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The story of Takaya, Canada’s lone wolf

In our latest podcast, we interview Cheryl Alexander who is a conservation photographer based in Victoria, British Columbia, and the author of a book called Takaya Lone Wolf. Beginning in 2014, she photographed the unusual phenomenon of a lone wolf that lived on a cluster of small islands about 1.5km off the coast of Victoria […]

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American poet Louise Glück wins 2020 Nobel Prize for Literature

Today, we have a good reason to talk about poetry. Louise Glück (pronounced Glick) has won the 2020 Nobel prize for literature. She is the first American woman to win since Toni Morrison in 1993. The 77-year-old writer has already won a Pulitzer, a National Book Award and numerous other prizes. Her writing often covers […]

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Podcast: Gladstone’s Library

This is the UK’s only residential library, Gladstone’s Library in Flintshire near Chester. Yes, you can spend the night in this building. We speak to warden and director Peter Francis about the history of this remarkable institution in our latest podcast.

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Italy in Bocca – how rare cookbooks with cardboard covers inspired a food film

Roberto Serrini, an editor and filmmaker, and Peter Boggia, a motorcycle mechanic, are two friends from Queens with a shared love of books and food, particularly authentic Italian cuisine. Inspired by a series of rare cardboard-bound, handwritten cookbooks published in 1976 by a small Italian publisher called Edizone Il Vespro, Roberto and Peter have made […]

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25 Out-of-Print Books That Were Used Bestsellers in 2019

Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick Marcus Sedgwick’s debut novel from 2000 is bizarrely out-of-print. This fantasy story, aimed at young adults, imagines a future where England is covered by water and the city of Norwich is now an island. Zoe has been left behind and struggles to survive amid the chaos. This piece of environmental fiction […]

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Marilyn Monroe’s personal library: an epic reading list

Marilyn Monroe was an avid reader. Books were a huge part of her life. In 1999, Christie’s staged an auction of her belongings, including her books. The list of the books from her shelves, published by the Booktryst blog several years ago, reveals the actress had an epic personal library, stretching across numerous genres. There […]

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Long live used books

Our latest video is a short celebration of used books, which are at the heart of the AbeBooks world. If you love vintage Penguin paperbacks, discovering a long forgotten out-of-print gem, or just receiving amazing value for money when book-buying, then this video is for you.

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Pedal power posters: vintage bicycle advertising

The Tour de France remains one of the world’s most significant and most grueling sporting events. The world’s most famous bicycle race was first staged in 1903 and its long history mirrors the development of the bicycle as a method of transport for leisure and work. Advertising posters for bikes have been around for even […]

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German novel banned by the Nazis appears in English for first time

A novel banned by the Nazis has been published in English for the first time after being translated by rare bookseller Simon Beattie. At the Edge of the Night (Am Rande der Nacht in German) by Friedo Lampe was published in 1933, but it immediately infuriated the Nazis for its homoerotic content and depiction of […]

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