering this most veiled of spies”. “Impressive detective work. Read the full review here.Monday 5th June 2017 7pm
Marianne Kavanagh book launch celebrating Should You Ask Me
We were delighted to host the book launch to celebrate the publication of Marianne Kavanagh’s latest book SHOULD YOU ASK ME.
SHOULD YOU ASK ME is a captivating story about people at their worst and best: raw, rich, and utterly compelling. Just before D-Day in 1944, on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset, an elderly woman walks into a police station. She has information, she says, about human remains recently discovered nearby.
The bodies could have stayed buried for ever – like the pain and passion that put them there. But Mary Holmes is finally ready to tell the truth. The young constable sent to take her statement is still suffering from the injuries that ended his army career.
As he tries to make sense of her tale, William finds himself increasingly distracted. Mary’s confession forces his own violent memories to the surface – betrayals and regrets as badly healed as his war wounds. Over six days, as pressure builds for the final push in Europe, two lives reveal their secrets.Thursday 25th May 2017 6.30pm
Roger McGough + LiTTLe MACHiNe Poetry & Music Show
Roger McGough’s new show with Walter, Steve & Chris of LiTTLe MACHiNe featured a fine selection of vintage, classic & surprising poems set to music. It’s a gala gig that’s making waves! They came to James Alleyns Girls School for a wonderful evening of music and poetry.
Hilarious and surreal, McGough is a poet of many voices. Menace and melancholy there may be, but with plenty of McGough’s characteristic wit and wordplay too. Formed in 2009, LiTTLe MACHiNe set classic poems to music and perform them with energy, passion and humour. It’s poetry but not like you’ve heard or seen it before.
‘the most brilliant music and poetry band I’ve seen in decades’
Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate
‘LiTTLe MACHiNe’s sophisticated way with poetry made me fall in love with old and new favourites all over again. They make you laugh and break your heart.’ Gillian ClarkeMonday 22nd May 2017 7pm
Maggie O’Farrell at Alleyn's
In May Maggie O’Farrell came to Dulwich to discuss her writing. It was an absolutely fantastic event, over 200 ardent fans packed The Great Hall in Alleyns school as Hannah Beckerman interviewed her.
Maggie O’Farrell is the author of seven novels, including The Hand That First Held Mine, which won the 2010 Costa Novel Award, Instructions For A Heatwave, which was shortlisted for the 2013 Costa Novel Award, and This Must Be The Place.
Hannah Beckerman is an author and journalist. Her debut novel, The Dead Wife’s Handbook, is published by Penguin. She is a freelance features writer and book critic for The Observer, the FT Weekend Magazine and The Sunday ExpressThursday 18th May 2017 7.30pm
Ross Raisin at Dulwich Hamlet FC
Shortlist magazine and Village Books hosted Ross Raisin, in conversation at Dulwich Hamlet FC on Wednesday 5th April. Ross was chatting about his latest novel, A Natural.
A hugely popular event and run as a book+ticket deal we had 100% book sales conversion rate.
As one customer said on twitter “Thank you
@bookshopdulwich for the chance to hear and meet the hugely talented author Ross Raisin this evening”.Wednesday 5th April 2017 7.00pm
Flora Shedden Cake Decorating Demonstration ****SOLD OUT***
At a sold out event on Saturday 18th March Flora Shedden showed us how to decorate a cake brilliantly and without fuss and shared tips and advice’e Great British Bake Off.Saturday 18th March 2017 2pm
Robin Stevens in Village Books Dulwich Village
We were thrilled to welcome best-selling author Robin Stevens to Dulwich Village on Saturday 10th December 3pm-5pm.
Robin signed copies of Mistletoe and Murder – the latest adventure for Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong. Robin is such a lovely author, generous with her time and everyone a fantantic time.
If you’ve not read her books they are great reads, ideal for 8+.Saturday 10th December 2016
Chris Mullin's Hinterland
All serious politicians are supposed to possess a hinterland, but not all do. Chris Mullin was one who did. Chris was a Labour MP from 1987 until 2010 and served as a minister in three departments. His successful campaign to free the innocent people convicted of the Birmingham bombings was described as ‘one of the greatest feats ever achieved by an investigative reporter’.
Hinterland is the wry and revealing political memoir from the man behind the celebrated diaries A View From the Foothills, A Walk-On Part and Decline and Fall. A Very British Coup, his novel telling the story of an outsider elected as leader of the Labour party, is enjoying a resurgence. Chris will be talking about his life, both in and out of politics, and answering questions.
This was a highly entertaining, interesting and thought-provoking evening.Tuesday 22nd November 2016 7.30pm
Lauren Child - Blink and You Die
We were absolutely delighted to welcome back to Dulwich best-selling author Lauren Child. Her newest book is the series finale for Ruby Redfort. In Blink and You Die Ruby is running scared – a whole bunch of people want her dead, and worst of all, one of them is in her own team!
It was a fantastic event, Lauren was lovely and chatted with her fans, signed books and was up for photos. The Ruby Redfort series is hugely popular and if you have not read any we urge you to try one and you’ll be hooked.Thursday 17th November 2016 6.30pmAll Saints Church, Lovelace Road, West Dulwich, SE21 8JY
Village Books in Dulwich Village celebrates 20 years.
Hazel and Julian celebrated 20 years in 2016 of owning your local bookshop in Dulwich on Saturday 24th September with a fun day for all the family.
We also celebrated Julian’s retirement and a packed bookshop, sipping champagne toasted his new life in the West country.
The bookshop has existed on this site for over 90 years and been a stalwart of the Dulwich community. We thank you for supporting us for the last 20 years and very much look forward to serving you and the Dulwich community for the next twenty years or more…Saturday 24th September 2016 9am - 5.30pm
An Evening with Ruby Wax with Village Books in Dulwich Village
Ruby Wax, chatted with journalist Sarah Crompton about her new book A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled. ‘Five hundred years ago no-one died of stress: we have invented this concept and now we let it rule us, not to mention frazzle us’.
Outrageously witty, smart and accessible, Ruby Wax showed ordinary people how and why to change for good. With advice for adults, for children and for teenagers, A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled is the only guide you need for a healthier, happier life.
Portrait photography © Steve UllathorneFriday 15th January 2016 7.30pm
An Evening with Nigella with Village Books in Dulwich Village
We were delighted to welcome Nigella Lawson to Dulwich to celebrate publication of Simply Nigella, the first new book in three years from one of the nation’s favourite food writers. Tying in with a BBC2 television series, the book has recipes that are uncomplicated and relaxed for everything from quick suppers to stress-free crowd pleasers and sweet treats. It is the perfect antidote to our busy lives: a calm and glad celebration of food to soothe and uplift.
Nigella was in conversation with the award winning columnist of The Sunday Telegraph Diana Henry, best-selling author of A Bird in the Hand.
Portrait image ©Debra Hurford BrownTuesday 8th December 2015 7.30pm
An evening of Wine Tasting with Jancis Robinson OBE
Dulwich was delighted to welcome Jancis Robinson OBE and Master of Wine, described by Decanter as ‘the most respected wine critic and journalist in the world’.
The Oxford Companion to Wine was first published in 1994 to worldwide acclaim and has won every major wine book award. It has been extensively revised in a major new edition, the first in almost a decade. To celebrate its publication we tasted wines chosen by Jancis from local supplier, Dulwich Vintners. The wines were chosen to illustrate how much the world of wine has changed since the last edition was published in 2006.Friday 27th November 2015 7.30pm
Meet Edmund de Waal
EDMUND DE WAAL is one of the world’s leading ceramic artists. His best-selling memoir, The Hare with Amber Eyes was described as “a masterpiece” by the Sunday Times and “the most enchanting history lesson imaginable” by the New Yorker.
In his new book, The White Road, he travels the globe to tell the story of his obsession with porcelain and the lure it held for the Europeans who encountered it. The journey begins in China and travels through Venice, Versailles, Dublin, Dresden, South Carolina and the hills of Cornwall to tell the history of porcelain. Woven into this is an intimate memoir of his life as a potter, and his deepening understanding of the ‘white gold’ he has worked with for over 45 years.
In our event with Edmund he talked about his new book and answered questions.Thursday 8th October 2015 7.30pm
An evening with Tom Holland
TOM HOLLAND is the award winning and bestselling author of Rubicon, Persian Fire, Millenium and In the Shadow of the Sword. In Rubicon, described by Ian McEwan as “Narrative history at its best”, Tom recounted the final 100 years of the Roman Republic. In his new work, Dynasty, he returns to that era, telling the story of the House of Caesar with its gallery of leading characters: Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius and finally Nero.
Dynasty is as riveting as Rubicon and we were delighted to welcome Tom to Dulwich to celebrate its publication. Tom talked about his work, answered questions, and signed copies of Dynasty.Thursday 24th September 2015 7:30pm
How to Train Your Dragon with Cressida Cowell
Cressida Cowell, the bestselling author and illustrator of the wildly popular series, How To Train Your Dragon (also a blockbuster film series), came to Dulwich to talk about the LAST book in the series, How to Fight a Dragon’s Fury.
Cressida was absoulely brilliant and hilarous. The audience, a mixture of families got top tips on becoming an author or illustrator, listened to the behind-the-scenes details about how the books became films, and learnt some Dragonese.Sunday 13th September 2015 3PM
An evening of Cooking & Conversation with Rick Stein
One of our favourite TV chefs came back to Dulwich for a sell out event with a memorable new food odyssey as he explores the flavours of the Eastern Mediterranean. His new book, From Venice to Istanbul, accompanies a major BBC TWO series and takes us on a mouth-watering journey from Venice through Greece, Croatia and Albania to Turkey and beyond.
Rick Stein is a vivacious and captivating speaker and this was an extremely entertaining evening as he demonstrated dishes from the book and answered questions from the audience.Thursday 3rd September 2015 7.30pm
A brilliant and fun evening was had with Tim Moore and Ned Boulting
Tim Moore, described by The Observer as “the world’s funniest travel writer”, celebrated the publication of The Cyclist Who Went Out in the Cold. Following the success of Geronimo and French Revolutions Tim has turned his attention to the Iron Curtain and sets off to cycle its 9000km route – on a tiny-wheeled, two-geared East German shopping bike. The resultant book is laugh-out-loud funny.
Tim was chatting with Ned Boulting, the well respected author and sports journalist, and even had his shopping bike with him! It was a highly entertaining evening, just for cyclists.
The event took place in The Great Hall at Alleyn’s, Townley Road, Dulwich SE22 8SU
Michael Palin - Author Event
Michael Palin is a scriptwriter, comedian, novelist, actor, playwright and television presenter. We were delighted to welcome him to Dulwich to celebrate the publication of Travelling to Work: Diaries 1988-1998 – the third volume of his widely acclaimed diaries. The book covers the years from 1988 when Michael embarked on Around the World in 80 Days, the first of his hugely successful travel series.
Image by John SwannellThursday 27th November 2014 7.30pm
Books are my Bag with Jo Brand
Books Are My Bag is a nationwide celebration of real bookshops – and now in its 2nd year we were thrilled that Jo Brand offered to step behind the till and help out. Jo was hilarous and incredibly generous with her time. Along with sharing her “Desert Island Books”, Jo served behind the till in her own inimitable style.Saturday 11th October 2014 3.30pm - 5.30pmVillage Books
Chris Riddell - Author Event
We were delighted to welcome Chris Riddell, author and illustrator of the fabulous Ottoline books to Dulwich. Chris came into the shop to celebrate his latest book: Goth Girl and the Fete Worse Than Death, the second in the series.Thursday 2nd October 2014 3.30 - 5.30pmVillage Books
Conversation & Cooking with Yotam Ottolenghi
Yotam Ottolenghi came to Dulwich for an evening of conversation and cooking to celebrate publication of his new book. Plenty More picked up where Plenty left off with 120 more dazzling vegetable-based dishes, including Alfonso mango and curried chickpea salad, Candy beetroot with lentils, and even desserts such as Roasted rhubarb with sweet labneh.
He was fantastic and chatted away whilst chopping vegetables and was hugely popular with the audience. We had over a 50% conversion rate of book sales v audience numbers.Thursday 18th September 2014 7.30pm
Skulduggery Event with Derek Landy
Derek Landy returned to Dulwich for the ninth and shocking, heart-wrenching book in the jaw-droppingly stupendous Skulduggery Pleasant series!Friday 5th September 2014 6.30pmSt Barnabas Parish Hall, Dulwich
An Evening with Mary Berry
Village Books, Dulwich, in association with Alleyn’s School, were proud to present an evening with Mary Berry. The much-loved judge of the BBC’s The Great British Bake Off talked about and signed copies of her new book Mary Berry Cooks.Thursday 20th March 2014 7.30pmAlleyn's Great Hall