The Left-Handed Booksellers of London

The Left-Handed Booksellers of London

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.

Title:The Left-Handed Booksellers of London
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780062683250
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    The Left-Handed Booksellers of London Reviews

  • Paromjit

    Garth Nix's period action packed fantasy set in London in 1983 is a light, fun and entertaining novel featuring Susan Arkshaw, recently turned 18 years old, moving to London to become a art student. U...

  • Tadiana ?Night Owl?

    3.5 stars. A very different type of fantasy (more of a British urban fantasy) from Garth Nix than the last one of his that I read, Angel Mage. Review first posted on FantasyLiterature.com: 1983-era Lo...

  • Sara ?

    i'm a simple bookseller, i see the word "bookseller" in the title and i add it to my wishlist. ...

  • karen

    left-handed bookseller here. am i fighty? c'mere and find out. ...

  • Rebecca Roanhorse

    This was a lot of fun. It doesn't have a lot of depth, but it's a delightful romp through British legend and folklore and I enjoyed it as a light but occasionally surprisingly violent and suspenseful ...

  • Iulia

    I really, really liked this book! I feel like the blurb is great at explaining what it's about and illustrates the general vibe quite well, so if it sounds interesting to you, I'd say go for it, 'caus...

  • Helena of Eretz ?

    I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review....

  • Sarah-Hope

    Garth Nix's The Left-Handed Booksellers of London is one of those young adult novels that easily makes the crossing to adult reading. Set in a version of 1983 London, where the worlds of the ordinary ...

  • Laura ?

    4.25 stars “No sorcerer can compareFor such magic strange and rare As in the glov’d bookseller’s lair But secrets, nay, they will not share"This kind of felt a bit like Neverwhere mixed with A...

  • Ellery Adams

    A fun, action-packed adventure. ...