Saturday, 17 September 2022


 The bookshop will be closed on Monday 19th September for the Funeral of Her Majesty The Queen. 

We will reopen as per usual at 10.00 am on Tuesday 20th September. 

Monday, 5 September 2022

August Bestsellers.


August Bestsellers at The Beckenham Bookshop


  1. The Book of Form and Emptiness – Ruth Ozeki

  2. Entangled Life – Merlin Sheldrake

  3. The Anglo-Saxons – Marc Morris

  4. Matrix – Lauren Groff

  5. The Paper PalaceMiranda Cowley Heller

  6. Apples Never Fall – Liane Moriarty

  7. The Bloater – Rosemary Tonks

  8. Ghost Wall – Sarah Moss

  9. Hamnet – Maggie O'Farrell

  10. Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman


  1. The Unicorn who Came to Breakfast – Emma Adams

  2. Busy London – Marion Billet

  3. You Choose – Pippa Goodhart

  4. The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle

  5. Starting School – Janet and Allan Ahlberg

  6. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone – JK Rowling

  7. Pirates Ahoy! - Tracey Corderoy

  8. River – Anne-Kathrin Behl

  9. The Dog and the Chicken Thief – Chantal de Marolles

  10. The Song of the Nightingale – Tanya Landman

Saturday, 27 August 2022

Bank holiday Monday.

 As usual we will closed for the bank holiday Monday, we hope you get to take some time to yourself to relax with a good book, or cook up a feast from a good book, or learn a new skill from a good book, or create something beautiful inspired by a good book, or spend some time in self reflection inspired by a good book, or prepare for future storms with the assistance of a good book....

You get the drift.

Tuesday, 19 July 2022

Linda Regan - CANCELLED

Due to unforeseen circumstances this event has been cancelled. 

Local author Linda Regan will be along to the bookshop to talk about her new book 
The Burning Question on Friday 29th July at 4pm. 
Do pop along and join us. 


Monday, 18 July 2022

Red weather warnings!

I am afraid we have taken the decision to remain closed Monday and Tuesday 
while red weather warnings are in place in Beckenham. 

Please look after yourselves and take care out there! 


Wednesday, 22 June 2022

Book Prizes Updated.

 Book Prize Winners

British Book Awards

Debut: Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson

Fiction: Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason

Discover: Keisha the Sket  by Jade LB

Children's fiction: When the Sky Falls by Phil Earle

Children's illustrated: Hey You! by Dapo Adeola

Children's non-fiction and overall winner: You Are a Champion by Marcus Rashford with Carl Anka

Crime & thriller: The Dark Remains by William McIlvanney and Ian Rankin

Non-fiction lifestyle: The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present by Paul McCartney

Non-fiction narrative: Empireland by Sathnam Sanghera

Costa Book Awards

Poetry & Book of the Year:The Kids  by Hannah Lowe

Novel: Unsettled Ground  by Claire Fuller

First Novel: Open Water  by Caleb Azumah Nelson

Biography: Fall: The Mystery of Robert Maxwell  by John Preston

Children's Book: The Crossing  by Manjeet Mann

T. S. Eliot Prize

C+nto & Othered Poems by Joelle Taylor

Desmond Elliott Prize

The Manningtree Witches by A.K. Blakemore

Forward Prizes for Poetry

Best Collection: Notes on the Sonnets by Luke Kennard

Best First Collection: Poor by Caleb Femi

Best Single Poem: Pages 22-29, an excerpt from The Ferguson Report: An Erasure by Nicole Sealey

Hugo Awards

Best Novel: Network Effect by Martha Wells

Best Novella: The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo

Best Series: The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells

Independent Bookshop Week Awards

Fiction: Love After Love by Ingrid Persaud

Non-fiction: My Name is Why by Lemn Sissay

International Dylan Thomas Prize

Luster by Raven Leilani

Man Booker Prize

The Promise by Damon Galgut

Man Booker International Prize

Tomb of Sand  by Geetanjali Shree, translated by Daisy Rockwell

Orwell Prize

Political Fiction: Summer by Ali Smith

Political Writing: Between Two Fires by Joshua Yaffa

Pulitzer Prizes

Fiction: The Netanyahus: An Account of a Minor and Ultimately Even Negligible Episode in the History of a Very Famous Family by Joshua Cohen

History: Covered with Night by Nicole Eustace

Cuba: An American History by Ada Ferrer (joint winners)

Biography: Chasing Me to My Grave: An Artist’s Memoir of the Jim Crow South  by the late Winfred Rembert as told to Erin I. Kelly

Poetry: frank: sonnets by Diane Seuss

General Non-Fiction: Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival & Hope in an American City by Andrea Elliott

Rathbone Folio Prize

The Magician by Colm Toibin

Royal Society of Literature Christopher Bland Prize

The Shadowy Third: Love, Letters, and Elizabeth Bowen by Julia Parry

Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize

Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds, and Shape Our Futures by Merlin Sheldrake

Sunday Times Sports Book Awards

Autobiography: Too Many Reasons to Live  by Rob Burow

International Autobiography: Always Believe  by Olivier Giroud with Dominique Rouch

Illustrated:Toon In!  by Michael Payne

Children's (joint winners): Run Like a Girl  by Danielle Brown

Striking Out  by Ian Wright and Musa Okwonga, illustrated by Benjamin Wachenje

Cricket: Who Only Cricket Know  by David Woodhouse

Cycling: Desire, Discrimination, Determination: Black Champions in Cycling  by Dr Marlon Moncrieffe

Football: Barca: The Rise and Fall of the Club that Built Modern Football  by Simon Kuper

Rugby: The Flying Prince  by Hugh Godwin

Sports Performance: Stronger  by Poorna Bell

Sports Entertainment: The Champ & the Chump  by James McNicholas

Bestseller: You Are a Champion  by Marcus Rashford

Best of the 21st Century: Seven Deadly Sins by David Walsh

Sports Writing & Overall Winner: Why We Kneel, How We Rise  by Michael Holding

Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year

We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker

Wainwright Prize

Nature: English Pastoral  by James Rebanks

Conservation & Climate Change: Entangled Life by Merlin Sheldrake

Walter Scott Prize

News of the Dead  by James Robertson

William Hill Sports Book of the Year

Why We Kneel, How We Rise by Michael Holding

Women's Prize for Fiction

The Book of Form & Emptiness  by Ruth Ozeki

Children's Prizes

Blue Peter Book Awards

Story: The Last Bear by Hannah Gold, illustrated by Levi Pinfold

Book with Facts: Invented by Animals by Christiane Dorian, illustrated by Gosia Herba

Cilip Carnegie Medal for outstanding children's book

October, October  by Katya Balen, illustrated by Angela Harding

Cilip Kate Greenaway Medal for outstanding illustrated children's book

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds, illustrated by Danica Novgorodoff

English 4-11 Picture Book Awards

Fiction 4-7: The Goody written and illustrated by Lauren Child

Fiction 7-11: The Wolf's Secret by Myriam Dahman and Nicolas Digard, illustrated by Julia Sarda

Non-fiction 4-7: A New Green Day written and illustrated by Antoinette Portis

Non-fiction 7-11: The Homes We Build: A World of Habitats and Houses by Anne Jonas, illustrated by Lou Rihn

Independent Bookshop week Awards

Children's Fiction: Tamarind and the Star of Ishtar by Jasbinder Bilan

Children's Illustrated: The Hospital Dog by Jula Donaldson, illustrated by Sara Ogilvie

Litle Rebels Children's Book Award

Boy, Everywhere by A.M. Dassu

Waterstones Children's Book Prize

Best Book for Younger Readers and Overall Winner: A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll

Best Book for Older Readers: Wranglestone by Darren Charlton

Best Illustrated Book: The Grumpy Fairies by Bethan Stevens

Monday, 23 May 2022

Jubilee in Beckenham


Happy Platinum Jubilee Your Royal Queeness! 

Plant a tree in her Madgeness' honour.