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Our Next Book Group:
is on Wednesday 20th May 2015 at 7.30pm

We will be meeting to discuss
We are big fans of Ferrante at Kirkdale.
From the back cover:
Rarely have the foundations upon which our ideas of motherhood and womanhood rest been so candidly questioned. This compelling novel tells the story of one woman’s headlong descent into what she calls an “absence of sense” after being abandoned by her husband. Olga’s “days of abandonment” become a desperate, dangerous freefall into the darkest places of the soul as she roams the empty streets of a city that she has never learned to love. When she finds herself trapped inside the four walls of her apartment in the middle of a summer heat wave, Olga is forced to confront her ghosts, the potential loss of her own identity, and the possibility that life may never return to normal again.

Do come along!

YES - We were nominated for a TIME OUT LOVE LONDON AWARD - your favourite shop in Forest Hill and Sydenham and thanks to all our customers who voted for us           ............ WE WON!

YES  - We got a very generous grant, nearly £5k, from the author James Patterson, to renew our wiring, lighting and power.The work is a mundane necessity, which has been long overdue but just too costly to do. Mr Patterson is concerned that bookshops selling children's books should stay open and thrive. We obviously convinced him that over the last 48 years we have been encouraging children in Sydenham to love books.
We haven't quite finished - but it's beginning to look good.

YES - The Greyhound Pub is on the move! Well....scaffolding has gone up and it should be finished by April. Watch this space.

Thank you to everyone who came along to our 48th birthday celebration on Saturday 11th October 2014. We had a great time with the Pop-Up Poetry - with renditions of The Owl and the Pussycat, Brown Boots, Poems by Philip Larkin and Isabel White among others. A big thanks to everyone who brought cakes along -They were wonderful!
The answer to our poetry competition - how many pages in the Poetry Book Window Display was an amazing 6500. 
To finish off the day we had the Welsh Border Morris Dancers (from Croydon) dancing on the lawn outside!

Home Thoughts From a Broad
Our poetry event with Isabel White on Friday 19th September 2014 was certainly a memorable evening. Isabel's witty poetry and Cassandra Mathew's beautiful guitar music, left us wanting more. I'm sure they will be back!
We have some signed copies of her second collection available at £7.99.

Alexis Deacon Event

A huge thank you to Alexis Deacon for his Storytime appearance 
at the Sydenham Arts Festival!

Alan Powers giving a talk on Eric Ravilious 
as part of the Sydenham Arts Festival.

We are now open on Sundays 12pm-3pm
Kirkdale Bookshop recently began its 47th year of providing a unique local service.
 We would like to tell you briefly how that service is now more diverse 
than it has ever been. It may be timely to remind you that apart from books and gifts, 
we do stock and order DVDs and CDs.

Of course, it is always a joy to see you in the shop, where, as well as being able to order, you can browse (an old traditional method of shopping involving imagination and surprise), have a tea or coffee, tap into the staff's combined wealth of friendly expertise, or attend any of our regular events (such as our book group, children's storytime 
and, coming soon, story time for grown-ups).

If, for any reason, you cannot make it to the shop, you can still take advantage of our famous service by ordering over the phone (0208 778 4701) or by e-mail. (You can even text 07957428636).  While we're on the virtues of the virtual, why not follow the shop's adventures via twitter (@kirkdalebooks) and facebook. 

We are also able to supply e-books. A website called 
has been set up to combine virtual and traditional book shopping. 
Out of every purchase made on Hive, a very small proportion 
goes to the specified or nearest local independent bookshop.
 Prices compare favourably with other online booksellers.

However you decide to be in touch, we look forward to it.

Geraldine, Barry, Roland, Caroline, Penny and Christine

Kirkdale Bookshop & Gallery

Opening Hours
Mon 9.30am-6pm
Tue 9.30am-6pm
Wed 9.30am-6pm
Thu 9.30am-6pm
Fri 9.30am-6pm
Sat 9am-5.30pm
Sun 12pm-3pm

020 8778 4701

Just Out 
in paperback
How to be both

by Ali Smith

Goldsmiths Prize 2014 Costa Novel of the Year 2014
Two stories with the meaning of art and love at their centre: a renaissance artist of the 1460s and a teenage girl. This being Smith, the telling is playful. Time twists and turns, forms merge, and watchfulness and loss interplay. Fantastic. 

Man Booker Prize 2014
Folio Prize 2015
Bailey's Prize 2015

Winner of the 
Man Booker Prize 
for Fiction 2014

Just out on DVD
(Awaiting images)
Come in and buy the four videos of
The wonderful First World War community plays in the 2014 Sydenham Arts Festival 

An amazing 
pop-up book. 

Come and see for yourself

See also

A beautiful treasury of Nursery Rhymes from around the world, illustrated by 77 celebrated artists.
The perfect present.

Our Current Exhibition:
Details of our next exhibition coming soon...

272 Kirkdale Sydenham 
SE26 4RS  
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