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Tony Blair up for the Bad Sex Award

Normally the prize is only given for fiction but in this one special case the Bad Sex Award judges bent the rules and are letting Tony Blair into the running for this little atrocity which made its way into the former Prime Minister’s autobiography A Journey: That night she cradled me in her arms and […]

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Fly Fishing by J.R. Hartley is sought after once more

Our friends at BookFinder.com have released their annual “BookFinder Report” on the 100 most sought after out-of-print books in America. I enjoy looking at this list each year because it features everything I love about used book shops in one tidy list. A nice mix of nearly forgotten fiction, old manuals that are superior to […]

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Women dominate Thomas Award nominations

Five of the six writers shortlisted for this year’s incarnation of the Dylan Thomas Award, which is a £30,000 prize given to the best published writer in English who is under 30. The Beeb summed up the candidates quiet nicely: Caroline Bird: UK poet and playwright, 23, the first writer to be nominated twice for […]

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AbeBooks’ August 2010 bestsellers

AbeBooks.co.uk Top 10 bestsellers for August 2010 1. Vietnam by Spencer C. Tucker 2. The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren 3. The Sunflower by Simon Wiesenthal 4. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls 5. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank 6. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White 7. The Golden […]

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AbeBooks’ June 2010 Bestsellers

AbeBooks’ Bestselling Signed Books 1. The Passage by Justin Cronin 2. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell 3. Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes 4. Imperial Bedrooms by Bret Easton Ellis 5. Spies of the Balkans by Alan Furst 6. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley 7. The […]

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Top 20 authors under 40 in Britain

The Telegraph adds some fuel to the fire set last week by The New Yorker when they listed their top 20 American authors under the age of 40. In response the British paper has posted their own list: 1 Chris Cleave 2 Rana Dasgupta 3 Adam Foulds 4 Sarah Hall 5 Steven Hall 6 Mohsin […]

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Top 10 bestsellers for May 2010

Top 10 bestselling books on AbeBooks.com for May 2010 1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson 2. The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson 3. The Unconquerable World by Jonathan Schell 4. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest by Stieg Larsson 5. Mouse Tales by Arnold Lobel 6. To […]

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AbeBooks April Bestsellers 2010

Top 10 bestselling signed Books 1. Solar by Ian McEwan 2. Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes 3. The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett 4. Tinkers by Paul Harding 5. Angelology by Danielle Trussoni 6. The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ by Philip Pullman 7. Horns by Joe Hill 8. […]

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Clegg on Beckett

Nick Clegg’s hero is Samuel Beckett. My first encounter with Beckett was when I was studying in Minnesota and I acted in a student production of Krapp’s Last Tape. Back then I remember images of Beckett making as great an impression on me as his work. He always looked so impressive – that beak-like nose, […]

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Bestselling books in March 2010

AbeBooks.com top 10 Bestsellers 1. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger 2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson 3. The Answer: Grow Any Business, Achieve Financial Freedom, and Live an Extraordinary Life by John Assaraf 4. The Help by Kathryn Stockett 5. One Minute Manager by Kenneth Blanchard 6. Alice’s […]

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