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Elizabeth Taylor goes from bookshop to plantation

In Shillingworth-On-Thames Elizabeth Taylor is swept of her feet by John Wiley, the owner of a Ceylon tea plantation, and has amazing romantic adventures. Perhaps she would have been happier staying in the world of books, or perhaps things would … Continue reading

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Books about booksellers too

For a project in November we are gathering information on novels and stories set in bookshops, that are about fictional booksellers, or in which there are characters who are booksellers. Let us know what you know under the “suggest a fictional publisher … Continue reading

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Why we need publishers of liberated literature

In Stanisław Lem’s The Futurological Congress (1971) the annual meeting of the Futurological Association takes place in Costa Rica in the same hotel as the Convention of Publishers of Liberated Literature and the Phillumenist Society (matchbook collectors). These groups seem … Continue reading

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A book is a kind of lavatory

Anthony Burgess did not write about publishers in The Malayan Trilogy, but close to the end of the last book, Beds in the East, his main character Victor Crabbe exchanges these words with a Chinese assistant manager. “The Japanese killed my … Continue reading

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