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An Evening with Elinor Lipman - CANCELLED
We are sorry to cancel this event – Elinor has taken the sensible step of not travelling to London in the current uncertain times. We hope to be able to reschedule at a future date. If you bought tickets you should receive a refund over the next few days – any problems do get in touch with us. Elinor’s two latest titles are in stock in the bookshop and we’d recommend them as excellent books to cheer your day.
The Washington Post described Elinor as “an enchanting, infinitely witty yet serious, exceptionally intelligent, wholly original, and Austen-like stylist”
Elinor Lipman is the award-winning author of eleven novels, including The View from Penthouse B and The Inn at Lake Devine; one essay collection, I Can’t Complain; and Tweet Land of Liberty. She lives in New York City.
Tickets £10 (includes a glass of wine)
Book tickets HERETuesday 17th March 2020 7.30pmBell House, 27 College Rd, Dulwich, London, SE21 7BG
This Too Shall Pass: Stories of Change, Crisis and New Beginnings with Julia Samuel
If change is the natural order of things, why do many of us feel ill-equipped to deal with it?
‘Time and again, I have witnessed the limitless creative ways in which we anaesthetise pain, but trying to avoid unhappiness means it will last longer. Pain is the agent of change: if we build walls around it, it remains untouched and alive inside us, slowly contaminating our other feelings. But if we accept the agent of change, and learn how to adapt, we will have the energy and confidence to take the next step.’ Julia Samuel
We live in a culture of limitless choice – and life is now more complex than ever. In This Too Shall Pass, acclaimed psychotherapist Julia Samuel draws on hours of conversations with her patients to show how we can learn to adapt and thrive during our most difficult and transformative experiences. Illuminated by the latest social and psychological research, This Too Shall Pass unflinchingly deals with the hard times in family, love, work, health and identity. These powerful, unforgettable and deeply intimate stories about everyday people will inform our understanding of our own unique response to change and enlighten the way we approach challenges at every stage of life.
Julia Samuel MBE is a leading psychotherapist and one of the UK’s leading counsellors. Seeing over 20 clients every week, she has worked in private practice and with the NHS for the last thirty years and is Founding Patron of Child Bereavement UK. Julia is the bestselling author of Grief Works. She’s been featured on Desert Island Discs and has been interviewed on National TV.
Book tickets HEREWednesday 11th March 2020 7.30pmThe Lower School Atrium, Alleyn's School, Townley Road, East Dulwich SE22 8SU
Robin Stevens: Murder Most Unladylike
Village Books and James Allen’s Girls’ School are delighted to welcome bestselling author Robin Stevens back to Dulwich!
Robin will be talking about her bestselling series Murder Most Unladylike including her new book Top Marks For Murder.
Daisy and Hazel are finally back at Deepdean, and the school is preparing for a most exciting event: the fiftieth Anniversary. Plans for a weekend of celebrations are in full swing. But all is not well…Beanie witnesses a shocking incident in the woods close by – a crime that Daisy and Hazel are sure is linked to the Anniversary. As parents descend upon Deepdean, decades-old grudges, rivalries and secrets begin to surface, and soon Deepdean’s future is at stake. Can the girls solve the case – and save their home?
Robin will also be discussing her World Book Day title The Case of the Drowned Pearl. On holiday at the seaside, the girls discover a body on the beach. They soon realise this is Antonia Braithwaite: a famous swimmer, nicknamed The Pearl, who was due to compete at the Berlin Olympics next month. It appears she has accidentally drowned in the sea – but it’s odd that this should happen to such a strong swimmer. Even more mysteriously, she smells not of the sea, but of Pears soap. Rushing back to their hotel, Daisy and Hazel discover several suspicious guests who all had reason to murder Antonia . . .
Robin Stevens was born in California and grew up in an Oxford college, across the road from the house where Alice in Wonderland lived. When she was twelve, her father handed her a copy of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and she realised that she wanted to be either Hercule Poirot or Agatha Christie when she grew up.
Robin is now a full-time author who lives in Oxford with her husband and her pet bearded dragon, Watson.
Tickets £10/£8 for under 18s
Book tickets HERESunday 1st March 2020 3pmVWA, James Allen's Girls' School, 144 East Dulwich Grove, London, SE22 8TE
The Mercies with Kiran Millwood Hargrave
We’re always thrilled to find a brilliant new novelist to introduce and we’re delighted to be bringing a huge new talent to Dulwich. Kiran Millwood Hargrave is an award-winning poet, playwright and children’s novelist. Her first novel for adults The Mercies is being published by Picador in February.
Inspired by the real events of the Vardø storm and the 1620 witch trials, The Mercies is a breath-taking story of love, evil, and obsession, at the ever dark edge of civilisation. On Christmas Eve, 1617, the sea around the remote Norwegian island of Vardø is thrown into a reckless storm. As Maren Magnusdatter watches, forty fishermen, including her father and brother, are lost to the waves, the menfolk of Vardø wiped out in an instant. Now the women must fend, and fish, for themselves.
The novel has been widely praised in advance of its publication: “The Mercies took my breath away. A beautifully rendered portrait of a community, a landscape, a relationship, I read it with equal parts hope and dread. Kiran has masterfully built up an incredible claustrophobic atmosphere, shot through with delicate intimacy. On finishing it I pressed the book to me, hoping to absorb some of her skill.” – Tracy Chevalier, author of The Girl with the Pearl Earring.
Kiran will be talking about her work and the writing process – join us for what promises to be a fascinating insight to one of the year’s most talked about novels.
Tickets £10 (to include a glass of wine)
Book tickets hereThursday 27th February 2020 7.30pmBell House, 27 College Road, Dulwich, SE21 7BG
Eat Green with Melissa Hemsley
We’re delighted to launch our 2020 events programme with a return visit from one of our favourite food writers, Melissa Hemsley. Melissa will be talking about her fabulous new cookbook Eat Green, a flexitarian approach to cooking designed to help you produce delicious meals, with minimum fuss and maximum flavour. The recipes are flexible so you can add meat in or take it out, making the book suitable for meat-eaters and vegetarians alike. If you want to eat more healthily with less waste, this is the perfect book to get you started. But don’t just take our word for it:
‘A delicious and much needed nudge towards a healthier and more sustainable kitchen’ Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
‘In this beautiful book, Melissa joyfully guides the reader through the small changes that really can make a big difference. The recipes are bright, unfussy and delicious – Melissa’s passion is infectious. More than a recipe book, this is a guide for how to shop and eat now!‘ Skye Gyngell
Come and hear how Melissa will help you shop smart, waste less and make a difference. Melissa Hemsley is one-half of the bestselling Hemsley Sisters, the authors of The Art of Eating Well and Good + Simple. She is a Vogue columnist and runs Sustainability Sessions that complement her Eat Think Grow columns for Vogue.
Book tickets hereWednesday 12th February 2020 7.30pmBell House, 27 College Road, Dulwich, SE21 7BG
Checkpoint Charlie: The Cold War, the Berlin Wall and the Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Iain MacGregor
Published to coincide with the thirtieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie is a vivid and poignant exploration of the history of the Berlin Wall and the wider conflict it came to symbolise.
East Germany committed a billion dollars to the creation of the Berlin Wall in the early 1960s, an eleven-foot-high barrier consisting of seventy-nine miles of fencing, 300 watchtowers, 250 guard dog runs, twenty bunkers, operated around the clock by guards who shot to kill. Over the next twenty-eight years, at least five thousand people attempted to smash through it, swim across it, tunnel under it, or fly over it.
In November 1989, the East German leadership buckled in the face of a civil revolt that culminated in half a million East Berliners demanding an end to the ban on free movement. The world’s media flocked to capture the moment which, perhaps more than any other, signalled the end of the Cold War. Checkpoint Charlie had been the epicentre of global conflict for nearly three decades.
Checkpoint Charlie includes never-before-heard interviews with the men who built it; the families who tried to cross it; the soldiers who guarded the checkpoints; and many more.
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Tickets £8 (includes a glass of wine)Thursday 21st November 2019 7.30pmBell House, 27 College Rd, Dulwich, London, SE21 7BG
Cruickshank’s London: A portrait of a City in 20 Walks with Dan Cruickshank
Join Village Books and Alleyn’s School Enterprises for an evening with one of Britain’s best loved historians, Dan Cruickshank. Dan will be talking about his new book Cruickshank’s London where he vividly describes some of the historic walks that span North, East, South and West London. As he tours the city, Dan Cruickshank uncovers the forgotten stories that shaped the districts we all thought we knew: from the mysterious Celtic origins of Hampstead Heath, via the West Ham churches inscribed with the occult symbols of the Knights Templar, to the features of Tower Bridge that were included to appease Queen Victoria’s infamous temper.
Cruickshank’s London is not just a walking guide: it is a love letter to a city whose history immerses and inspires anyone who passes through.
Dan Cruickshank is an architectural historian and television presenter. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, a member of the Executive Committee of the Georgian Group, and on the Architectural Panel of the National Trust. His recent work includes the BBC television programmes Civilisation Under Attack (2015) and At Home with the British (2016), and the books A History of Architecture in 100 Buildings (2015) and Spitalfields (2016). He lives in London.
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This event is in partnership with Alleyn’s School EnterprisesMonday 11th November 2019 7.30pmThe Great Hall, Alleyn's School, Townley Road, East Dulwich SE22 8SU
My Penguin Year: Life with the Emperors by Lindsay McCrae
Lindsay McCrae is an award-winning cameraman. His passion for wildlife filming began at the age of fourteen when he wrote to BBC Springwatch and encouraged them to come and film near his home in the Lake District. To his delight, they did! He then took out a loan from his Mother to buy his first camera and secured an internship with the film crew from Springwatch.
Since then his career has taken off, culminating in the TV documentary Dynasties about emperor penguins, narrated by Sir David Attenborough and watched by eight million people in November 2018.
Lindsay spent an extraordinary year in the Antarctic living alongside the most resilient creatures in nature. He endured unimaginable weather conditions and witnessed behaviour new to science, all the while living isolated on an Antarctic ice shelf for an entire winter that lasts eight months. And finally, how could anyone forget the intervention he and the crew took to save the penguins from death in the storm?
My Penguin Year is Lindsay’s story and the culmination of a childhood dream. An event for all the family, Lindsay will be discussing his extraordinary journey and sharing some stories and photographs of his expedition to film the incredible emperor penguins – from a frost bitten nose to near impossible journeys across a harsh landscape, and being over 15,000 km from home with no way back for a whole year. This event is suitable for the whole family – budding cameramen and camerawomen welcome!
This event is in partnership with James Allen’s Girls’ School.
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Tickets £10/£8Sunday 3rd November 2019 3pmVWA Auditorium, James Allen's Girls' School, 144 East Dulwich Grove, London, SE22 8TE
The Street Trees of Dulwich: Guided Walk with Paul Wood
Join Paul Wood, author of London is a Forest and London’s Street Trees, for a guided walk through Dulwich Village. Learn the stories behind the trees we find in the village that we all know and love. From Himalayan Birch to Persian Silk and Dogwoods, you will learn about the wonderful array of native and exotic trees that line our streets.
This circular guided walk will start and finish at Village Books (Dulwich Village) and will follow a route around the village. On returning to Village Books, there will be tea, coffee and cake. Paul will also be signing copies of his new book London Is A Forest.
In London Is A Forest Paul explores the city’s urban nature and looks at the remarkable variety of life supported in this unique metropolitan ecosystem.
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Tickets £6 (includes tea, coffee, and cake in Village Books after the guided walk)Sunday 13th October 2019 10amVillage Books, 1d Calton Avenue, Dulwich Village, SE21 7DE
An Evening with Simon Jenkins: A Short History of London
LONDON: a settlement founded by the Romans, occupied by the Saxons, conquered by the Danes and ruled by the Normans. This unremarkable place – not even included in the Domesday Book – became a medieval maze of alleys and courtyards, later to be chequered with grand estates of Georgian splendour. It swelled with industry and became the centre of the largest empire in history. And rising from the rubble of the Blitz, it is now one of the greatest cities in the world.
From the prehistoric occupants of the Thames Valley to the preoccupied commuters of today, Simon Jenkins brings together the key events, individuals and trends in London’s history to create a matchless portrait of the capital. He masterfully explains the battles behind the way London was conceived and built – and especially the perennial conflict between money and power.
Fascinating for locals and visitors alike, this is narrative history at its finest, from the most ardent protector of our heritage.
Simon Jenkins is author of the bestselling A Short History of England, A Short History of Europe, Britain’s 100 Best Railway Stations, England’s Thousand Best Churches and England’s Thousand Best Houses. He is a former Editor of the Evening Standard and The Times, and columnist for the Guardian.
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This event is in partnership with Alleyn’s School EnterprisesThursday 10th October 2019 7.30pmThe MCT at Alleyn's, Townley Road, East Dulwich SE22 8SU
An Evening of Wine Tasting with Jancis Robinson
Join Village Books and Alleyn’s School Enterprises for an evening of wine tasting and discussion with wine critic Jancis Robinson. Jancis will be returning to Dulwich to discuss how the world of wine has changed since 2013 when the last edition of the World Atlas of Wine was published and talking about the 8th edition of the World Atlas of Wine, co-authored with Hugh Johnson. Jancis has chosen six wines from Dulwich Vintners to taste and discuss.
The World Atlas of Wine is recognized by critics as the essential and most authoritative wine reference work available. This eighth edition will bring readers, both old and new, up to date with the world of wine. With beautiful photography throughout, Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson have created a classic that no wine lover can afford to be without.
Jancis Robinson was voted the world’s most influential wine critic in polls in the US, France and internationally in 2018. Jancis was the first person outside the wine trade to qualify as a Master of Wine, in 1984. She was awarded an OBE in 2003 by Her Majesty the Queen, on whose cellar she now advises.
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Standard Ticket: £30Tuesday 8th October 2019 7.30pmThe Great Hall, Alleyn's School, Townley Road, East Dulwich SE22 8SU
Chinese Cooking with Ching-He Huang
Join us for an evening of chat and food demonstration with chef and bestselling author Ching-He Huang. Ching will be demonstrating recipes from her new book Wok On: Deliciously Balanced Meals in 30 Minutes or Less.
Perfect for sautéing, braising, frying and steaming, cooking with a wok is a way of life all over Asia. In Wok On, Ching celebrates the huge versatility of this magical 2,000-year-old cooking pot with fast, fresh and fun dishes that are simple enough for every day as well as every cook.
Created with nutrition, taste and affordability in mind, the recipes focus on the techniques you may not have considered when using your wok and include everything from dumplings and curries to stir-fries and soups.
A stunning and accessible guide, Wok On includes recipes that range from Thai Green Sweet Potato Curry, to Saucy Mushroom and Ginger Tofu, Japanese Rice Omelette, Vegan Pho, Taiwanese Seafood Pancake and Golden Macanese Cod. It will inspire both stir-fry lovers and the novice alike.
Ching-He Huang was born in Taipei, Taiwan. An Emmy-nominated TV chef, her culinary ethos is to use fresh, organic, ethically sourced ingredients to create modern dishes that fuse Chinese tradition with innovation. Her TV series include Chinese Food Made Easy, Chinese Food in Minutes, Exploring China and Ching’s Amazing Asia. She is the author of eight cookbooks and appears regularly on TV including ITV’s This Morning and BBC’s Saturday Kitchen.
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Tickets£10/£8Tuesday 1st October 2019 7.30pmThe MCT at Alleyn's, Townley Road, East Dulwich SE22 8SU
Tracy Chevalier - A Single Thread
Tracy Chevalier is the author of ten novels, including At the Edge of the Orchard, Remarkable Creatures and Girl with a Pearl Earring, an international bestseller that has sold over five million copies.
Join Village Books and Alleyn’s School Enterprises on Thursday 26th September where Tracy will be talking about her new novel A Single Thread, her first novel set in the UK since Remarkable Creatures.
It is 1932, and the losses of the First World War are still keenly felt. Violet Speedwell, mourning for both her fiancé and her brother and regarded by society as a ‘surplus woman’ unlikely to marry, resolves to escape her suffocating mother and strike out alone.
A new life awaits her in Winchester. Yes, it is one of draughty boarding-houses and sidelong glances at her naked ring finger from younger colleagues; but it is also a life gleaming with independence and opportunity. Violet falls in with the broderers, a disparate group of women charged with embroidering kneelers for the Cathedral, and is soon entwined in their lives and their secrets. As the almost unthinkable threat of a second Great War appears on the horizon Violet collects a few secrets of her own that could just change everything.
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This event is in partnership with Alleyn’s School EnterprisesThursday 26th September 2019 7.30pmThe Great Hall, Alleyn's School, Townley Road, East Dulwich SE22 8SU
The Super Tutor by Joe Norman
Joe Norman has been a tutor for over 15 years. For him, education is what you still remember when you have forgotten everything else. What ideas have stayed with you from the classroom? How do you write an essay? How do you read a poem?
Whether you are still a student or long finished with formal education, The Super Tutor offers a first-class schooling for anyone who wants to learn – the kind of learning that will stay with you a lifetime. Drawing on his experience of tutoring, Joe Norman will share his top seven essential and imaginative lessons, including: how to write, how to read, common mistakes and, most importantly, how to think. Stripping away grades, praise, university places or examiners, this book celebrates the love of learning things for their own sake.
Joe Norman won an assisted place at Winchester College, and studied at Oxford University.
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Tickets £10/8Wednesday 18th September 2019 7.30pmLower School, Alleyn's School, Townley Road, East Dulwich SE22 8SU
Jon Sopel: A Year at the Circus, Inside Trump's White House SOLD OUT
As the BBC’s North America Editor, Jon Sopel covered the 2016 election and Trump’s White House at first hand. Join Village Books and Dulwich College Enterprises for an evening with Jon where he will be discussing his new book A Year at the Circus: Inside Trump’s White House, and the impact Trump’s presidency has had on the most iconic of American institutions.
You are invited to step inside the Oval Office where Trump called for loyalty from FBI Director James Comey, and experience life as a reporter in the Briefing Room, where the tense relationship between the media and the President is played out. Guiding you through these rooms, Jon reveals the inner workings of the Trump White House and details the key moments and conversations that have unfolded within its walls.
From Kim Jong-un and Kavanaugh to Merkel and the Mueller Inquiry – this is your insider guide to the Washington Circus. Roll up, roll up …
Jon Sopel has been the BBC’s North America Editor since 2014, reporting for the BBC across TV, radio, and online. As a member of the White House Press Corps, he has accompanied both President Obama and President Trump on Air Force One and interviewed President Obama at the White House. He is the author of the If Only They Didn’t Speak English: Notes from Trump’s America.
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Concession £8Sunday 15th September 2019 7pmThe George Farha Auditorium, Dulwich College, Dulwich, SE21 7LD
The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal
An intoxicating tale of art, obsession and possession, The Doll Factory is set in London in 1850/51, and tells the story of Iris, an apprentice doll-maker who dreams of being a painter, and of Silas, a curiosity collector enchanted by the strange and beautiful with ambitions of founding a museum dedicated to his macabre obsessions.
The Great Exhibition is being constructed in Hyde Park, and two people meet among the crowd. For Iris, it is the encounter of a moment, forgotten seconds later, but for Silas, the meeting marks a new beginning. When Iris is asked to model from the Pre-Raphaelite artist Louis Frost, she agrees on the condition that he will also teach her to paint, and suddenly her world begins to expand, to become a place of the new dual freedoms of art and love. But Silas has thought of one thing only since that chance encounter, and his obsession is darkening.
Elizabeth Macneal is a professional potter, working out of a small studio at the bottom of her garden, and her work is sold in the Wallace Collection and Botanique Workshop, among others. In 2017, Elizabeth completed the Creative Writing MA at UEA, with the opening chapters of The Doll Factory forming her dissertation, and where she was awarded the Malcolm Bradbury Scholarship.
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Tickets £10 (Includes a glass of wine)Tuesday 11th June 2019 7.30pm
Meet the QCs - Tom Grant and William Clegg
Join Village Books and Alleyn’s School Enterprises for an evening with two leading barristers who will be discussing their books and their work.
Court Number One by Tom Grant details some of the trials of the most famous and infamous defendants of the twentieth century including Madame Fahmy, Ruth Ellis, Jeremy Thorpe and Ian Huntley. Grant will be talking about some of the cases from the book and also discussing the decline of a society built on deference and discretion, the tensions brought by a more permissive society and the rise of trial by mass media.
William Clegg QC’s book Under the Wig is a memoir by the QC who has fought some of the biggest murder trials in Britain. Clegg will be talking about his most intriguing trials, from the acquittal of Colin Stagg to the shooting of Jill Dando, to the man given life because of an ear print. All the while he lays bare the secrets of his profession, from the rivalry among barristers to the nervous moments before a verdict comes back, and how our right to a fair trial is now at risk.
BOOK TICKETS HEREWednesday 5th June 2019 7.30pm
Confessions of a Bad Mother: The Teenage Years By Stephanie Calman
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We imagine the teenage years as a sort of domestic meteor strike, when our dear, sweet child, hitherto so trusting and innocent, is suddenly replaced by a sarcastic know-all who cruelly disregards the important wisdom we have to pass on. But with her characteristic unflinching honesty and bracing wit, Stephanie Calman debunks that myth.
Stephanie takes a fresh look at the whole process of the teenage years and finds that her teenagers are frequently thinking and feeling the same thing as she is: that the other person has all the power and basically hates them.
And having nurtured them through every stage of development, from walking to school by themselves to their first hangover, she finds herself dreading the separation – feeling bereaved even – as they skip off to university without a second glance.
Stephanie will be talking to her husband Peter Grimsdale about her new book and how to navigate the teenage years.
Stephanie Calman is the founder of the ground-breaking Bad Mothers Club website and the author of six previous books including the bestselling Confessions of a Bad Mother . She created the hit Channel 4 sitcom Dressing For Breakfast and has appeared on many TV shows including Have I Got News For You and The Wright Stuff . She has also written for most British newspapers and magazines including the Daily Telegraph, Observer, Guardian, Cosmopolitan, GQ and Harpers & Queen, and has contributed to a wide variety of radio programmes, including Woman’s Hour and The Today Programme.
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Tickets £10 (includes a glass of wine)Wednesday 15th May 2019 7.30pm
Bazaar with Sabrina Ghayour
Join us for an evening of chat and food demonstration with bestselling author of Persiana: Sabrina Ghayour. Sabrina will be returning to Dulwich to demonstrate some of the recipes from her new book Bazaar: Vibrant Vegetarian Recipes.
In Bazaar, Sabrina brings her trademark passion for strong flavours and simple ingredients to a collection of delicious vegetarian recipes. A lifelong carnivore, Sabrina has ensured these recipes really pack a punch that guarantee even the most die-hard meat eaters won’t feel like anything is missing. Packed full of easy-to-achieve flavours and depth, each recipe utilizes the abundance of varied flavour profiles of the East, from spices, herbs and perfumed aromatics to hearty staples such as grains and pulses, combined with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.
Sabrina will be talking to Guardian Food Journalist Felicity Cloake.
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This event is in partnership with Alleyn’s School Enterprises.Tuesday 7th May 2019 7.30pm
Hard Pushed: A Midwife's Story
Join Village Books and Alleyn’s School Enterprises for an evening with Leah Hazard, an NHS Midwife who will be talking about her new book Hard Pushed: A Midwife’s Story
Leah Hazard’s life on the NHS frontline, working within a maternity system at breaking point, is more extreme than you could ever imagine. From the bloody to the beautiful, from moments of vulnerability to remarkable displays of human strength, from camaraderie to raw desperation, from heart-wrenching grief to the pure, perfect joy of a new-born baby, Leah has seen it all. Through her eyes, we meet Eleanor, whose wife is a walking miracle of modern medicine, their baby a feat of reproductive science; Crystal, pregnant at just fifteen, the precarious, flickering life within her threatening to come far too soon; Mrs Bhatti, who insists that Leah simply must write her own elaborate thank-you card; and Pei Hsuan, who has travelled hundreds of miles to somehow find herself at the open door of Leah’s ward.
Hard Pushed is for fans of Adam Kay’s This is Going to Hurt and Christie Watson’s The Language of Kindness, and tells the story of life at the frontline of the maternity ward.
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This event is in partnership with Alleyn’s School Enterprises.Wednesday 1st May 2019 7.30pm
Sir Ivan Rogers on Brexit
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“Remember the words of Ivan Rogers the next time you hear some posh boy in a suit telling you ‘no deal’ wouldn’t hurt at all and might even be a jolly good thing.” J.K. Rowling
Two and a half years after Britain voted to leave the European Union, the political debate over Brexit seems as intense and as complicated as ever. Who and what can we trust, and how on earth do we make sense of it all? Ivan Rogers is uniquely placed to tell some home truths about the failure of the British political class and the flaws, dishonesty and confusion inherent in the UK’s approach to Brexit so far.
Ivan will be talking about the ideas in his book 9 Lessons in Brexit. This event is for anyone who wants to understand what has been going on and what our post-Brexit outcomes can be, if they are to be based on anything other than wishful thinking.
“Ivan Rogers on blistering form, setting out the unpalatable truths of Brexit that effectively got him sacked as our man in Brussels.” George Parker, Political Editor, The Financial Times
Ivan Rogers is a former British civil servant, he was Principal Private Secretary to Tony Blair from 2003 to 2006, and served David Cameron as Prime Minister’s Adviser for Europe and Global Issues from 2012 to 2013. From 2013 to 2017, he was the UK’s Permanent Representative to the EU and was the UK’s most senior negotiator with other Member States and the European institutions. Since his resignation in 2017, Rogers has not spoken publicly. Now he shares his experience and knowledge ahead of Britain’s scheduled March 29 exit date from the EU.
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Tickets £10/8Wednesday 27th March 2019 7.30pm
Meet Andy Griffiths!
Andy Griffiths, author of THE TREEHOUSE books will be at Village Books on Wednesday 27th March from 4pm to 5pm.
Come along to meet Andy and get your favourite Treehouse books signed!
Andy will also be signing copies of his new book The Treehouse Fun Book 3Wednesday 27th March 2019 4pmVillage Books, 1D Calton Avenue, Dulwich, SE21 7DE
Farrow and Ball: Recipes for Decorating with Joa Studholme
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Joa Studholme has worked for Farrow & Ball for 23 years and creates colour schemes for more than 4,500 rooms per year. In Recipes for Decorating she shares her unrivalled experience by offering a wide range of precise colour ‘recipes’ for successful decorating schemes, showing exactly which of Farrow & Ball’s internationally renowned paint colours work well together, whatever your decorating style.
Joa will be talking about how to select the right range of colours for your home, how colour can create a harmonious room, and how to combine colour with light and space to get the most of out of every area.
‘The different choices that people make in their decorating never cease to amaze and delight me. And thank goodness for that – the world would be a far duller place if we all liked the same things. So in the book we have included sleek, ultra-modern rooms, farmhouse rooms, diminutive and huge rooms – all very personal in style but all decorated with love’ – Joa Studholme
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Tickets £10 (includes a glass of wine)Tuesday 26th March 2019 7.30pm
War Doctor: Surgery on the Front Line with Dr David Nott
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David Nott is a consultant surgeon for the NHS but for more than twenty five years, he has taken unpaid leave from his job to volunteer in some of the world’s most dangerous war zones. From Sarajevo under siege in 1993, to clandestine hospitals in rebel-held eastern Aleppo, he has carried out life-saving operations and field surgery in the most challenging conditions, and with none of the resources of a major London teaching hospital. Driven both by compassion, the desire to help others and the thrill of extreme personal danger, David is now widely acknowledged to be the most experienced trauma surgeon in the world. War Doctor is his extraordinary story.
David’s interview on Radio 4 Desert Island Discs in 2016 was one of the most popular and moving episodes of the series. The BBC’s Kate Humble said “Kirsty Young interviewing David Nott on Desert Island Discs is one of the most beautiful pieces of radio ever. Listen to a three minute soundbite here. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p03x0tm9
David Nott was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2012 Birthday Honours and in 2016 he received the Robert Burns Humanitarian Award and the Pride of Britain Award. He lives in London with his wife and two daughters. War Doctor is his first book.
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Tickets £10/8Wednesday 13th March 2019 7.30pm
Three Best-selling Novelists on How and Why They Write
Join Village Books and Alleyn’s School Enterprises for an evening with three fabulous novelists.
Ruth Hogan’s debut novel The Keeper of Lost Things was a Sunday Times Bestseller, and has sold over 800,000 copies since publication. Her latest novel Queenie Malone’s Paradise Hotel is a story about mothers and daughters, families and secrets, and the astonishing power of friendship.
Hannah Beckerman’s novel If Only I Could Tell You has been gathering praise from authors including Marian Keyes, Jojo Moyes, John Boyne, Kate Mosse and Erin Kelly. If Only I Could Tell You is a life affirming novel with a secret that will break your heart and an ending that will put it together again.
Harriet Evans is the author of Sunday Times bestselling novels The Butterfly Summer and A Place For Us. Harriet’s latest novel, The Wildflowers, was a Richard and Judy Book Club pick for 2018 and has praised by authors such as Sophie Kinsella, Lesley Pearce and India Knight. The Wildflowers is an epic tale of family secrets, lies and memories of those perfect summer days. Harriet’s new novel, The Garden of Lost and Found, will be out in April.
Harriet, Ruth and Hannah will be talking about their novels, how and why they write, and much more!Tuesday 5th March 2019 7.30pm
An Homage to P.G. Wodehouse: Jeeves and the King of Clubs by Ben Schott
Join bestselling author Ben Schott as he discusses his new novel based on the work of P G Wodehouse: Jeeves and the King of Clubs.
‘Vibrates with the spirit and rhythms of Wodehouse’s heart.’
‘A delight to read’ Observer
Storm clouds loom over Europe. Treason is afoot in the highest social circles. The very security of the nation is in peril. Jeeves, it transpires, has long been an agent of British Intelligence, but now His Majesty’s Government must turn to the one man who can help . . . Bertie Wooster.
In this magnificent new homage to P. G. Wodehouse, Ben Schott leads Jeeves and Wooster on an uproarious adventure of espionage through the secret corridors of Whitehall, the sunlit lawns of Brinkley Court, and the private clubs of St James’s, complete with an unforgettable cast of characters – old and new.
Fully approved by the Wodehouse Estate, Jeeves and the King of Clubs is faithful to the history and personality of Wodehouse’s characters – but casts them in new roles and era, with hilarious results.
Ben will be in conversation with Dr Spence, Master of Dulwich College.
Ben Schott is a journalist, public speaker and brand strategist. He lives in London and the US. This is his first novel. Schott is the author of Schott’s Original Miscellany. A number one bestseller in the UK, within months and three more Miscellanies followed.
P.G. Wodehouse wrote around seventy novels and some three hundred short stories over seventy-three years. Wodehouse spent many happy years at Dulwich College and remained devoted to the College for his entire life.
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This event is in partnership with Dulwich College Enterprises.Tuesday 26th February 2019 7.30pm
Gin & Giggles with The Midults
Join Village Books and The Midults for an evening of gin and giggles! Founders Annabel Rivkin and Emilie McMeekan will be discussing their new book I’m Absolutely Fine! A Manual for Imperfect Women. They’ll be offering a wry, heartfelt and edgy look at what it is to be a grown-up woman : with all the anxiety and potential, all the fun and dysfunction woven through every minute of every day.
I’m absolutely fine but I slightly need to pee, I followed the road less travelled and now I don’t know where the hell I am, I just ate the fridge, my sock is slipping off inside my shoe, another week has ended without me becoming accidentally rich, my jeans hate me, unexpected object in the bagging area, I’ll have a café mocha vodka Valium latte to go please, where’s my phone? My anxieties have anxieties, no… not like that – here, I’ll do it, do I have to do everything?
Annabel and Emilie founded The Midult in 2016. They are journalists, worriers and incredibly good friends. Together they write a Midult column in the Saturday Telegraph Magazine and Annabel has a column in the Evening Standard’s ES Magazine.
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Tickets £10 (includes a gin or seedlip cocktail)Thursday 31st January 2019 7.30pm
After Hours Bookshop
Join us for a late night Christmas shopping evening this Thursday from 5.30pm. Enjoy a delicious glass of Prosecco and a mince pie to get you in the festive mood, expert advice from booksellers who really know their stuff and 15% off all stock.Thursday 13th December 2018 5.30pm - 8.00pm
Dan Snow: On This Day in History
Join us for an evening with Dan Snow as he looks back at over 3000 years of the most important stories from the past. From the Ides of March to D-Day, Dan Snow tells the story of an important event that happened on each day of the year. Some are famous – from Julius Caesar fatally ignoring a soothsayer’s warning about 15 March to how World War II actually ended (D-Day) – and others more surprising – from Ada Lovelace’s meeting in 1833 which led to the invention of the computer, or the Great Beer Flood of 1814 that killed eight people. Dan shows how each offers a different and unexpected insight into our past.
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Ticket & Book £22.50
This event is in partnership with Alleyn’s School EnterprisesWednesday 28th November 2018 7.30PM
An Afternoon with Jacqueline Wilson
The wonderful Jacqueline Wilson is coming to Dulwich for one of only two London events this autumn. Discover how she started her writing career and created some of her most popular characters, and hear about her new book My Mum Tracy Beaker.
There will be no book signing after the talk but there will be an opportunity for to ask questions.
My Mum Tracy Beaker will be on sale at the event for £10 (RRP £12.99) and every book will have a special Jacqueline Wilson book plate.
BOOK TICKETS HERE
Adult ticket £10
Child ticket £7
This event is in partnership with James Allen’s Girls’ SchoolSunday 18th November 2018 3pm
Vietnam with Max Hastings
From the best-selling author of All Hell Let Loose comes a masterful chronicle of one of the most devastating international conflicts of the 20th century and how its people were affected. Vietnam became the Western world’s most divisive conflict since the Second World War. Max Hastings has spent the past three years interviewing scores of participants on both sides, as well as researching a multitude of American and Vietnamese documents and memoirs, to create an epic narrative of an epic struggle.
Max worked as a BBC TV reporter in Vietnam during the war, met President Lyndon Johnson at the White House in 1968, and finally came out of Saigon with the May 1975 final helicopter evacuation- experiences that inform his descriptions of the sweat-soaked paddies and jungles where a million rival combatants fought, and two million Vietnamese died. His knowledge and research brings a new view on this conflict.
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Ticket & Book £35 (Book RRP £30)
This event is in partnership with Alleyn’s School EnterprisesThursday 15th November 2018 7.30PM
Tracy Borman: Henry VIII and The Men Who Made Him
Henry VIII is well known for his tumultuous relationships with women, and he is often defined by his many marriages. But what do we see if we take a different look? When we see Henry through the men in his life, a new perspective on this famous king emerges.
In this talk, Tracy will tell the story of England’s most famous monarch through the eyes of the men who surrounded him.
Tracy Borman is a bestselling author and historian, specialising in the Tudors. She is joint chief curator of Historic Royal Palaces and chief executive of the Heritage Education Trust. Tracy has presented and appeared in several historical documentaries.
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Ticket & Book £30 (Book RRP £25)
This event is in partnership with Alleyn’s School EnterprisesTuesday 6th November 2018 7.30pm
Michael Palin In Conversation with David Baddiel
Michael Palin will be at the MCT at Alleyn’s this November discussing his new book Erebus.
Join the former Monty Python stalwart and much-loved television globe-trotter – as he discusses his books and writing, and brings to life the world and voyages of HMS Erebus, one of the most extraordinary adventures of the nineteenth century.
Michael will be in conversation with comedian, novelist and television presenter David Baddiel.
This is a live event – Michael and David will be in the MCT. The event is being recorded to be shared elsewhere as a Penguin Podcast. The Penguin Podcast allows listeners to understand the origins and creative processes of constructing a story, and the experiences that influenced its development.
Don’t miss this chance to be in the audience as Michael discusses five objects that inspired or shaped the writing of his book, telling us the stories behind his story.
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Ticket & Book £25
Two tickets and one Book £35
A signed copy of Erebus: The Story of a Ship by Michael Palin is included with every purchase.Monday 5th November 2018 7.30PM
An Afternoon with Lauren Child
Join us for an afternoon with the current Children’s Laureate as she looks at the inspiration behind her work, the magic of reading and writing for children, and how ideas can come from anywhere. Lauren will be in conversation with writer and broadcaster Nicolette Jones.
Lauren Child is a multi-award winning, bestselling writer and artists whose books are known and loved across the world. She is best known as the creator of the successful book series Clarice Bean, Ruby Redfort and Charlie and Lola.
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Adult £10, Child £7
Child Ticket & Book £20 (Mary Poppins RRP £20)Sunday 4th November 2018 3pm
Speeches of Note: Shaun Usher in Collaboration with Alleyn’s Drama
We are delighted to announce an evening of historic speeches compiled by Shaun Usher and dramatised by Alleyn’s Drama Department.
In Speeches of Note you’ll discover speeches that altered the course of history, like Nelson Mandela’s on the day he became South Africa’s first black President. You’ll find gloriously unexpected speeches as Kermit the Frog takes to the podium, and celebrate lives well-lived, including Tilda Swinton’s tribute to ‘every alien’s favourite cousin’, David Bowie.
Shaun Usher is the writer and sole custodian of the popular blogs lettersofnote.com, listsofnote.com and speechesofnote.com. He is the author of Letters of Note; Lists of Note and More Letters of Note.
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Speeches of Note will be on sale after the event for the special price of £20 (RRP £25)
This event is a partnership with Alleyn’s School Enterprises.Thursday 11th October 2018 7.30pm
Adam Rutherford and The Story Of How We Became Us
Join Village Books and Alleyn’s School Enterprises Ltd, for an evening with Adam Rutherford, popular science broadcaster, presenter of Radio 4’s Inside Science and author of the best-selling, A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived.
Adam will be talking about his new book The Book of Humans which explores how many of the things once considered to be exclusively human are not.
Illuminated by the latest scientific discoveries, it is a thrilling compendium of what unequivocally fixes us as animals and reveals how we are extraordinary among them.
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This event is a partnership with Alleyn’s School Enterprises.Tuesday 9th October 2018 7.30pm
Jenni Murray – A History of the World in 21 Women
Join us on Tuesday 2nd October as Radio 4 Woman’s Hour presenter Jenni Murray celebrates the lives, struggles and achievements of some of history’s most extraordinary women from around the globe. They ruled empires, they led nations. They were pioneers in the arts and geniuses of science. They spoke truth to power and fought for change. All had a profound impact on the shaping of our world.
‘Every single woman in this book flies in the face of the conventional notion that women are somehow the ‘weaker sex’. Every one of them was, or is, strong, ambitious and determined… What we can learn from these women is that your sex has nothing to do with it.’ Jenni Murray
Jenni Murray is a journalist and broadcaster who has presented BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour since 1987. She is the author of several books, including A History of Britain in 21 Women and Memoirs of a Not So Dutiful Daughter.
A History of the World in 21 Women will be on sale on the night for £15.
This event is a partnership with Alleyn’s School Enterprises.Tuesday 2nd October 2018 7pm
An Evening with Graham Norton
Join us for an evening of fun, laughter and chat with Graham Norton. Graham’s second novel, A Keeper, is published on 4th October. He will be in conversation with Hannah Beckerman discussing his new novel and why he loves writing fiction.
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£25 (ticket includes a copy of A Keeper)
Graham Norton is one of the UK’s best loved broadcasters. He presents The Graham Norton Show on BBC1, has a weekly show on BBC Radio 2, and writes a column for the Telegraph. He is the winner of eight BAFTA awards.
Graham will be in conversation with Hannah Beckerman. Hannah is an author and journalist, writing features and book reviews for The Guardain, The Observer and the FT Weekend Magazine. Her new novel, If Only I Could Tell You, will be published next February.
This event is a partnership with James Allens Girls School.Saturday 29th September 2018 7.30pm
Take Nothing With You with author Patrick Gale
Join us for an evening of entertaining discussion about writing with one of the UK’s leading authors. Patrick is the author of bestselling novels including The Whole Day Through, the Richard and Judy bestsellers Notes From An Exhibition and A Perfectly Good Man, the Costa nominated A Place Called Winter and his latest, Take Nothing With You. And he was the author of the BBC drama, Man in an Orange Shirt.
Patrick’s sixteenth novel, Take Nothing With You, is a sad-funny comedy of resilience and survival that is sure to appeal to fans of Rough Music as well as to readers newly drawn to his work from watching Man in an Orange Shirt.
Patrick will be in conversation with Hannah Beckerman. Hannah is an author and journalist, writing features and book reviews for The Guardian, The Observer and the FT Weekend Magazine. Her new novel, If Only I Could Tell You, will be published next February.
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£10 / £8
This event is a partnership with Alleyn’s School EnterprisesWednesday 26th September 2018 7.30pm
Conversation and Cooking with Yotam Ottolenghi
Join us for an evening of chat and food demonstration with Yotam Ottolenghi and Tara Wigley to celebrate the launch of Yotam’s latest cookbook, Simple.
Yotam and Tara will be demonstrating how easy the recipes are and will be chatting with Guardian Food journalist Felicity Cloake.
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£35 (ticket includes a copy of Simple (Book RRP £25))
£15 / £10 (ticket only)
Simple showcases Yotam’s standout dishes that will suit whatever type of cooking you find easy – whether that’s getting wonderful food on the table in under 30 minutes, using just one pot to make a delicious meal, or a flavoursome dish that can be prepared ahead and then served when you’re ready.
Felicity Cloake is freelance journalist and writer with a weekly column in The Guardian. She also writes for The New Stateman, FT, Observer, Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, Metro, olive, delicious, Literary Review, Sainsbury’s magazine, Waitrose Food Illustrated and Fire and Knives.
This event is a partnership with Alleyn’s School EnterprisesTuesday 18th September 2018 7.30pm
Sir Chris Hoy, six times Olympic Gold Medal winner, discusses Bikes & Cycling
We are thrilled to announce an evening with Sir Chris Hoy MBE, one of Great Britain’s most successful Olympic athletes of all time, with six gold medals and one silver. Sir Chris will be talking about his career, all things bikes and cycling, and answering questions from the audience. He will then be signing copies of his new book How to Ride a Bike.
BOOK TICKETS HERE
£25 (ticket includes a copy of How to Ride a Bike)
Under 18’s £10 (ticket only)
How to Ride a Bike is an invaluable manual for cyclists of all ages, experience and ability. There’s advice on diet, the psychology of cycling, and plenty of stories and anecdotes from Chris’s Olympic track career. Full of helpful and inspiring advice for those getting on a bike for the first time in a while, along with plenty of tips and tricks for seasoned cyclists this is a book for beginners and pros alike.
Chris was voted 2008 BBC Sports Personality of the Year, and he was awarded a Knighthood in the 2009 New Year Honours list.
This event is a partnership with Dulwich College.Monday 17th September 2018 19.00
Paris Through the Eyes of Sebastian Faulks
Sebastian Faulks is a giant of our contemporary literary world. Since his 1993 novel Birdsong captured the imagination of readers across the country, he has seen his novels lauded, adapted for film, stage, and radio, and (of course) read avidly. Faulks is beyond doubt a master’ says the Financial Times.
Join us on 12th September for an evening with Sebastian as he chats about his writing, his loves and how Paris Echo came about.
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£25 (ticket includes a copy of Paris Echo (Book rrp £20))
£10 / £8 (ticket only)
In Paris Echo you have a Paris you have never seen before – a city in which every building seems to hold the echo of an unacknowledged past, the shadows of Vichy and Algeria. in her desire to understand their lives, and through them her own, she finds a city bursting with clues and connections.
Sebastian Faulks is the author of The Girl at the Lion D’Or, Birdsong and Charlotte Gray to name a few.
This event is a partnership with Alleyn’s School Enterprises.Wednesday 12th September 2018 7.30pm
An evening with Antony Beevor
The British fascination with heroic failure has clouded the story of Arnhem – the battle for the bridges leading to the Lower Rhine in 1944 – in myths. Antony Beevor, the distinguished military historian, has reconstructed the terrible reality of the fighting. It is a gripping account of an iconic moment in British and European history as well as an analysis of the cost of failure, which included pitiless German reprisals.
Antony Beevor’s previous bestselling books include Berlin, D-Day, Ardennes 1944 and the multiple prize-winning Stalingrad.
BOOK TICKETS HERE Tickets are £10/£8 This event is taking place on Thursday 21st June 7.30pm in the MCT at Alleyns SchoolThursday 21st June 2018 7.30pmMCT at Alleyns School, Townley Road, Dulwich, SE22 8SU
The Secret Life of the Teenage Brain with Sarah-Jayne Blakemore SOLD OUT
Why does an easy child become a challenging teenager?
Why do teenagers struggle to get up in the morning?
Why do they often take excessive risks?
We often joke that teenagers don’t have brains. For some reason, it’s socially acceptable to mock people in this stage of their lives. The need for intense friendships, the excessive risk taking and the development of many mental illnesses – depression, addiction, schizophrenia – begin during these formative years, so what makes the adolescent brain different?
Drawing upon her cutting-edge research in her London laboratory, award-winning neuroscientist, Sarah-Jayne Blakemore explains what happens inside the adolescent brain, what her team’s experiments have revealed about our behaviour, and how we relate to each other and our environment as we go through this period of our lives. She shows that while adolescence is a period of vulnerability, it is also a time of enormous creativity – one that should be acknowledged, nurtured and celebrated.
This event is sold out. Call the bookshop to join the waiting list on 8693 2808.
‘Beautifully written with clarity, expertise and honesty about the most important subject for all of us. I couldn’t put it down’ Robert WinstonTuesday 22nd May 2018 7.30pmBell House, 27 College Road, Dulwich SE21 7BG
Behind the scenes in the NHS with Christie Watson & Caroline Elton SOLD OUT
We were thrilled to host Christie Watson and Caroline Elton for an event as they discussed the NHS, share their views of life behind the scenes and what it is like for the teams that look 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.
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, Also 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
Introducing debut novelist AJ Pearce
We had the most wonderful evening with AJ Pearce on Monday 23 April. Picked as one of the leading debut novelists of 2018 this event was a treat for our customers and ourselves.
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.
If you have not read Dear Mrs Bird we urge to pick up a copy now and get reading.
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
An Evening with Susie Steiner in conversation with DS Graham McMillan
Susie Steiner and DS McMillan came to Dulwich to discuss 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.
It was a fun event and if you have not read any Susie Steiner thrillers we recommend you start now!
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
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
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
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