As we're staying local this summer, we thought we would share with you a selection of books set in Dulwich and south London, sure to give you a fresh perspective on your usual haunts!
Muriel Spark9,99 € 9,29 €
When Dougal Douglas moves to Peckham from Scotland, he wreaks havoc amongst its inhabitants, and brings lies, tears, blackmail and even murder into the lives of all he meets. We love this dark and devilish story written by Spark in 1961 - a must-read for Peckham residents.
Louise Hare8,99 € 8,36 €
The Blitz is over and London is reeling from the war. Fresh off the Empire Windrush, jazz musician Lawrie Matthews has taken a tiny room in south London lodgings, and fallen in love with the girl next door. His new home is alive with possibility. Until, one morning, he makes a terrible discovery . . . A superb debut!
Sam Selvon9,99 € 9,29 €
At Waterloo Station, new arrivals from the West Indies step off the boat train, ready to start afresh in 1950s London. There, the lonely new Londoners must try to create new lives for themselves. As 'old veteran' Moses Aloetta watches their attempts, they gradually learn to survive and come to love London. A classic!
John Lanchester8,99 € 8,36 €
A favourite of Tracey's, Capital by John Lanchester is centred around the lives of the residents of Pepys Road - a banker and his shopaholic wife, an elderly woman dying of a brain tumour, the Pakistani family who run the local shop - all receive anonymous postcards with a simple message: We Want What You Have. Who is behind it? And what do they want?
Ben Aaronovitch8,99 € 8,36 €
When Peter Grant, a young officer in the Metropolitan Police, has an unexpected encounter with a ghost he is recruited into the small branch of the Met that deals with magic and the supernatural. Now, he must broker peace between the warring gods of the River Thames. Not strictly set in south London - but explores the River Effra, south London's lost waterway!
Caleb Azumah Nelson12,99 € 12,08 €
He is a photographer, she is a dancer - both are trying to make their mark in a city that by turns celebrates and rejects them. Open Water is at once an achingly beautiful love story and a potent insight into race and masculinity - an unmissable debut written by an Alleyn's alumni.
Candice Carty-Williams8,99 € 8,36 €
Queenie is a 25-year-old Black woman living in south London who, after a messy break-up, finds herself seeking comfort in all the wrong places. A darkly comic and bitingly subversive take on life, love, race and family, Queenie is the perfect book for any young woman living in south London.
Clare Chambers8,99 € 8,36 €
Set in 1957, Jean Swinney is the editor of a local paper in the south-east suburbs of London. Unlucky in love and living with a difficult mother, her life is about to change when a young woman contacts the paper to claim that her daughter is the result of a virgin birth. Hazel thinks this book is a real treasure - beautiful inside and out!
Sarah Waters8,99 € 8,36 €
It is 1922, and in a genteel Camberwell villa life is about to be transformed as impoverished widow Mrs Wray and her spinster 27-year-old daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers. Tense, compelling and atmospheric, The Paying Guests is a brilliant psychological thriller masterfully told.
Between the Stops: The View of My Life from the Top of the Number 12 Bus: the long-awaited memoir from the star of QI and The Gr
Sandi Toksvig9,99 € 9,29 €
A whimsical trip through memories, musings and the many delights on the Number 12 route, Between the Stops is a wonderful memoir from one of Britain's best-loved broadcasters, Sandi Toksvig. Interspersing personal history around the 7 1/2 mile journey, Between the Stops is thoughtful, witty and delightful!
Anthony Horowitz8,99 € 8,36 €
The Power of Five is a brilliant Young Adult fantasy series, highly recommended by Olivia. In Evil Star, Matt (who was brought up in Dulwich) thinks his troubles are over, but his fate - and the fate of the world - is tied to four other kids across the globe. The first book in this series is Raven's Gate.
Lottie Moggach8,99 € 8,36 €
In an open prison in Brixton, all Rob needs to do is keep his nose out of trouble and soon he'll be out for good. But when a strange woman begins to take a growing interest in him, Rob must be very careful - one false step and it could set him back years . . . Brixton Hill is a brilliant, tense thriller set on the streets of south London.