“This book, written with wit, elegance and understanding, by one who knows what he is talking about, celebrates the abiding pleasure, nourishment and comradeship that books provide.” – Salley Vickers, author of Grandmothers.
“The flow of paragraphs is relentlessly engaging. Individually, the paragraphs are threads of the very best trivia: collectively, they become a cultural history of the book.” – David Mitchell, author of Cloud Atlas.
These are just some of the reviews that have heralded the release of Martin Latham’s The Bookseller’s Tale; and why we are tremendously excited to welcome Martin to St Andrews. This is the story of our love affair with books, whether we arrange them on our shelves, inhale their smell, scrawl in their margins or just curl up with them in bed. Taking us on a journey through comfort reads, street book stalls, mythical libraries, itinerant pedlars, radical pamphleteers, extraordinary bookshop customers and fanatical collectors, Canterbury bookseller Martin Latham uncovers the curious history of our book obsession.