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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 top 10 summers in fiction

The Guardian’s Tim Lott has a post today chronicling what he believes to be the Top 10 Summers in fiction (reproduced below). What do you think? What would you add? I think it’s a solid list, though I’d want to include The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith, and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper […]

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10 Film Recommendations for Book Lovers

Look, even the most devout and voracious reader has to come up for air sometimes to prevent our eyes from crossing. And when we do, surely we must dip a toe into the waters of other hobbies. What’s nice, though, is how many of those hobbies can still sneakily support our bibliohabits. Film-watching, of course, […]

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Classic Children’s Books Quiz

Do you think you know children’s books? How well? Would you say the images of book covers from childhood are embedded in your brain? Well, here’s a chance to find out. Test your mettle with this quiz of 30 classic childhood book covers. We chose the most iconic kids’ books we could think of, took […]

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Top Ten Books About Addiction

This morning’s top 10 books list on The Guardian is a good one – top 10 books about addiction. There are some obvious choices like Irvine Welsh’s darkly funny, tragic and often really gross (that toilet scene…!) novel Trainspotting, and the surreal nightmare that is Requiem for a Dream by Hubert Selby Jr, but also […]

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My Favourite Reads of 2014

Every single year around this time, I find myself reflecting back on the books I’ve read since January 1st, and feeling: 1) mad at myself for not reading more; 2) mad at myself for wasting my life finishing that one really dreadful book; 3) delighted that I kept going through the hard bits of that […]

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Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North 2014 Booker Winner

The votes are in! Congratulations to Australian author Richard Flanagan, whose novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North has been announced the winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. Not only is Flanagan now £50,000 richer, but he is now virtually guaranteed to be in the eye of the literary community, and […]

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Eight Facts About Graham Greene

Today is the 110th anniversary of the birth of famous novelist Graham Greene (1904-1991), best known for his celebrated works Our Man in Havana, The End of the Affair and The Power and the Glory. In honour of the day and the man, here are some Graham Greene facts for you. 1) Graham Greene’s complete […]

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“Sausage machine” to disliking birds’ feet – 10 facts about Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie, the prolific writer of murder mysteries, was far from dull. Aside from her infamous disappearance in 1926 that fascinated a complete nation, there were many interesting aspects to her life. 1) Agatha dictated all her novels to an assistant. She suffered from dysgraphia, a learning disability, which stopped her from writing in a […]

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For the joy of reading: 12 bibliomemoirs

I’m sure you can all work out what sort of books are classified as bibliomemoirs. They are not all that common but memoirs about a life of reading, or the books that have particularly influenced someone are intriguing to fellow bibliophiles. Readers can always relate to fellow readers. Here is a selection of bibliomemoirs to […]

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