Martin Latham : ‘The Bookseller’s Tale’

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Martin Latham
The Bookseller’s Tale

Penguin Books, september 2020
ISBN 9780241408810, hardcover, 368 pagina’s, € 21,99

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This is the story of our love affair with books, whether we arrange them on our shelves, inhale their smell, scrawl in their margins or just curl up with them in bed. Taking us on a journey through comfort reads, street book stalls, mythical libraries, itinerant pedlars, radical pamphleteers, extraordinary bookshop customers and fanatical collectors, Canterbury bookseller Martin Latham uncovers the curious history of our book obsession – and his own. Part cultural history, part literary love letter and part reluctant memoir, this is the tale of one bookseller and many, many books. (publisher)

>> Martin Latham knows books. Waterstone’s longest-serving manager not only boasts an enviable knowledge of reading recommendations, but has made our obsession with books his life’s work. Now, those observations form a fascinating history of bookselling – and why people buy books – itself, in Latham’s new book, The Bookseller’s Tale.

Part-memoir, part-cultural history, part literary love letter, The Bookseller’s Tale offers a fascinating dive into the sheer joy of reading, and the machinations that have enabled it around the world and from ancient history on. [lees verder bij Penguin]

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