Tails From the Bookshop

By Village Books Dulwich

By Village Books Dulwich

It is no secret to anyone in Dulwich that we are huge fans of our canine visitors. We keep biscuits behind the till for treats and always give visiting dogs a good pet. If you're anything like us, you might enjoy these books which pay tribute to our favourite furry companions. 

Faces: Profiles of Dogs

Vita Sackville-West

£10.99 £10.22

Our bookseller Ella is a big fan of both dogs and anything to do with the Bloomsbury Group so this book was perfect for her. In Faces, Vita Sackville-West traces the origins and history of forty-four dog breeds, reflecting on their unique characteristics with her sharp wit and frank sense of humour.

The Friend: Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction and a New York Times bestseller

Sigrid Nunez

£8.99 £8.36

Sophie has been reading Sigrid Nunez avidly since she was first published in the UK, and this is her favourite. The Friend is a moving story of love, friendship, grief, healing, and the magical bond between a woman and her dog.

Dog in Boots

Paula Metcalf

£6.99 £6.50

This is a love story. Penelope is tall but Philip, the dachshund, is not. He needs a plan to make himself tall. Or maybe he just needs be himself . . . We have sold hundreds of this hilarious picture book and have read it to countless school groups on World Book Day. We couldn't recommend it more.

Nigel: my family and other dogs

Monty Don

£10.99 £10.22

Any fans of Gardener's World will know Nigel, Monty Don's golden retriever, who sadly passed away earlier last year. In this gentle memoir, Monty Don explores what makes us connect with animals quite so deeply. It will strike a chord with any dog lover - it certainly has with us.

Olive, Mabel and Me: Life and Adventures with Two Very Good Dogs

Andrew Cotter

£20.00 £18.60

This brand new book is a beautifully written, touching and laugh-out-loud treat for dog lovers everywhere. When Andrew Cotter turned his brilliant sporting commentaries to the lockdown contests between his two Labradors, Olive and Mabel, the result was an internet sensation. This is the full story of their rise to internet stardom and how walking and climbing in the mountains helps them all find peace, joy and happiness away from the hectic world of the media.

Be More Sausage: Lifelong Lessons from a Small but Mighty Dog

Matt Whyman

£9.99 £9.29

We adore dachshunds and there are some fine ones who visit us regularly. This book proves that sausage dogs are not just sweet, soft and a little bit silly to look at. They can be an example to us all.

A Dog's Guide to Art

Joy Fitzsimmons

£9.99 £9.29

Joy is a wonderful regular customer of ours and friend of the shop. This is her first book - a beautifully illustrated comic guide to art history, featuring two dachshunds. Join Ned, Henry, and their gang of hounds as they encounter iconic paintings and sculptures from a four-legged perspective.

Odd Dog Out

Rob Biddulph

£6.99 £6.50

Rob Biddulph, famed for his fantastic Draw With Rob Youtube sessions which provided hours of entertainment during lockdown, is one of our favourite children's authors. In Odd Dog Out, one quirky dachshund tries to find her place in the world. It is a heart-warming story about diversity, finding yourself, and making friends. A brilliant bedtime read!

Hairy Maclary's Bone

Lynley Dodd

£6.99 £6.50

We have all heard Hazel's rendition of Hairy Maclary - she still knows it off by heart from reading it to her daughter twenty years ago! It is a fabulous rhyming book for young children which chronicles the escapades of our hero Hairy and his crew of five kooky canines.

All Dogs Great and Small: What I've learned training dogs

Graeme Hall

£16.98 £15.79

From Graeme 'The Dogfather' Hall, All Dogs Great and Small is a simple, practical guide to help you understand your dog better. Find out Graeme's golden rules for dog training and hear his wonderful stories!

Dog Days

Ericka Waller

£14.99 £13.94

Dog Days is a charming debut from Ericka Waller about those small but life-changing moments that only come when we pause to let the light in. It is about three people learning to make connections and find joy in living life off the leash.

The Great Dog Bottom Swap: 10th Anniversary Edition

Peter Bently and Mei Matsuoka

£6.99 £6.50

We LOVE The Great Dog Bottom Swap. This irreverent and hilarious picture book is perfect for dog-loving tots!

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