Podcast interview with Rebecca Baumann

Podcast interview with Rebecca Baumann

Podcast interview with Rebecca Baumann We think you’ll enjoy the interview, which takes us from the vaults of Indiana University to HP Lovecraft’s New York and the modern-day book fairs of London. Death of a Sadist by RR Ryan – the tale of a young man who admires art so much he loses his soul […]

Judge’s copy of Lady Chatterley sells for £56,000

Judge’s copy of Lady Chatterley sells for £56,000

During the trial, Laurence Byrne famously asked whether the novel was “a book that you would… wish your wife or your servants to read.” As everyone knows, Penguin, the book’s publisher, was found not guilty. Judge Laurence Byrne brought the copy of DH Lawrence’s novel into the courtroom each day. A copy of Lady Chatterley’s […]

The Illustrated Dust Jacket 1920-1970

The Illustrated Dust Jacket 1920-1970

The Illustrated Dust Jacket 1920-1970 It traces the evolution of the book jacket from its functional origins as a plain protective covering. Salisbury celebrates the work of more than 50 artists from Rockwell Kent to Edward Gorey and NC Wyeth, and covers several styles including Art Deco from the 1920s and 1930s. Find copies This […]

Lisa Grimm: an interview with a ghostlore collector

Lisa Grimm: an interview with a ghostlore collector

Lisa Grimm: an interview with a ghostlore collector Montague Rhodes James (1862-1936) was a scholar at Cambridge University. They were designed to be read aloud to a group for entertainment. Lisa, who lives in Seattle, is a trained librarian but no longer works in libraries. Aside from books, her other passions are craft beer and […]

Anna Burns wins 2018 Man Booker Prize with Milkman

Anna Burns wins 2018 Man Booker Prize with Milkman

The novel is narrated by an 18-year-old girl – never named and known as Middle Sister – who is being harassed by an older paramilitary figure. Her first novel was called No Bones and that is also an account of growing up in Belfast. She wins £50,000 for Milkman, a novel set in the Troubles […]

Lee Israel: from author to forger

Lee Israel: from author to forger

Leonardo DiCaprio played Abagnale in a 2002 movie. Melissa McCarthy plays Lee Israel Have you heard of   Lee Israel? SEVEN MORE BOOKS ABOUT FORGERIES The Art Forger by B.A. Journalists   Salisbury and Sujo uncover the decade-long scam of con-man John Drewe and painter John Myatt, who copied famous artworks. She was a run-of-the-mill […]

The importance of Paddington Bear

The importance of Paddington Bear

Our latest podcast addresses the importance of Paddington Bear as he approaches his 60th birthday. From marmalade sandwiches to really hard stares, we look at why this children’s book character is so special.  The importance of Paddington Bear

Guide to literary road trips across America

Guide to literary road trips across America

Bill Bryson made a long journey considering he was in a pokey little car. It was made three months after they were married in a dilapidated car. Zelda was born in Montgomery, Alabama, which was their destination. It was a hapless trip of comedy, despair and danger, and the old car is a key character […]

Collecting the Dillons

Collecting the Dillons

There is a feeling serendipity that accompanies every new Dillon discovery I make; collecting their work perfectly epitomizes that old book-hunting adage, “You never know what you might find.” The thrill of the hunt is heightened by the fact that the Dillons’ work is unsigned on many of their early book covers – meaning that […]

Marthe McKenna, the WWI nurse who spied

Marthe McKenna, the WWI nurse who spied

Her book I Was a Spy! It’s still in print thanks to Pool of London Press. We’re seeing tremendous interest in the books of Marthe McKenna (1892-1966) after the New York Times ran an “overlooked” obituary. became a massive bestseller after the war. A nurse, McKenna, who was Belgian, spied on the Germans for almost […]

The obscure 1965 novel where the U.S. president goes insane

The obscure 1965 novel where the U.S. president goes insane

Only a handful of highly priced copies remain. Fletcher Knebel (1911-1993) specialized in political fiction featuring dramatic events. https://t.co/KUywy3rgo4 — Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) September 5, 2018 Hollenbach takes every slight or feeling of disappointment he feels toward people around him and weaves them together into a perception that he is under attack at all […]

10 novels set in bookstores

10 novels set in bookstores

Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin A. After a few days, Clay discovers that the store is more curious than either its name or its gnomic owner might suggest. When you sell a man a book, says Roger Mifflin, the traveling bookman at the center of this novella, you don’t sell him just 12 ounces of paper […]

The Bookshop, a movie of bookselling drama

The Bookshop, a movie of bookselling drama

The Bookshop, a movie of bookselling drama Bancroft book of physical exercise,” she says, referring to the 1940s edition of an early 20th-century manual that one of the townsfolk is seen ogling at the shop. Small town politics and prejudices, and the Lolita rumpus are thrown in for good measure. Penelope Fitzgerald (1916-2000) wrote nine […]

Amy Stewart on history, fiction and crime-fighting women

Amy Stewart on history, fiction and crime-fighting women

Amy Stewart on history, fiction and crime-fighting women A gardening memoir. A mystery set in the middle of hotly contested local election in 1916, Constance Kopp, one of the America’s first deputy sheriffs, battles prejudice as a woman is declared insane in peculiar circumstances. Amy Stewart, author of the Kopp Sisters crime novels Author Amy […]

Book review bingo

Book review bingo

Book review bingo I made a book review bingo card. Found on Twitter. He has a point. Critics are hailing it as ‘a remarkable achievement’. pic.twitter.com/n9Td7jgTNR — Paraic O’Donnell (@paraicodonnell) August 25, 2018

Amy Bronee interview: from blogger to published cookbook author

Amy Bronee interview: from blogger to published cookbook author

Amy Bronee interview: from blogger to published cookbook author Recipes include strawberry rhubarb jam, crunchy dill pickles, salted caramel pear butter, bing cherry barbecue sauce, and sweet thai chili chutney. She explains her story and much more in our latest Behind the Bookshelves podcast, which will interest would-be food writers looking for that debut publishing […]

Our latest podcast: books set in London

Our latest podcast: books set in London

Our latest podcast: books set in London For more recommendations, visit our literary tour of London page. From a genre-defining non-fiction book about Arsenal FC to fictional descriptions of the immigrant experience by Zadie Smith and Hanif Kureishi, we cast our eye across a wide selection of books.  Charing Cross Road features in one […]