Browse: the world in bookshops

Bookshops have always possessed a kind of magic. How many of us have wandered into a bookshop for “a quick look” and have found ourselves still browsing the shelves hours later? In Browse: the world in bookshops, Henry Hitchings asks fifteen writers from around the world on their thoughts and experiences of bookshops.

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The pleasure of reading

Antonia Fraser describes herself as an ‘addict’ of the written word. In this revealing book, she brings together more than forty leading writers (writing in the English language) of all ages and from backgrounds a diverse as possible, to explain what inspired their interest in books and what keeps them reading. First published in 1992, […]

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J.R.R Tolkien: the making of a legend

(Photo credit: Lion Hudson) (Above image shows a photograph of J.R.R. Tolkien) Long before the massively successful The Lord of the Rings films, J.R.R Tolkien’s creations and characters had captured the imagination of millions of readers. Today, it is difficult to imagine a world without Tolkien’s stories of Middle-earth, elves, wizards and hobbits. But who […]

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The lost library

(Photo credit: Westholme Publishing. Image above shows an old wooden library card catalogue drawer with the title of the book, The lost library, and the author’s name, Walter Mehring, written on the drawer) Born in Berlin at the end of the nineteenth century, Walter Mehring inherited both his father’s respect for the power of literature and […]

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The reading promise

Alice’s sister, Kathy, was in fourth grade when she said she no longer wanted her father to read to her. But Alice was different. When Alice was nine years old, she and her father – a school librarian – made a promise to read aloud together for 100 consecutive nights. But once the pair met […]

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Why not Catch-21?

(Photo credit: Frances Lincoln) (Image above shows the front cover of a book sitting on a book shelf surrounded by other books. The title and author of the book, Why not catch-21? The stories behind the title. Gary Dexter, are shown) Most book titles simply describe the contents of the book they are attached to. […]

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