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!


October Book Choices


Our Next Book Group:


Charlotte Brontë

Wednesday 23rd November 2016


“VilletteVillette! Have you read it?” exclaimed George Eliot when Charlotte Brontë’s final novel appeared in 1853. “It is a still more wonderful book than Jane Eyre. There is something almost preternatural in its power.”

To celebrate 200 years since Brontë’s birth, we’ll be reading arguably her most refined and deeply felt work. Villette draws on her profound loneliness following the deaths of her three siblings. Lucy Snowe, the narrator of Villette, flees from an unhappy past in England to begin a new life as a teacher at a French boarding school in the great cosmopolitan capital of Villette. Soon Lucy’s struggle for independence is overshadowed by both her friendship with a worldly English doctor and her feelings for an autocratic schoolmaster. Brontë’s strikingly modern heroine must decide if there is any man in her society with whom she can live and still be free.

As ever, no need to sign up: just come along at 7.30pm on Wednesday 23rd. November.

For our next book group on January 18th 2017 – we’ll be reading Exposure by Helen Dunmore.