Browse: The World in Bookshops

by Henry Hitchings (Editor)

Other authorsVarious (Contributor)
Hardcover, 2017




Pushkin Press, (2017).


"Edited and introduced by the writer and critic Henry Hitchings, these fearless, passionate, inquiring essays by award-winning international writers celebrate one of our most essential, but endangered, institutions: the bookshop. From Denmark to Egypt, from the USA to China, Browse brings together some of the world's leading authors to investigate bookshops both in general and in particular - the myriad pleasures, puzzles and possibilities they disclose. The fifteen essays reflect their authors' own inimitable style - romantic, elegant, bold, argumentative, poetic or whimsical - as they ask probing questions about the significance, the cultural and social (even political) function as well as the physical qualities of the institution, and examine our very personal relationship to it.'--Publisher's description.… (more)

User reviews

LibraryThing member jon1lambert
If you love bookshops, spend half your life in them, you will love this book. i really liked Ian Sansom and the account of his time as an employee at Foyle's. Ali Smith is great about the churn of books, the giving and the buying; what you find in books - I once found Bonnie Greer's appointment card for a chiropodist in a book; and the joy at finding a book you think you will never find.… (more)
LibraryThing member jphamilton
The editor took a group of authors from around the world, and asked them to write about their favorite bookshops. Just about every essay was fully engaging, and it was a wonderful look at the world through the bookstores that impress the very people that fill them with their works. Some of the essays were straightforward writings about why these bookshops were important to the author, but others were much more free-ranging, or even slightly experimental. Most of the time, you can't go wrong when you collect authors and let them loose on a topic that's near and dear to their hearts. If I ever traveled, this would be a great source of places to go.… (more)


Local notes

A celebration of bookshops around the world, by an award-winning cast of writers. Henry Hitchings asks fifteen writers from around the world to consider the bookshops that have shaped them; each conjures a specific time and place.


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