The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 23/04/2015
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The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
A book for book people.
This one is a bit of a literary indulgence, but we're all allowed one or two of those. A lovely collection of reading suggestions from a father to his daug... READ MORE
Val Browning at Kings Lynn
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
I love this book - a wonderful, charming & quirky tale!
I just loved reading this gem of a novel. As a bookseller, I was drawn to it because of the bookshop setting and the quirky sounding plot. If you've ever... READ MORE
Jo Turner at Lincoln High Street
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
Loved it!
Absolutely loved this book it got me hooked and I just had to finish it. A real page turner. Set in a bookshop on an island a grumpy bookseller and a littl... READ MORE
suzanne fareham
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
Made me feel like a character from the book.
I'm not gonna lie. One of the things that made this book extra special to me is that it's set in a bookshop where the owner is a little bit of a grump. I s... READ MORE
Nicki Golding at bluewater


A.J. Fikry, the grumpy owner of Island Books, is going through a hard time: his bookshop is failing, he has lost his beloved wife, and his prized possession-a rare first edition book has been stolen. Over time, he has given up on people, and even the books in his store, instead of offering solace, are yet another reminder of a world that is changing too rapidly. But one day A.J. finds two-year-old Maya sitting on the bookshop floor, with a note attached to her asking the owner to look after her. His life - and Maya's - is changed forever. Gabrielle Zevin's enchanting novel is a love letter to the world of books - an irresistible affirmation of why we read, and why we love. Originally published as The Collected Works of A. J. Fikry.

  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • ISBN: 9780349141077
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Weight: 270g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 124 x 30 mm

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The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
An immensely enjoyable book, I highly recommend
So, first I should you that I won this book as a review copy so thanks to Waterstones for that. But that also means this isn't my normal sort of book and I... READ MORE
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
A book that celebrates the written word, the diverse nature of fiction and the joy that books can bring.
Having just finished a book about books and bookshops I asked the hive mind that is social media for suggestions of other books that celebrate novels, book... READ MORE
Janet E
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
A Charming Tale
There’s something appealing about a novel set in a bookshop - whether its the chance of escapism or simply a romanticised view, The Storied Life of A J Fik... READ MORE
Rhianon Holley
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
A true book lover's book.
I often have mind, in conversation with customers, to say how lucky I am to work in a bookshop; to be surrounded by these wondrous things, these bound stac... READ MORE
Leilah at Doncaster
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
Somewhat quirky
I was given this book as a birthday present and, whilst not being my normal sort of read, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Somewhat quirky characters with a well ... READ MORE
Grey Lady