The Left-Handed Booksellers of London

by Garth Nix | Science Fiction & Fantasy |
ISBN: 147322778X Global Overview for this book
Registered by FreeRangeHuman of Ripon, North Yorkshire United Kingdom on 3/1/2024
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Journal Entry 1 by FreeRangeHuman from Ripon, North Yorkshire United Kingdom on Friday, March 1, 2024
In a slightly alternate London in 1983, Susan Arkshaw is looking for her father, a man she has never met. Crime boss Frank Thringley might be able to help her, but Susan doesn’t get time to ask Frank any questions before he is turned to dust by the prick of a silver hatpin in the hands of the outrageously attractive Merlin.

Merlin is a young left-handed bookseller (one of the fighting ones), who with the right-handed booksellers (the intellectual ones), are an extended family of magical beings who police the mythic and legendary Old World when it intrudes on the modern world, in addition to running several bookshops.

Susan’s search for her father begins with her mother’s possibly misremembered or misspelt surnames, a reading room ticket, and a silver cigarette case engraved with something that might be a coat of arms.

Merlin has a quest of his own, to find the Old World entity who used ordinary criminals to kill his mother. As he and his sister, the right-handed bookseller Vivien, tread in the path of a botched or covered-up police investigation from years past, they find this quest strangely overlaps with Susan’s. Who or what was her father? Susan, Merlin, and Vivien must find out, as the Old World erupts dangerously into the New.

Released 3 mos ago (3/4/2024 UTC) at Telephone box book exchange in Cotesbach, Leicestershire United Kingdom

WILD RELEASE NOTES:

The books already here weren't in the best condition, but we'd collected a few extra from the previous phonebox book exchange, which was overflowing, and were able to leave more than we took. I didn't particularly enjoy reading this book but hopefully someone else will.

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