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Did these toy building blocks inspire young Einstein’s imagination?

Albert Einstein’s much-loved childhood building blocks have been listed for sale on AbeBooks.co.uk. Housed in two wooden boxes, the set features approximately 160 pieces with some chipped from use. Did these humble toy building blocks nurture the imagination of the boy who would become the world’s greatest physicist? It’s inspiring to think that these simple […]

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Eight Pancake Books That Go Way Beyond Shrove Tuesday

Pancakes are delicious enough to deserve our attention way beyond Shrove Tuesday (February 28) and the start of Lent. The editors at AbeBooks.co.uk have selected eight pancake cookery books offering recipes that span the world, from California to Russia and Scandinavia, and show numerous forms of this humble but versatile dish. The original reason for […]

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Vinegar valentine cards – vintage insults for 14 February

More than 150 years ago, Victorian ‘greeting card trolls’ were using the fledgling postal system to insult people with so-called ‘Vinegar Valentine’ cards. These anonymous cards, illustrated with caricatures and snarky poetry, were a major phenomenon as the ability to communicate regardless of distance became more accessible. It appears vinegar valentines originated in the United […]

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Bookseller Q&A: Meet Lucius Books

In the run-up to the 2017 London International Antiquarian Book Fair, which is proudly supported by AbeBooks.co.uk, we are celebrating the rare bookselling community. We begin by profiling Lucius Books from York, a seller with AbeBooks since 2000. Lucius Books began trading in 1993, when James Hallgate started to buy and sell crime fiction first editions in Northeast  England. Embracing […]

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PBFA’s Kensington Christmas Book Fair returns, 3 December

The PBFA’s Kensington Christmas Book Fair returns on 3 December. Now a fixture on the British rare book calendar, the Christmas Book Fair has a new venue this year – the Hilton London Olympia Hotel at 380 Kensington High Street. The fair opens at 11am and closes at 5pm. Entrance is £2 on the door […]

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John le Carré: “The best book I have ever read on men and war”

John le Carré described it as “the best book I have ever read on men and war in our time,”  while The Guardian placed the title on its list of the top 100 non-fiction books. The publisher was so proud of this quote from le Carré  that they emblazoned it on the cover of later editions. […]

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Introducing Collections: A new way of shopping for collectables

We’re excited to announce that AbeBooks.co.uk has launched a new method of shopping for collectables – including art, ephemera and books – that combines the expertise of sellers around the world with the ability to discover hundreds of diverse, eclectic and often surprising items in a matter of seconds. Collections is a new highly visual […]

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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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Original Pauline Baynes drawing for Prince Caspian sells for £5,000

I’ve lost count of the number of times I have read Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis, and this image of the Pevensie children and Trumpkin crawling through the woods under a rain of arrows is ingrained into my memory. I am not the only person with fond memories for this Chronicles of Narnia book – somebody […]

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The best of Instagram life becomes a book

So there’s now a book about the best photographs on Instagram. Life on Instagram features images selected by Jim Stoddart, art director at Penguin. The photo-sharing network was launched in 2010 and now has more than 500 million users. For many users, Instagram is their essential app on their smartphones. Almost 100 million pictures and […]

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