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!

 Happy New Year 

from everyone
Kirkdale Bookshop!

2017 has begun and it’s our 51st year…we’re looking forward to getting a new sign and a new blind for the bookshop. Even the openings of the shop and the pub opposite are in sight, however slowly the wheels grind.

We’d like to congratulate the winner of our £50 book voucher to spend in store, happy buying!

On January 18th we have our local book group. We’ll be reading Helen Dunmore’s cold war thriller Exposure (see below for details)
– On February 22nd we have a talk on David Bowie, look out for more details to follow.
– And it’s looking good for a new theatre opening in Sydenham.

Now, it’s time to relax and dig into some of our favourite books to read this month.




Our Next Book Group:


Helen Dunmore

Wednesday 18th January 2017


London, November, 1960: the Cold War is at its height. Spy fever fills the newspapers, and the political establishment knows how and where to bury its secrets.

When a highly sensitive file goes missing, Simon Callington is accused of passing information to the Soviets, and arrested.

His wife, Lily, suspects that his imprisonment is part of a cover-up, and that more powerful men than Simon will do anything to prevent their own downfall.

She knows that she too is in danger, and must fight to protect her children. But what she does not realise is that Simon has hidden vital truths about his past, and may be found guilty of another crime that carries with it an even greater penalty.

As ever, no need to sign up: just come along at 7.30pm on Wednesday 18th January.