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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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The Ultimate Alice in Wonderland Birthday Cake

In honour of the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, AbeBooks has created a video describing how to make the ‘Ultimate Alice Birthday Cake.’ Have you made a literary cake?

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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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Terry Pratchett 1948 – 2015

The man who gave us Discworld is gone. Sir Terry Pratchett died today, at home, surrounded by family, of complications from end-stage early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease. Throughout Pratchett’s lengthy career, he published over 70 books. He was by far best known for his Discworld books, a series of 40 bizarre and very funny fantasy novels set […]

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Olivia and the Measles: Roald Dahl’s Personal Vaccination Plea

The battle for and against vaccinating children reared its hugly head in America after an unvaccinated person at Disneyland in California precipitated an outbreak ion early 2015. Over 100 confirmed cases were reported, across 14 states. And immunisation, particularly against Measles, found a new ally in a resurgence of a decades-old, desperately sad letter from beloved British […]

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Rare photo album commemorating The 39 Steps movie sells for £8,250

AbeBooks.co.uk has sold a rare presentation photograph album commemorating the 1935 movie version of John Buchan’s classic thriller The Thirty-Nine Steps. The book – containing more than 200 photographs – sold for £8,250 (approx. $12,500). Probably one of only a handful produced by Lime Grove Studios as a gift to key people involved in the […]

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Joan Didion’s favourite books

The Brainpicker blog has highlighted Joan Didion’s list of her favourite books of all-time. Lots of classics including Henry James, Hemingway, Orwell, Emily Brontë, James Baldwin and the poetry of WH Auden, Robert Lowell and Wallace Stevens. Born in 1934, Didion’s literary career began in 1963 with her debut novel, Run, River. In 2005, Didion won a […]

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Crime Writer P.D. James Dies at 94

Phyllis Dorothy James, better known as P.D. James, died this morning. The crime writer wrote over 20 books in total throughout her career, most of them novels. She is perhaps best-known for the creation of recurring character Adam Dalgliesh. The much-beloved Scotland Yard Inspector featured in 14 of James’ novels, including her first book, Cover […]

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Alan Turing’s ‘Imitation Game’ paper on artificial intelligence sells for £1,250

An academic journal from 1950 containing a seminal essay on computer intelligence by British codebreaker Alan Turing has sold for £1,250 (approx $1,970) on AbeBooks.co.uk. Turing, who cracked the German secret code in World War II, is currently being played by Benedict Cumberbatch in the movie, The Imitation Game. Turing wrote a paper titled ‘Computer […]

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