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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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Rejected by mainstream publishers, Black Rock White City wins Miles Franklin award

An obscure novel, rejected by the major Australian publishers, has won Australia’s Miles Franklin award, the country’s top literary prize. AS Patric’s Black Rock White City is published by independent publisher Transit Lounge and not particularly easy to find right now, but that will change in the coming weeks. Black Rock White City tells the […]

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What does scaramouche mean?

Ever wondered what Freddie Mercury and Queen were singing about in Bohemian Rhapsody when you hear ‘Scaramouche, Scaramouche. Will you do the fandango?’ I thought exactly that when I saw AbeBooks had recently sold a 1921 first edition of Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini for $3,000/£2,250. What does Scaramouche mean? Or rather, who was Scaramouche? Scaramouche […]

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Nick Skelton’s show jumping gold sparks rush for his forgotten autobiography

The Rio 2016 Olympics appeared to have zero effect on bookselling until a 58-year-old from Warwickshire won a gold medal for Great Britain. The stories behind superstars like Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt, and Mo Farah are well known, but Nick Skelton is not a household name. He is a veteran equestrian, who has competed since […]

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Rare comic featuring Superman’s debut sells for £730,000

A 1938 edition of Action Comics No. 1 sold for £730,000 (that’s $956,000) yesterday.  Written by Jerry Siegel and illustrated by Joe Shuster, the 13-page story describes Superman coming to Earth, rescuing an innocent woman from the electric chair, stopping an episode of wife-beating and going out on a date with Lois Lane. The famous […]

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Welsh National Opera turns In Parenthesis war poem into a bestseller

The Welsh National Opera’s interpretation of In Parenthesis has sparked interest in David Jones’ modernist poem about World War I. The book has been the top search term on AbeBooks.co.uk during July and is now a bestseller… 79 years after it was originally published. The poem was published in 1937 and won Hawthornden literary prize […]

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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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Interview with AbeBooks’ ‘Heritage’ seller Zubal-Books

To celebrate AbeBooks.com’s 20th anniversary in June, we are profiling one of our ‘Heritage’ sellers, Zubal-Books from Cleveland, Ohio. Any bookseller who joined our marketplace in 1996 is classified as a Heritage seller. Michael Zubal, son of the founder John Zubal, was kind enough to answer our questions about a bookselling business that was created […]

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JK Rowling’s chair sells for £278,000

The chair that JK Rowling used while writing the first two Harry Potter books has sold for £278,000 at auction in New York, reports The Guardian. She penned Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets while sitting on the chair. The 1930s chair was one of four mismatched chairs […]

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