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Black Magic! Classic piece of Gothic horror sells for £1,200

A 1909 first edition of Black Magic by Marjorie Bowen – an influential piece of Gothic fiction – has sold for £1,200 on AbeBooks. Signed and inscribed, this book is very rare with just three other copies from 1909 listed for sale on our marketplace. Black Magic begins with the ominous line: “In the large […]

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AbeBooks’ bestselling signed books

Once a month we like to take a peek at our top-selling signed books. September’s list features an ex-president, a Pulitzer Prize winner, and an astronaut. British neurologist Oliver Sacks’ book Awakenings makes a special appearance following his death on August 30th. 1. A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety by Jimmy Carter 2. Ready Player […]

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Tickets please. Osterley Bookshop is housed in an old Tube station

Books and trains have always had a close relationship. The Osterley Bookshop, in the leafy suburbs of west London, is located in an old (overground) Tube station. The building is just a couple of minutes walk from the current Osterley Tube station (an Art Deco gem from 1933) and is owned by Tony Vesely and his wife, […]

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Island life suits the Ryde Bookshop

The Isle of Wight is home to the Ryde Bookshop. Ryde is a small town on the northern side of the island, facing much larger Portsmouth on the mainland. Established in December 1988, the bookshop is open seven days a week and very much a traditional bookshop. Situated at 135 High Street, opposite the Catholic […]

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Carnforth Bookshop – a Lancashire tradition since 1977

North of Morecambe and east of the M6, Carnforth Bookshop is an independent, family-run business in the historic town of Carnforth in a part of Lancashire where there’s a hint of the seaside in the air. Located on Market Street on a very recognizable brick building, the shop was established in 1977 and visitors will find […]

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Derbyshire’s Scarthin Books – beating the odds since 1974

In 2008, The Guardian revealed its list of the 10 best bookshops in the world. Scarthin Books from Cromford in Derbyshire was on the list. Quite an achievement for a bookshop in a small rural community. David Mitchell is the founder and owner of Scarthin. He started the business in 1974 with just a single […]

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Beautiful 1928 Parisian theatre poster sells for £1,146

This beautiful Parisian theatre poster from 1928 has just sold for $1,760 (about £1,146) on the AbeBooks marketplace. It promotes a French opera-ballet called The Golden Cockerel (Coq d’Or in French) by Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. The libretto derives from Pushkin’s poem, The Tale of the Golden Cockerel, which was based on a section of Washington Irving’s […]

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Amy Stewart turns to fiction with Girl Waits With Gun

I’ve been reading Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart. Released this week, it’s Amy’s first novel and marks her entry into fiction after a series of entertaining non-fiction hits including The Drunken Botanist, Wicked Plants, Wicked Bugs and Flower Confidential. Amy is no ordinary author as she is truly committed to books and the […]

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Misprinted copy of Go Set a Watchman sells for £988

A misprinted copy of Go Set a Watchman has sold for £988 on the AbeBooks marketplace. Earlier this month, it emerged that a number of the UK first editions were missing sections of text from pages toward the end of Harper Lee’s novel. The Guardian had reported: A number of the first 25,000 copies of Harper […]

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BBC radio show sparks interest in forgotten farming book from 1944

A long forgotten farming book published in 1944, that promotes small-scale agriculture, is in demand again after being featured on a BBC Radio 4 show at the weekend. The Farming Ladder by George Henderson was the basis for Sybil Ruscoe’s On the Farm, which is broadcast at 6.35am on Sunday mornings. The book outlines the […]

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