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25 Out-of-Print Books That Were Used Bestsellers in 2019

Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick Marcus Sedgwick’s debut novel from 2000 is bizarrely out-of-print. This fantasy story, aimed at young adults, imagines a future where England is covered by water and the city of Norwich is now an island. Zoe has been left behind and struggles to survive amid the chaos. This piece of environmental fiction […]

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Barack Obama’s summer 2019 reading list

Former US president Barack Obama posted his summer reading list on Facebook a few days ago. As usual, it’s broad. Here it is, copied and pasted. ——- It’s August, so I wanted to let you know about a few books I’ve been reading this summer, in case you’re looking for some suggestions. To start, you […]

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Our latest podcast: books set in London

In our latest AbeBooks Behind the Bookshelves podcast we go beyond Charles Dickens and Arthur Conan Doyle to recommend books set in London. From a genre-defining non-fiction book about Arsenal FC to fictional descriptions of the immigrant experience by Zadie Smith and Hanif Kureishi, we cast our eye across a wide selection of books.  For […]

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The humble edition that inspired Call the Midwife

Back in 2002, a small publisher in Twickenham called Merton Books published a memoir by a nurse called Jennifer Worth.  This unassuming paperback, with its black and white cover, doesn’t look much but it launched the Call the Midwife phenomenon. The book described Worth’s experiences as a midwife in east London in the 1950s as […]

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An Avid Reader’s 2017 Reading List (so far)

At the start of 2016, I set out to kick my Netflix habit and pick up a book. A novel concept for someone in my line of work (pun intended). 2016 was a success (read about it here) and I vowed to continue my good habits in 2017. By sharing the books I read with […]

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Eight Pancake Books Worth Stacking on Your Shelf

The editors at AbeBooks.com have selected eight pancake cookbooks offering recipes that span the world, from California to Russia and Scandinavia, and show numerous forms of this humble but versatile dish. Pancakes are closely associated with Shrove Tuesday so Christians could use the last of their rich foods (eggs, milk, sugar, and lard) before starting […]

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Imagine a sequel to 1984? We did & so did Gyorgy Dalos

What would have happened if George Orwell had written a sequel to Nineteen Eighty-Four? A few years ago, we asked our designers to imagine that exact scenario and this is what they came up with. Not bad, and the Ministry of Truth thinks “it’s doubleplus good.” Published in 1949, Nineteen Eighty-Four was Orwell’s last book. […]

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Trump’s pipeline orders sparks interest in Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson – the book that launched the modern environmental movement – was the most searched for book on AbeBooks.com yesterday with 1984 by George Orwell a close second. Silent Spring was published in 1962 and addressed the indiscriminate use of pesticides at the time. The last edition was published in 2003. […]

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AbeBooks’ Literary Review of 2016

We know, we know – the less said about the year 2016 the better. While we too held our collective breath and cringed painfully through much of the year, it is worth noting that whether for better or (much, much) worse, the most remarkable years in history stay with us and go on to be […]

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Beth’s Best Reads of 2016

  “It’s the most wonderful tiiiiiiiiime of the yeeeeear….” That’s right, fellow book nerds. It’s the end of the year, which always finds me looking back fondly at all the new characters I met, stories I read, history I learned, and authors I discovered, all thanks to books. Books! You may have noticed (though I’d […]

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