The Left-Handed Booksellers of London

The Left-Handed Booksellers of London

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Paperback Published on: 08/07/2021
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Bookseller Reviews

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The Left-Handed Booksellers of London
Exciting, pacey and so much fun!
What a fantastic world Garth Nix has created!! For someone like me who really struggles with reading high fantasy, this was perfect, enough lore to build t... READ MORE
Mason at Oxford
The Left-Handed Booksellers of London
Garth Nix Dives into Urban Fantasy and I am Here For It
Fantastic, urban fantasy set in London in the Eighties and centred round a group of magical booksellers. This is strong on a sense of place and time, whims... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley

Synopsis

A girl's quest to find her father leads her to an extended family of magical fighting booksellers who police the mythical Old World of England when it intrudes on the modern world. From the bestselling master of fantasy, Garth Nix. 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.

  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • ISBN: 9781473227781
  • Number of pages: 416
  • Weight: 295g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 30 mm

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The Left-Handed Booksellers of London
A wonderfully quirky throwback to London's fantasy past with some fantastic storytelling as always from Garth Nix.
A wonderfully quirky throwback to London's fantasy past with some fantastic storytelling as always from Garth Nix.
NoxWitchBookLife
The Left-Handed Booksellers of London
Fun adventure!
In 1983, eighteen year old Susan travels to London in pursuit of the father she’s never met. She gets tangled up with old magical families who preside over... READ MORE
Chelsea A
The Left-Handed Booksellers of London
Wish it would have been longer
I liked this book a lot. It was a bit slow at times but I wish there had been more at the end. Guess I'll have to cross my fingers for a sequel.
AP