The Best of Books

People ask me for book recommendations quite frequently and I have half a dozen ways of putting them off to avoid the matter, usually resorting to some commonly accepted classic but occasionally putting forward something that I like myself. This last thing is a...

A Republic of Books is Available Now!

When a narrator is not so much unreliable as imperfect, A Republic of Books might be a first refuge for scoundrels and saints. The perfect bookshop might not be, but then again . . . When failure is an option, a nation of books would have to be a republic as much as a...

The Bookseller?s Dilemma

Booksellers are a lot like actors. It is a cliche that actors will too often assume they are capable of the accomplishments of the characters they portray and come to believe that they know what a character actually felt. Booksellers often see themselves as possessing...

On opening a bookshop

Opening a bookshop is akin, in some minds (my own, for instance), to opening a show?a sheerly theatrical event. There is no chance in hell that you will make much in the way of profit. There is a very slim chance of it succeeding longer than the requisite three year...