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Walk through Umberto Eco’s private library

Be warned. Umberto had a mighty big library. Let him lead the way.

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Murder mystery mail! Enjoy the Agatha Christie stamps

The Royal Mail announced it would be releasing a series of Agatha Christie stamps with “hidden secrets” to mark the 126th anniversary of her birth. The six stamps are devoted to her mysteries, and include her debut The Mysterious Affair at Styles and the classic Murder on the Orient Express. The Guardian says: Each design […]

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Seize the day – a first edition of A Shropshire Lad sells for £3,250

Seize the day, it’s a mantra we hear almost daily across social media and pop culture. One hundred and twenty years after the publication of A Shropshire Lad, a first edition of A.E. Housman’s famous book of poetry – which encourages readers to act while they can – has sold for £3,250 on AbeBooks.co.uk. Housman’s collection […]

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Changes trilogy author Peter Dickinson dies at 88

It was sad to hear of Peter Dickinson’s death at the age of 88. His writing is much loved in our household. The BBC’s 1970s adaptation of Dickinson’s Changes trilogy had a huge impact on me at the time. It was a genuinely disturbing piece of drama… for children. His three books about how Britain […]

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Bookseller of the Week: Churchill Book Collector

To celebrate the anniversary of Winston Churchill’s birth on 30 November 1874, Marc Kuritz of Churchill Book Collector was kind enough to answer our questions about his bookselling business. Churchill Book Collector – a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America – is located in San Diego, California, and is run by Marc and […]

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Shortlists for 2015 Costa book awards

The shortlists for the 2015 Costa book awards have been announced. There are five prizes in all and two major names – Anne Enright and Kate Atkinson – appear among the contenders for the novel prize. The Guardian notes that The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley, which is up for the first novel prize, had […]

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“Corpse” – the essential ingredient in vintage murder mysteries

Here’s our latest video – a salute to vintage murder mysteries. “Corpse” is not the sweetest word in the dictionary but it is very functional. It describes quite clearly that the living thing is no more (an ex-human as the Monty Python folks might say).  And that’s why crime writers adore the word ‘corpse’. It […]

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Discover the book Keith Richards would take to a desert island

What book would you take to a desert island? Rolling Stones star Keith Richards selected Doctor Dogbody’s Leg by James Norman Hall when he appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs show last month. The book is an entertaining collection of short stories told by Dr. Dogbody, a crusty one-legged old sailor, in a […]

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Signed copy of Career of Evil sells for £1,500

It didn’t take long for Robert Galbraith’s latest book to become collectable. Over the weekend, AbeBooks.co.uk sold a signed copy of Career of Evil for £1,500 (that’s $1,385 in Yankee dollars) to show that interest in J.K. Rowling’s crime writing alter ego remains as strong as ever. Career of Evil is the third Cormoran Strike novel […]

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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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