Situated in the heart of Sydenham, close to the station, Kirkdale bookshop is a combination of award-winning bookshop and cultural hub. We have an extensive collection of new and second-hand books for all age groups and interests. Do come and see us!


EditSplashzoneWould you like to win a copy of the Man Booker Prize 2015 winner? All you have to do is tell us which of the 2015 shortlist you think will be named the winner on Tuesday 13th October: one person who chooses the winner will win a copy from Kirkdale Bookshop.

Email your prediction to mail@kirkdalebookshop.com with the subject line ‘Man Booker Prize Competition: INSERT TITLE’.

Good luck!

Man Booker Prize 2015 Shortlist

  • A Brief History of Seven Killings – Marlon James
  • Satin Island – Tom McCarthy
  • The Fishermen – Chigozie Obioma
  • The Year of the Runaways – Sunjeev Sahota
  • A Spool of Blue Thread – Anne Tyler
  • A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara


Palisander BW instruments

Viaggio Musicale

Italian Renaissance Music
Wednesday 28th October 2015

Join Palisander, with lutenist Toby Carr, as they breathe new life into all corners of Italian Renaissance music; from the sacred to the secular, regal to rural, and even the medicinal…

Palisander is quickly establishing a reputation as a vibrant young ensemble, presenting programmes on a vast array of recorders. Comprising alumni of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the award-winning quartet has performed at the Royal Greenwich International Early Music Ensemble, the International St. Ceciliatide Festival in the City, and the Tel Aviv International Early Music Seminar.

Tickets: £10 and £8 students/concessions. (Includes a glass of wine)
0208 778 4701

Slittletollermaneptember brings with it the beginning of Autumn and the start of a new series highlighting our favourite publishers. In this month’s newsletter we focus on independent press Little Toller.

In their own words ‘Little Toller was started with a singular purpose: to revive forgotten and classic books about nature and rural life in the British Isles.’ The ever-growing Nature Classics Library republishes central and neglected works with new introductions from Gilbert White’s The Natural History of Selborne (beautifully illustrated by Eric Ravilious) and W.G. Hoskins’ The Making of The English Landscape (introduced by William Boyd) to Gavin Maxwell’s Ring Of Bright Water and Robert Gibbing’s Sweet Thames Run Softly.


Little Toller also publishes contemporary work—the Monographs series—by acclaimed writers like Adam Thorpe (On Silbury Hill) and Iain Sinclair (Black Apples of Gower). Every Little Toller volume is beautifully produced and always catches the eye of anyone passing by: the Monographs, in particular, make lovely gifts.


Black Apples of Gower by Iain Sinclair

In the latest Little Toller Monograph, Black Apples of Gower, Iain Sinclair returns to the Welsh landscapes of his youth as he walks the Gower Peninsula:

‘But digging and sifting, he soon recognises that a series of walks over the same ground – Port Eynon Point to Worm’s Head – have become significant waymarks in his life, and his recollections of a meeting with the poet of place, Vernon Watkins, is an opening into the legends of the rocks and the mythology behind the Black Apples of Ceri Richards and the poems of Dylan Thomas.’

Our Next Book Group:

is on Wednesday 23rd September 2015 at 7.30pm
We will be meeting to discuss

Peter Jernigan’s life is slipping out of control. His wife’s gone, he’s lost his job and he’s a stranger to his teenage son. Worse, his only relief from all this reality – alcohol – is less effective by the day. And when the medicine doesn’t work, you up the dose. And when that doesn’t work, what then? (Apart from upping the dose again anyway, because who knows?)

Jernigan’s answer is to slowly turn his caustic wit on everyone around him – his wife Judith, his teenage son Danny, his vulnerable new girlfriend Martha and, eventually, himself – until the laughs have turned to mute horror. But while he’s busy burning every bridge back to the people who love him, Jernigan’s perverse charisma keeps us all in thrall to the bitter end.

Shot through with gin and irony, Jernigan is a funny, scary, mesmerising portrait of a man walking off the edge with his eyes wide open – wisecracking all the way.