A mysterious tale for anyone who loves books and bookshops

A mysterious tale for anyone who loves books and bookshops

Published on Monday 1 October 2018

An elusive owner who lives on the top floor but is never seen… customers who turn up after midnight in slippers and dressing gown, driven by an urgent desire for a book about Icelandic myths or pottery… a beautiful and insomniac shop manager who is blind in one eye…

The ingredients of David Belbin’s intriguing tale take us into a shadowy world that seems to exist somewhere between reality and dream. The mysteries deepen as the story unfolds and then there is also love, never spoken or acknowledged, but somehow amplified amid the hushed aisles and dusty shelves. This is a story for all those who love books and bookshops – or indeed for anyone who simply enjoys a good old-fashioned yarn.

  • A mysterious tale for anyone who loves books and bookshops

    A mysterious tale for anyone who loves books and bookshops

    Published on Monday 1 October 2018

    An elusive owner who lives on the top floor but is never seen… customers who turn up after midnight in slippers and dressing gown, driven by an urgent desire for a book about Icelandic myths or pottery… a beautiful and insomniac shop manager who is blind in one eye… The ingredients of David Belbin’s intriguing […]

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  • Poems that travel from source to sea

    Poems that travel from source to sea

    Published on Thursday 16 August 2018

    Rivers carve a passage through our landscapes with elemental force. At the same time, they can be and signify many different things. In Ian Duhig’s fascinating selection we encounter the scope and drama of rivers, from the complexity of Eavan Boland’s Liffe to Kayo Chingonyi’s turbid Tyne which prompts lovers to reflect on what brought […]

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  • Luscious poems for a carefree summer’s day

    Luscious poems for a carefree summer’s day

    Published on Friday 20 July 2018

    Lazing on a picnic rug under a clear blue sky, what could be more lovely than reading poetry?  These ten poems have been selected to provide a perfect accompaniment to an open-air feast; some capture culinary delights such as strawberry tarts and custard while others have been chosen to add to the mood of carefree […]

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"By the way I have become almost Evangelical about the pamphlets! Everyone I know has got one. I’m just stopping short of thrusting them on people I don’t know but who look as if they need a poetry break."Liz O’Sullivan, Dovegreyreader Chapter, Candlestick Collective

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