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Tell Delia that specialty cookbooks are alive and well

Last week, the doyenne of British food writers Delia Smith was awarded the Companion of Honour for services to cookery at Buckingham Palace. At the time, Delia – who is deservedly known by one name to millions of people rather like Madonna, Adele and Bono – said that cookbooks were dead because recipes were now […]

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2017 PBFA Christmas Book Fair coming up soon

The PBFA’s Christmas Book Fair is just around the corner. This year it takes places at the Holiday Inn Bloomsbury on Coram Street, London, WC1N 1HT, on Saturday 2 December between 10.30am and 4.30pm. Once again, AbeBooks.co.uk is excited to be supporting this annual event. Thousands of rare books, prints, photographs and ephemera will be […]

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Man Booker 2017 shortlist includes Auster, Saunders, Ali Hamid and a bookseller from York

The 2017 Man Booker Prize shortlist has been announced. You can look at the list in several ways – three male and three female writers; two British, one British-Pakistani and three American writers, or even four established names and two new faces. Paul Auster (US), 4 3 2 1 Emily Fridlund (US), History of Wolves […]

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Don’t miss the Amsterdam Antiquarian Book & Map Fair

Anyone who loves antique books, atlases, old maps, fine prints, manuscripts, first editions and any other versions of the written/printed word should visit the Amsterdam International Antiquarian Book & Map Fair on 30 September and 1 October. The fair has attracted a large number of prominent antiquarian dealers from the Netherlands and also Britain, the […]

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Historic unpublished book of Isle of Man paintings from 1887 goes on sale

An unpublished album containing original paintings of the Isle of Man in 1887 by a Suffolk schoolmaster with a passion for recording the past has been listed for sale on AbeBooks.co.uk. Hamlet Watling (1818-1908) devoted his spare time to either writing about history, or sketching and painting ancient sites and monuments. The album is titled ‘The […]

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Bookseller profile – John Atkinson

John Atkinson’s bookselling business, which was launched in 2007, is located in Ripon in North Yorkshire. We were thrilled to meet John at the recent London International Antiquarian Book Fair and he has given us an insight into his work as a seller of some beautiful modern first editions. A member of the ABA and […]

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Selling academic books the Skoob way

Most of London’s students, academics and intellectuals find their way to Skoob Books eventually. Skoob (that’s books backwards in case you were wondering) specializes in academic literature and offers thousands of used copies of titles that are simply not available elsewhere. This underground bunker of bookishness is piled high with books about philosophy, psychology, modern […]

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Visit the 2017 London International Antiquarian Book Fair

Save the date for the 2017 London International Antiquarian Book Fair, one of the world’s leading rare book shows. The event takes place at the Olympia exhibition centre on Thursday 1 June (1pm to 8pm), Friday 2 (11am to 7pm) and Saturday 3 (11am to 4pm). Visiting Olympia is a fantastic way to view and […]

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Before he was ‘Glam’, archive showing 18-year-old Marc Bolan goes on sale

A collection of letters, photos and poetry from 18-year-old Marc Bolan, showing the early days of his music career, has been listed for sale on AbeBooks. Bolan became one of the biggest names in 1970s Glam Rock but this archive provides an insight into his life as he prepared to release his debut single, The […]

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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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