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Top 10 Books Written by Librarians


the-less-deceived1 The Less Deceived by Philip Larkin
The 1955 poetry collection that made his name – Larkin was a librarian at the University of Hull.

2 A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Her 1962 sci-fi/fantasy classic (rejected by many publishers) – L’Engle worked as a librarian in New York.

3 The Aleph and Other Stories by Jorge Luis Borges
Repeatedly overlooked for the Nobel Prize, Borges was a municipal librarian in Argentina – this 1949 collection is one of his best.

4 Little Big Man by Thomas Berger
This 1964 novel became a movie in 1970. Berger worked as a librarian and journalist.

star-mans-son5 Star Man’s Son by Alice Mary Norton
A post-apocalyptic tale from 1952 – Norton was a librarian in Cleveland and the Library of Congress.

6 Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson
An ex-librarian AND bookseller, Petterson’s novel was one of the NY Times’ books of the year in 2007.

7 The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler
This former librarian won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1985 with this novel.

8 The Middle Age of Mrs Eliot by Angus Wilson
A librarian in the British Museum, Wilson’s 1958 novel won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.

9 At Mrs Lippincote’s by Elizabeth Taylor
Taylor was a governess, teacher and librarian – At Mrs Lippincotes was her debut novel in 1945.

10 Eagle in the Snow by Wallace Breem
Breem was a legal manuscripts librarian in London – a Roman General is the hero of this historical novel.

And since we are talking about librarians, here are the top 10 best songs about librarians and libraries.

PS – if you work as a librarian then email your recommendation for the best book written by a fellow librarian to media@abebooks.com

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