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!

September Book Choices


News & events

Book Launch:

The Life Assistance Agency Thomas Hocknell

The Life Assistance Agency

 Thomas Hocknell

Thursday 15th September 2016


“Do you want to live forever? Ben Ferguson-Cripps is a struggling writer with a surname that gets more comments than his waning blog. In desperation Ben sets aside his literary ambitions to join the newly established and enigmatic Life Assistance Agency…”

Join us for the launch of The Life Assistance Agency, the first novel from Thomas Hocknell – coincidentally a local resident. The evening will include drinks, a short reading by the author and a book signing!

If you are unable to attend, we are happy to reserve a signed copy – please contact us if this is the case.

We look forward to seeing you!

Our Next Book Group:

On the Black Hill

On the Black Hill

Bruce Chatwin

Wednesday 21st September 2016


On the Black Hill is an elegantly written tale of identical twin brothers who grow up on a farm in rural Wales and never leave home. They till the rough soil and sleep in the same bed, touched only occasionally by the advances of the twentieth century.

In depicting the lives of Benjamin and Lewis and their interactions with their small local community Chatwin comments movingly on the larger questions of human experience.

For those who think of Chatwin as a travel writer (In Patagonia, The Songlines, etc.) this novel is a revelation. Thoroughly recommended.

As ever, no need to sign up: just come along at 7.30pm on Wednesday 21st September.