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MI5’s greatest spymaster, an eccentric revealed in a new exciting biography

For a young writer it must be a dream come true. Henry Hemming’s second biography has been chosen as Book of the Week by The Week, got almost two pages in Sunday Times where Max […]

Summer reading

Summer reading season is almost upon us and these are a small selection of the suggestions that the booksellers of Village Books in Dulwich Village will be recommending in the coming months. This Must Be […]

VIDEO: Art Speaks: Sabrina Mahfouz

Art UK have released a film made with poem Sabrina Mahfouz on her creative response to a painting at Dulwich Picture Gallery. Sabrina gives a personal and political contemporary response to Ludolf Bakhuizen’s ‘Boats in […]

Two Paintings dated 1916

Here are still lives which move, bold brush strokes creating colours which speak out and swirl beyond stasis, a determined resonance defying established conventions and the catastrophe continuing not far away across the channel. The […]

Within the Frame

Foreground – back of a brown jacket, painted so seductively you feel the cloth, the weave, the warmth, the bulk of it and the body comfortably alive inside. Deeper in the picture another frame – […]

What could you read next?

Stuck for something to read this month? These are the books that Village Books in Dulwich have read, loved and can recommend to you. At The Existentialist Cafe by Sarah Bakewell Paris Near the turn of 1932-3. […]

Still Life

At fifty you painted your mother at eighteen, two years older than you were when she died, dressed in velvet scarlet like a young queen. You made her prettier than in real life, something about […]

Virginia by Vanessa

Opinions on my sitter are many, it’s assumed she’s hidden in thoughtful muse, conceiving her next profound masterpiece, handkerchief fingered in captivation. Many think she could be nursing sorrow, eyes downcast, clasping hankie for comfort. […]

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