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Cherrypi Sat 02-Sep-17 12:46:42

I'm currently reading a novel set in a second hand bookshop after reading a non fiction book about working in a library. I loved both and realised lots of books I've read in the past and enjoyed are in this setting. Can anyone recommend any more? Thanks.

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Creatureofthenight Sat 02-Sep-17 12:51:21

Absolutely loads listed here (Public Libraries News site)
www.publiclibrariesnews.com/useful/books-about-or-based-in-libraries

scurryfunge Sat 02-Sep-17 12:51:57

I have just had a google but am rubbish at linking. Good read.com gives a pretty long list of books set in libraries or bookstores. Have a browse smile

WildCherryBlossom Sat 02-Sep-17 14:42:05

Mr Penumbra's 24 hour bookstore by Robin Sloan. Unusual book, but I really enjoyed it.

AuldHeathen Sat 02-Sep-17 15:08:48

Penelope Fitzgerald - The Book Shop

tripfiction Sat 02-Sep-17 15:25:21

Here are our collated titles of books set in bookshops on Pinterest www.pinterest.co.uk/tripfiction/books-set-in-book-shops/

mstrotwood Sat 02-Sep-17 16:35:51

The Giant's House by Elizabeth McCracken has a librarian as main protagonist. It is a bit quirky but a good read.

Cherrypi Sat 02-Sep-17 17:10:29

Adored Mr Penumbra and The book shop. The two I was reading were Lost for words by Stephanie Butland and Reading allowed by Chris Paling.

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Cherrypi Sat 02-Sep-17 17:14:55

The giant's house sounds right up my street and those lists are great. Thank you.

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QuimJongUn Tue 05-Sep-17 10:45:25

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield is beautiful. For something frothy and sweet, Lost For Words is quite lovely, too.

Cherrypi Wed 06-Sep-17 11:53:18

Loved the thirteenth tale. One of my all time favourites.

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KeithLeMonde Wed 06-Sep-17 20:15:52

84 Charing Cross Road

Cherrypi Thu 07-Sep-17 07:49:27

Love that one too.

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iseenodust Thu 07-Sep-17 18:15:30

The Bookstore

Petrichery Thu 07-Sep-17 21:05:59

Not sure if this is really what you are after, but some books i have enjoyed a lot that have "books" as a central theme, even if not all set in a bookshop.
Chicklit - "Cover to Cover", Robert Craig
More serious non-fiction - "Maps and Legends", Michael Chabon
"Telling Tales", Melissa Katsoulis
"The child that books built", Francis Spufford.

doctorcuntybollocks Thu 07-Sep-17 21:19:38

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

7Days Thu 07-Sep-17 21:23:19

The invisible library - Genevieve Colman

Clawdy Thu 07-Sep-17 22:13:56

Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Very intriguing and spooky!

Backingvocals Sat 09-Sep-17 11:03:42

Oh yes Shadow of the Wind is great.

And 84 Charing X Road.

I'm basically just seconding other people's suggestions !

holdthewine Mon 11-Sep-17 21:50:42

Possession by A S Byatt.

OnlyRose Mon 11-Sep-17 21:57:16

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley. It's an Australian YA novel, and absolutely lovely.

PeralMePots Mon 11-Sep-17 22:11:40

Mrs Sinclair's Suitcase

Southlondonmum76 Tue 12-Sep-17 12:03:54

Lost for Words by Stephanie Butland.

Rubyslippers7780 Tue 12-Sep-17 12:04:40

The 13th tale

CoolCarrie Wed 13-Sep-17 18:32:33

The Mobile Library series by Ian Sansom; The Case Of The Missing Books, Mr Dixon Disappears and The Delegates' Choice are excellent.

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