The Left-Handed Booksellers of London

The Left-Handed Booksellers of London

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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.

Garth Nix sets the standard for Fantasy (Leigh Bardugo)

Garth Nix is one of the best world-builders in fantasy (BRANDON SANDERSON)
A warm, whimsical delight--The Left-Handed Booksellers of London is a witty, clever adventure in an exquisitely detailed world you will love escaping into (Veronica Roth, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Divergent series, Carve the Mark series, The End and Other Beginnings, and Chosen Ones)
This is my favorite kind of tale, one where the magic and the real nest together like pages in a book. A delightful read (V.E. Schwab, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of the Shades of Magic series and the Monsters of Verity series)
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Product details

  • Hardback | 416 pages
  • 158 x 238 x 42mm | 640g
  • GOLLANCZ
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1473227763
  • 9781473227767
  • 245,983

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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 * This is my favorite kind of tale, one where the magic and the real nest together like pages in a book. A delightful read -- V.E. Schwab, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of the Shades of Magic series and the Monsters of Verity series A warm, whimsical delight--The Left-Handed Booksellers of London is a witty, clever adventure in an exquisitely detailed world you will love escaping into -- Veronica Roth, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Divergent series, Carve the Mark series, The End and Other Beginnings, and Chosen Ones
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About Garth Nix

Garth Richard Nix is an Australian writer who specialises in children's and young adult fantasy novels, notably the Old Kingdom, Seventh Tower and Keys to the Kingdom series. Before becoming a fantasy writer, he worked his way through the publishing industry, as a bookseller, sales rep, publicist, editor and then literary agent. He is a multiple bestselling author, and winner - twice - of the Aurealis Award.
He lives in Sydney, Australia.

Learn more by visiting www.garthnix.com or by following @garthnix.
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11,208 ratings
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4 44% (4,973)
3 23% (2,632)
2 5% (532)
1 1% (109)
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