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15 Literary Heroines for International Women’s Day

For over a century, each year on 8th March, people all around the globe take time out to celebrate the work, struggles, and achievements of women. We remember and acknowledge with gratitude those who fought for us in the past and recognise we have a long way yet to go for equal rights. Feminists and […]

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Introducing Keel Row Books

Our newest featured bookseller is Keel Row Books. Keel Row Books is an antiquarian and second-hand bookshop in historic North Shields, close to the mouth of the River Tyne in the north of England. Large and rambling, the shop is located in a Georgian house that was once home to Tynemouth parish church’s sexton. It […]

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Bookseller Q&A: Colophon Books, PBFA

Today’s Bookseller Q&A comes from Staffordfshire. Mike Barlow is the owner of Colophon Books, PBFA in Leek. He has been selling books since the mid-1970s, and during that time has sold to major libraries around the globe, university collections, as well as serious private collectors, and has sold 1st editions of The Hobbit, a letter […]

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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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10 Memorable, Unusual Cookery Books

Over all the years of book love, I’ve come across so many weird and wonderful books, from rare and collectable automobile repair manuals to children’s potty-training books to unimaginably beautiful books of art and everything in between. Some of my favourites have been cookery books. Since we all eat, you’d think cookery books would bring […]

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Omar Sharif, Boris Pasternak, The KGB and the CIA

Midway through the year, while scanning a report of our recent high-value orders, a sale caught my eye. It was a copy of Boris Pasternak’s classic novel Doctor Zhivago, in its original Russian, bound in plain, blue cloth. It sold for $11,000. The bookseller’s description mentioned that this was the edition “covertly published by the […]

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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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Ali Smith Wins 2015 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction

Big congratulations to Ali Smith, whose novel How to Be Both has been announced the winner of this year’s Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. The book has been called eloquent and lyrical, unusual and magical, and a modern revelation. This year marks 20 years of the prize, which was formerly known as the Orange Prize […]

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