Bibliomaniac: An Obsessive's Tour of the Bookshops of Britain (Hardback)
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Bibliomaniac: An Obsessive's Tour of the Bookshops of Britain (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages
Published: 06/10/2022
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A very funny, very intimate odyssey around the bookshops of the United Kingdom, this delightful volume from the popular comedian and author of The Importance of Being Interested is a celebration of these special spaces and the magic of the bookloving community.

Why play to 12,000 people when you can play to 12? In Autumn 2021, Robin Ince's stadium tour with Professor Brian Cox was postponed due to the pandemic. Rather than do nothing, he decided instead to go on a tour of over a hundred bookshops in the UK, from Wigtown to Penzance; from Swansea to Margate.

Packed with witty anecdotes and tall tales, Bibliomaniac takes the reader on a journey across Britain as Robin explores his lifelong love of bookshops and books - and also tries to find out just why he can never have enough of them.

It is the story of an addiction and a romance, and also of an occasional points failure just outside Oxenholme.

Publisher: Atlantic Books
ISBN: 9781838957698
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 429 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 22 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS

A unique, funny picture of Britain... A love letter to bookshops and the vagaries of public transport. - Richard Osman

Wonderful... This is one of the most delightful books I have ever read. - Eric Idle

I like books and if you're reading this you almost certainly like books too. But Robin Ince really, really, really likes books, and this tome takes us on a whirlwind adventure around Britain's bookshops and inside the head of a bibliomaniac who also happens to be a fine travel writer and generous raconteur. (Includes the funniest line about Margaret Rutherford ever written, unless the lawyers took it out.) - Ian Rankin

Robin Ince is a book-lover's book-lover, a man who responded to publishing his last volume by visiting over 100 bookshops in 100 days. He is a reader without prejudice, a lover of every type of fiction and non-fiction, able to find something that interests him in everything: the sure sign of a man with a curious mind. You need Robin Ince in your life; you need his book on your shelves. - Natalie Haynes

A lovely celebration of the consoling and inspiring power of books. - Daily Mail

You may think you have a book problem but, as likely as not, comedian Ince's will dwarf it... There's some nice travel writing here as he wends his way from Wigtown to Penzance, along with cosy anecdotes about the folk he encounters and some madcap tangents, invariably prompted by his eclectic reading habits. - Observer

The comedian and podcaster's account of a whirlwind tour of more than 100 stores is full of wry anecdotes and shines with his love of reading. - Independent

Bibliomaniac is joyous, irreverent and more than a trifle eccentric - liberating and life-affirming. - Times Literary Supplement

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“A funny and fascinating account of an unusual bookshop tour of Britain”

Many of us can claim to be obsessed by books, even though it’s true, in my opinion, that you can never have too many books. While at the beginning of this book Ince does admit that he has had to get rid of a number... More

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“A love letter to books and bookshops”

How many of us know the feeling of entering a bookshop as if a cave of delights? Of leaving, hours later, weighed down by purchases, unsure quite what happened, certain we left treasures behind despite those we... More

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“‘Books define me’”

This is a heartwarming book. Robin Ince decides to tour 100 independent bookshops (in the end his tally is 104) to talk about his previous book, and details his adventures and encounters on the way. He writes warmly... More

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