The Left-Handed Booksellers of London (Paperback)Garth Nix (author)
Waterstones’ secret is finally out of the bag (it was only a matter of time) as Sabriel author Garth Nix gives bookselling its true place in the fantasy canon in a fun, fast-paced and superbly realised tale of secret societies, family feuds, bubbling attraction and a magical family of the fighting bookselling elite. Unmissable.
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
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 295 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 30 mm
'Readers will beg for more adventures in this London.' - Kirkus
'[The Left-Handed Booksellers of London] is sure to be enjoyed by readers of any age with a craving for fast-paced, page-turning fantasy[...]A madcap chase that is sure to win Nix new fans.' - The Guardian
Praise for Garth Nix:
'Garth Nix sets the standard for Fantasy.' - Leigh Bardugo
'A swashbuckling adventure . . . and the most original magic I've seen in years.' - Joe Abercrombie
'Garth Nix is one of the best world-builders in fantasy.' - Brandon Sanderson
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