South of the Border, West of the Sun

by Haruki Murakami

Gabriel Nicklin
Book Seller
School Liaison

South of the Border, West of the Sun

by Haruki Murakami

Murakami writes on jazz and love in prose as smooth as coffee. It will make you want to quit your job and open a bar in downtown Tokyo.

Gabriel Nicklin

Rather Be the Devil

by Ian Rankin

Harry Coath
Events and Communications Manager
Dulwich Books

Rather Be the Devil

by Ian Rankin

Rankin does it again! Rebus comes out of retirement for one last case…Great holiday reading and a must for crime aficionados.

Harry Coath

Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl

by Carrie Brownstein

Gabriel Nicklin
Book Seller
School Liaison

Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl

by Carrie Brownstein

A hilarious and illuminating account of Sleater Kinney’s rise during the ‘Riot Grrrl’ feminist punk movement of the early 1990s. Touch, but bursting with attitude.

Gabriel Nicklin

A Tale For the Time Being

by Ruth Ozeki

Philip Maltman
Bookseller
Dulwich Books

A Tale For the Time Being

by Ruth Ozeki

Ruth Ozeki came to Dulwich Books four years ago and weaved her spell in a fine event – this novel is one of the few that an be given the accolade: more than a novel! Magical, moving, complete.

Philip Maltman

I Love Dick

by Chris Kraus

Philip Maltman
Bookseller
Dulwich Books

I Love Dick

by Chris Kraus

If mix epistolary prose, art theory, playful erotic stalking, history, and gender politics, you could get the extraordinary ‘I Love Dick,’ Chris Kraus’s first novel and a feminist classic!

Philip Maltman

The Return, Hisham Matar

by Hisham Matar

Susie Nicklin
CEO
MILD Group

The Return, Hisham Matar

by Hisham Matar

A moving, stunning, visceral account of one man’s search for the truth about his father’s disappearance whilst leading a rebellious opposition to the Gaddafi regime. Powerful and tragic.

Susie Nicklin

Here I Am

by Jonathan Safran Foer

Susie Nicklin
CEO
MILD Group

Here I Am

by Jonathan Safran Foer

Safran Foer takes us into the heart of a failing marriage, intimacy, parenthood, youth, midde and old age, and from there expands the canvas to the attempted destruction of Israil through earthquake, flood, cholera, and invasion. Funny, tender, poignant, and wise – a masterpiece.

Susie Nicklin

H is for Hawk

by Helen Macdonald

Susie Nicklin
CEO
MILD Group

H is for Hawk

by Helen Macdonald

H is for Hawk is an unflinchingly honest account of Macdonald's struggle with grief during the difficult process of a hawk's taming and her own untaming.

It was on Obama’s reading list for the summer of 2016 and we can see why – the winner of the Samuel Johnson prize in 2014 and the Costa Book of the Year 2015, an instant classic.

Susie Nicklin

Sleeping on Jupiter

by Anuradha Roy

Philip Maltman
Bookseller
Dulwich Books

Sleeping on Jupiter

by Anuradha Roy

A stark and unflinching novel by a spellbinding storyteller, about religion, love and violence in the modern world.

In a town of temples by the sea, the anxieties and emotions of young and old, male and female, are challenged through the persona of Nomi searching out hypocrisy and history.

Philip Maltman

Everyone is Watching

by Megan Bradbury

Susie Nicklin
CEO
MILD Group

Everyone is Watching

by Megan Bradbury

Everyone is Watching is a novel about the men and women who have defined New York. Through the lives and perspectives of these great creators, artists and thinkers, and through other iconic works of art that capture its essence, New York itself solidifies.

Walt Whitman, Edmund White, Robert Mapplethorpe in a début collage of notes, diaries, letters, transcripts – a polyphonic and subtle novel.

Susie Nicklin

Golden Hill

by Francis Spufford

Philip Maltman
Bookseller
Dulwich Books

Golden Hill

by Francis Spufford

New York, a small town on the tip of Manhattan Island, 1746. One rainy evening, a charming and handsome young stranger fresh off the boat from England pitches up to a counting house on Golden Hill Street, with a suspicious yet compelling proposition -- he has an order for a thousand pounds in his pocket that he wishes to cash. But can he be trusted?

Francis Spufford’s much maligned and misunderstood hero takes us on an eighteenth-century journey into language and parochial New York society both of which sparkle and surprise as does the plot!

Philip Maltman

The Savage Detectives

by Robert Bolaño

Philip Maltman
Bookseller
Dulwich Books

The Savage Detectives

by Robert Bolaño

New Year’s Eve 1975, Mexico City. Two hunted men leave town in a hurry, on the desert-bound trail of a vanished poet. Spanning two decades and crossing continents, theirs is a remarkable quest through a darkening universe – our own. It is a journey told and shared by a generation of lovers, rebels and readers, whose testimonies are woven together into one of the most dazzling Latin American novels of the twentieth century.

Reading the Savage Detectives led to my reading nearly all of Bolaño. This is searingly surreal and at the same time movingly poetic and tragically real…

Philip Maltman

The Running Hare: The Secret Life of Farmland

by John Lewis-Stempel

Annie Horwood
Bookseller
Dulwich Books

The Running Hare: The Secret Life of Farmland

by John Lewis-Stempel

Traditional ploughland is disappearing. Seven cornfield flowers have become extinct in the last twenty years. Once abundant, the corn bunting and the lapwing are on the Red List. The corncrake is all but extinct in England. And the hare is running for its life.

By the end of The Running Hare you will care as much as the author does about the sanitisation of the countryside, and the story of his attempt to attract hares to his cornfield reads like fiction – you’ll be rooting for him. Memorable and thought-provoking.

Annie Horwood

Just Kids

by Patti Smith

Harry Coath
Events and Communications Manager
Dulwich Books

Just Kids

by Patti Smith

Just Kids is Patti Smith’s account of life in Manhattan between 1967 and 1975. The book centres on Smith’s relationship with the late Robert Mapplethorpe. It’s a love story, a manifesto for young creatives, a catalogue of Smith’s many influences, and a remarkable portrait of New York counter-culture. A genuinely inspiring read.

Harry Coath

Trans: A Memoir

by Juliet Jacques

Harry Coath
Events and Communications Manager
Dulwich Books

Trans: A Memoir

by Juliet Jacques

Trans tells the story of Juliet Jacques’ gender reassignment. It’s a moving story of someone’s attempt to find an identity – and a body – that they can live with.  But it’s also a fascinating history of how thinkers have theorised the experience of trans and non-binary people.  It challenged many of my ideas about gender.

Harry Coath

The Vegetarian

by Han Kang

Susie Nicklin
CEO
MILD Group

The Vegetarian

by Han Kang

This is a brilliant, incantatory, hallucinatory tour de force of feminist writing. It balances control and appetite, desire and anhedonia, maintaining a high wire tension for three breathtaking acts.

A young wife’s decision to become a vegetarian is the starting metaphor, but the book is about much more than this. Focusing a forensic gaze on women’s roles as mother, wife, sister, daughter, Kang exposes the brutality and the beauty of self-determination and physical sovereignty.

The blossoming of creative talents outside conventional relationships and the subsequent punishments imposed by society & self are ruthlessly skewered. Tender, violent, shocking, sensual – a must-read.

Susie Nicklin

Pollard

by Laura Beatty

Philip Maltman
Bookseller
Dulwich Books

Pollard

by Laura Beatty

As the trees nearby were pollarded the length of a very long street, I was gripped by their stark beauty. When I started reading Pollard I was gripped again by a linguistic beauty which suggested that the writer not only knew the forest where her main character escapes to, but had enlisted and indeed credited a chorus of trees to help her become one with nature. In so doing Laura Beatty addressed the complexity and beauty of nature whilst at the same time dealing with the harsh reality and difficult lives of her characters. It is still my Top Recommendation.

Philip Maltman

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