Автор: John Saumarez Smith Название: A Spy In The Bookshop ISBN: 0711226989 ISBN-13(EAN): 9780711226982 Издательство: Frances Lincoln Рейтинг: Цена: 2334 р. Наличие на складе: Поставка под заказ.
Описание: While compiling and editing The Bookshop at 10 Curzon Street, described as 'a little gem' by the Sunday Times, John Saumarez Smith discovered that one side of that 'elegant and entertaining' (Spectator) and 'thought provoking and … laugh out loud' (Country Life) correspondence, had been to some degree plagiarised from letters that he himself had sent to Heywood Hill, former owner of the shop. His own account of day-to-day life in one of London's best loved and most stylish bookshops had been used to flesh out Hill's glittering correspondence with Nancy Mitford who referred to him as 'the spy in the bookshop'.So here is the real thing. A lively, alarming and candid account of life behind the counter in a fashionable west end bookshop, where all was most definitely not what it seemed, and where deep passions and often irrational animosities flourished and occasionally broke the surface, to the alarm of customers, staff and owners alike.Witty, stylish and full of insights into literature, the book trade and miscellaneous human weaknesses, this correspondence between the new blood and the retired former owner provide further entertainment, and wisdom, about the surprisingly turbulent world of literary bookselling in the very recent past.
Автор: John Saumarez Smith Название: The Bookshop at 10 Curzon Street ISBN: 0711225664 ISBN-13(EAN): 9780711225664 Издательство: Frances Lincoln Рейтинг: Цена: 1795 р. Наличие на складе: Поставка под заказ.
Описание: Nancy Mitford was a brilliant personality, a remarkable novelist and a legendary letter writer. It is not widely known that she was also a bookseller. From 1942 to
1946 she worked in Heywood Hill's famous shop in Curzon Street, and effectively ran it when the male staff were called up for war service.
After the war she left to live in
France, but she maintained an abiding interest in the shop, its stock, and the many and varied customers who themselves form a cavalcade of the literary stars of post-war Britain. Her
letters to Heywood Hill advise on recent French titles that might appeal to him and his customers, gossip engagingly about life in Paris, and enquire anxiously about the reception of her
own books, while seeking advice about new titles to read. In return Heywood kept her up to date with customers and their foibles, and with aspects of literary and bookish life in
Charming, witty, utterly irresistible, the correspondence gives brilliant insights into a world that has almost disappeared.
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