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The Left Handed Booksellers of London

The Left Handed Booksellers of London

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1983:  A family of magical fighting booksellers who police the mythical Old World of England

  • ISBN: 978-0063050815
  • Genre: Fantasy/Sci Fi

What you need to know before your trail

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.

Travel Guide

Magic your way around the bookshops of London

Now, for obvious reasons, all bookshops are magic but the ones in this novel are perhaps some of the most magical bookshops you will ever read about.

There are many classic and independence bookshops in London. Foyles Books at Charing Cross Road has the most meaning where this novel is concerned, but take time to look at Daunt Books, Goldsboro with its Harry Potter-esque alley and the wonderfully old fashioned Hatchards.

Magic every one.

BookTrail Boarding Pass: The Left-Handed Booksellers of London

Destination/location: London  Author/guide:  Garth Nix Departure Time: 1983

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