Friday, April 16, 2021

Friday Memes: The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix

 Happy Friday everybody!

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A slight young man with long fair hair, wearing a pre-owned mustard-colored three-piece suit with widely flared trousers and faux alligator-hide boots with two-inch Cuban heels, stood over the much older man on the leather couch.
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"Thorn House is one of our places in the country," said Merlin. "Dorset, They grow a lot of vegetables there. You'd probably be at home. Whereas I wouldn't be, making it a suitable place to send me for a punishment."

"Growing up in the country doesn't make me a farmer," said Susan. "What were you trying to find out?"
This week I'm spotlighting The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix. This was a recent Kindle Deal. Here is the description from Amazon:
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 teen 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.


  1. I am intrigued. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  2. I really want to read this one. Who can resist magical fighting booksellers? I hope you are enjoying it! Have a great weekend!

  3. I love the concept and will likely add this to my ever-expanding TBR.

  4. The descriptive beginning brings you right into the story. Sounds good. Hope you enjoy and have a great weekend!

  5. This sounds like my kind of book! Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a great weekend! :)

  6. The quotes and summary got my interest. This does sound like a great story. Have a great weekend!

  7. Sounds magically delicious!! :-) Happy weekend!

  8. Sounds like another world, a little bit of magic, coming with the name of Merlin. Interesting quotes.


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