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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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Books of the Beat Generation, from Rob Warren Books

Rob Warren is no stranger to nostalgia. The Bronx-born bibliophile traded in it for years as the owner of Skyline Books. Skyline was a New York City bookshop that made its home on W. 18th Street in Manhattan for two decades, until its closure in 2010. Its proprietor’s background was as book-soaked as one could […]

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3rd Milan International Antiquarian Book Fair

For the third time, antiquarian book enthusiasts from booksellers to avid experts to curious would-be collectors all came together under one roof at the Palazzo Mezzanotte in Milan, for the Milan International Antiquarian Book Fair. The fair took place Friday – Sunday, 27-29 March 2015. The event was put on by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association […]

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Six Classic Novels about Comets

Yesterday, the robot probe Philae landed on a comet after travelling for four billion miles and 10 years to reach it. The comet, named 67P, is more than four billion years old and is hurtling through space at 40,000 mph. It’s no wonder that authors – including those masters of fiction, Jules Verne and H.G. […]

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Ten vintage books you should give as gifts

We’ve picked 10 books that would make great gifts based on the cover alone. 1. For the Shopper: Black Friday. 2. For the Psychologist: Drugs and the Mind. 3. For the Cook: Eggs, Beans and Crumpets. 4. For the Dreamer: The Flight from the Enchanter. 5. For the Animal Lover:  Jack of the Circus. 6. […]

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The vintage travel books of H.V. Morton

Last month I picked up my first H.V. Morton book, A Stranger in Spain. I had learned a little about Morton from my research for our 50 Essential Travel Books feature so a shelf of his work proved irresistible to someone who enjoys thoughtful travel writing. Flicking through the book, I knew I had to buy […]

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Another Gerry Anderson story is go

Thunderbirds are go. Well, not exactly but something is go. The family of Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson, who died last year, have announced a new series of books will be published based on a story he had started before his death. The story concerns a secret organisation called Gemini Force One (GF1). MG Harris, the […]

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Health and Efficiency Magazine – 100+ years of nudism

If you are a nudist, or a naturist in some circles, then you will know Health and Efficiency Magazine, which is now called H&E naturist magazine. This is no ordinary niche journal serving a very particular group of people – Health and Efficiency began publishing in 1900, so it has a long history. It has […]

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How to Use a Colonial Era Printing Press

If you have a colonial era printing press tucked away in the cellar, here’s a video about how to use one.

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The best ‘old’ books read last year

Why bother with new books when there are so many good old ones to read? The Guardian asked some authors and critics to reveal their favourite old books that they read in 2012. Lionel Shriver said W Somerset Maugham’s The Collected Short Stories, AL Kennedy said Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll […]

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