One Tree Books

One Tree Books is an award-winning independent bookshop established by Tim O’Kelly in 1994 situated in the market town of Petersfield in the heart of the South Downs. As you would expect, we are passionate about all things literary and if you can’t find something to tempt you from our extensive selection in the shop, we can order in just about anything. Come and browse our shelves, and then relax with a coffee from Ginger’s café to complete your visit – we look forward to welcoming you!

Bookshop Opening Hours

9:00 – 5pm Monday to Saturday

Cafe – Ginger’s Catering

9:00 – 4pm Monday to Saturday

Contact us on 01730 261199 /

Listen to Tim and Suzie Wilde talking all things books on Petersfield’s very own Shine Radio!





Book Club

CLASSIC BOOK CLUB: The Painted Veil – W. Somerset Maugham

Wednesday 17th January 2024 – 7:15 for :7:30pm

Kitty Fane is the beautiful but shallow wife of Walter, a bacteriologist stationed in Hong Kong. Unsatisfied by her marriage, she starts an affair with charming, attractive and exciting Charles Townsend. But when Walter discovers her deception, he exacts a strange and terrible vengeance: Kitty must accompany him to his new posting in remote mainland China, where a cholera epidemic rages…

The discussion will be led by Elizabeth Griffiths

BOOK CLUB: Bournville – Jonathan Coe

Wednesday 21st February 2024 – 7:15 for :7:30pm

Bournville, a placid suburb of Birmingham, sits a famous chocolate factory. For eleven-year-old Mary and her family in 1945, it’s the centre of the world. The reason their streets smell faintly of chocolate, the place where most of their friends and neighbours have worked for decades. Mary will go on to live through the Coronation and the World Cup final, royal weddings and royal funerals, Brexit and Covid-19. She’ll have children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Parts of the chocolate factory will be transformed into a theme park, as modern life and the city crowd in on their peaceful enclave.

As we travel through seventy-five years of social change, from James Bond to Princess Diana, and from wartime nostalgia to the World Wide Web, one pressing question starts to emerge: will these changing times bring Mary’s family – and their country – closer together, or leave them more adrift and divided than ever before?

The discussion will be led by Tim O’Kelly

Everyone is welcome – either let us know beforehand or just turn up on the night. If you would like to be added to the emailing list just go to our contacts page and put  your details in with ‘Book Club’ in the Subject line.  Our book club meetings cost £5 which includes a glass of wine.



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Thursday 30th November, 6pm

Book launch: How Not to Murder Your Ex by Katie Marsh

Local author Katie Marsh is back with a change of direction as she introduces her first crime novel. 

It is 5:30 am on Clio’s forty-fifth birthday and her hated ex is lying dead on her doorstep. Even worse, this is no accident. Someone’s killed him…

When single mum Clio’s ex Gary turns up dead on the doorstep of her caravan – the one she’s been forced to live in ever since he stole every penny she had – there’s only one suspect. Her. What’s more, she doesn’t remember much about the night he was killed – not just because of the forgetfulness that’s been plaguing her along with the hot flushes – but because she definitely had one too many cocktails with her two best friends Amber and Jeanie. Clio does remember them talking about how much they all hated him though. And, in the frame for murder, she has to ask herself – if she didn’t kill Gary, who did? One of his many enemies? Or someone a little closer to home? And can she and her friends find the real killer before it’s too late?

Wednesday 6th December, from 5pm: Tim’s Book Review of the Year

Come and join us for Tim’s review of the best books of the year over a glass of mulled wine – lots of great suggestions for gifts or maybe just to treat yourself!

Thursday 7th December: Late Night Shopping

Along with the rest of the independent traders in the town, we will be open for late night shopping until 7pm.

Postponed  – The thriller comes of age? Join us as we welcome Victoria Selman, Simon Toyne and William Shaw to launch their latest thrillers.

Tickets available at £4, which includes a credit against any of the authors books. Book through the contact form, email or just drop into the shop.

If thrillers reflect the changing complexities of our world, three of our top contemporary thriller writers come together to discuss where the genre is headed.

 Sunday Times bestseller Victoria Selman’s latest thriller All The Little Liars tells a story that reaches across two decades following the disappearance of a thirteen-year-old girl. It’s a novel about sisterly love and toxic friendship that asks how much would you sacrifice to belong? John Marrs calls it, ‘Fantastically addictive.’ After graduating from Oxford University, Victoria Selman studied Creative Writing at the City Lit her debut Blood for Blood was shortlisted for the CWA’s Debut Dagger. Truly Darkly Deeply was a Richard and Judy pick and was long listed for the Theakston’s prize, and Jeffrey Deaver warned, ‘It will keep you up all night.’ Patricia Cornwall describes her as ‘an exciting and powerfully fresh voice. Victoria co-hosts the top-rated crime fiction podcast Crime Time FM

Criminologist Dr Laughton Rees returns in international bestselling author Simon Toyne’s The Clearing, investigating an alarming number of disappearances in an ancient and remote forest, and the local legend of a bogeyman called The Cinderman who is believed to prey on young women. ‘The ending is genuinely one of the most jaw-dropping ones I’ve read in a long time. Absolutely superb,’ says M.W. Craven. Simon Toyne is the international bestselling author of Dark Objects, the Sanctus trilogy and the Solomon Creed series. He wrote Sanctus after quitting his job as a TV executive and it became the biggest selling debut thriller of 2011 in the UK. Tess Gerritsen said of his novel Dark Objects: ‘There are times when I read another author’s novel and it’s so darn good I just want to put down my own pen and retire because I can’t match it. This is that book.’ Simon’s books have been translated into 29 languages and published in over 50 countries.

William Shaw took a breather from his critically acclaimed DS Cupidi series to write two international thrillers as G.W. Shaw. The latest is The Conspirators, about a hapless English language translator who unwittingly finds himself at the centre of an international crime conspiracy. The Literary Review says it’s: ‘Clever, persuasively written and great fun’. William Shaw has been shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger, a Barry Award and three times long listed for the Theakston’s Prize. The Sun calls him ‘a modern crime master’. Peter May has praised him as ‘a superb storyteller’, and Peter James has hailed him as ‘one of the great rising talents of UK crime fiction.’ The Times critic, the late Marcel Berlins once said: ‘William Shaw is a superb, flowing writer, both of police procedure and personal relations, and perhaps England’s most adept at using dialogue to propel his always intelligent stories.’

One Tree Writers

Do you write? Have you always wanted to write? We’re a small friendly group who have been meeting for over ten years. We take turns to read out whatever we are currently working on and offer each other advice and support. Over time we have had writers working on short stories, novels (adult, YA and children’s), poetry, memoir, blogs and even academic essays! We have met at various venues and now, at Tim’s invitation, we will be based at One Tree books – hence our new name. We meet upstairs at 2.30 on Tuesday afternoons. If you think you might be interested, why not come along and say hello?

Ginger’s Café

A vegetarian and plant-based friendly catering company, with a seating area at the back of the shop and takeaway service from the front.

Breakfast is served from 9 - 11.30am, and lunch between 11am - 2:30pm. Menu includes sandwiches and toasties, soup of the day, a selection of quiches, frittatas and salad and locally baked cakes. Our speciality coffee is Luna blend from a local roasting company - Moon Roast Coffee in Alresford.

We try our best to use products and suppliers that are at least one of the golden 4: Organic; Local; Reduced plastic; Reduced carbon imprint.

Book Doctor

An appointment with our book doctor makes a great gift - for a birthday or a wedding, or just to treat yourself or a friend.  Our personal service begins with a consultation usually lasting 30 minutes or so which includes coffee and a welcome pack, discussing your reading tastes and getting an idea of what you love most about books. We then send out a monthly book choice to any address in the UK (other destinations available on request).

Prices start at £75 for 6 months, or £150 for 12 months.