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We're not talking about rooms that are just full of books. We're talking about bookshops in barns, disused factories, converted churches and underground car parks. Bookshops on boats, on buses, and in old run-down train stations. Fold-out bookshops, undercover bookshops, this-is-the-best-place-I've-ever-been-to-bookshops. Meet Sarah and her Book Barge sailing across the sea to France; meet Sebastien, in Mongolia, who sells books to herders of the Altai mountains; meet the bookshop in Canada that's invented the world's first antiquarian book vending machine. And that's just the beginning. From the oldest bookshop in the world, to the smallest you could imagine, The Bookshop Book examines the history of books, talks to authors about their favourite places, and looks at over two hundred weirdly wonderful bookshops across six continents (sadly, we've yet to build a bookshop down in the South Pole). The Bookshop Book is a love letter to bookshops all around the world. A good bookshop is not just about selling books from shelves, but reaching out into the world and making a difference. (David Almond). The Bookshop Book includes interviews and quotes from David Almond, Ian Rankin, Tracy Chevalier, Audrey Niffenegger, Jacqueline Wilson, Jeanette Winterson and many, many others.
Entering a really good bookshop is like venturing into an Aladdin’s cave of literary possibility, with exciting discoveries around every corner; and to her great credit, Jen Campbell, whose Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops made such an impact, has created just such a buzz with her magical foray into the land of books. Delightfully eclectic and warmly inviting, Campbell’s personal voyage into the world of bookselling is exhilarating. Delving into over two hundred bookshops in Britain, Europe and around the world, Campbell’s discoveries include the likes of the British couple who run a book barge, and a man in Mongolia who brings books to mountain herders, the parameters for booklovers truly knowing few boundaries. Add seasoned thoughts of well-known authors, and some quirky book facts, and you have the perfect present for bibliophiles everywhere.
Publication date: 02/10/2014
Publisher: Constable an imprint of Constable and Robinson
|Publication date:||2nd October 2014|
|Publisher:||Constable an imprint of Constable and Robinson|
|Genres:||Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites, Humour, The Real World,|
|Categories:||Publishing industry & book trade, Literary companions, book reviews & guides, Humour,|
Jen Campbell grew up in the North East of England, and graduated from Edinburgh University with an MA in English Literature. She's a published poet and short story writer. She lives in North London where she works at Ripping Yarns bookshop.More About Jen Campbell