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Sixpence House: Lost in a Town of Books

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Publisher Comments:

Paul Collins and his family abandoned the hills of San Francisco to move to the Welsh countryside — to move, in fact, to the village of Hay-on-Wye, the "Town of Books" that boasts fifteen hundred inhabitants — and forty bookstores. Taking readers into a secluded sanctuary for book lovers, and guiding us through the creation of the author's own first book, Sixpence House becomes a heartfelt and often hilarious meditation on what books mean to us.

Review:

"Sixpence House is the bookworm's answer to A Year in Provence." Boston Globe

Review:

"Collins' gift is that you don't care where you end up. The journey is enough." Readerville

Review:

"[A] book lover's delight....Collins muses often on the impermanence of books, but this one will grace shelves for years to come." Keir Graff, Booklist

Review:

"Entertaining....Collins has an engaging manner, and the depiction of his adopted Welsh town is informative and amusing....A treat for the bibliophile." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Collins can be quite funny, and he pads his sophomore effort with obscure but amusing trivia...but it's hard to imagine anyone beyond bibliophiles and fellow Hay-lovers finding enough here to hold their attention." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Reading of [Collins's] sojourn in Hay is pleasantly akin to browsing one of its bookstores because Collins...delivers a funny excerpt from a forgotten old volume...for every occasion." Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"The real, engaging heart of the tale is Collins' love of books and other people who love them....Collins muses on antiquarian books the way the rest of us remember lost loves." San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"Funny, informative, somewhat chaotic and full of interesting references...there are numerous meanders into peripheral subjects, seen through the astute eyes of an Anglophile American." The Washington Post

Synopsis:

The national bestseller, now in paperback.

Synopsis:

Paul Collins and his family abandoned the hills of San Francisco to move to the Welsh countryside-to move, in fact, to the village of Hay-on-Wye, the "Town of Books" that boasts fifteen hundred inhabitants-and forty bookstores. Taking readers into a secluded sanctuary for book lovers, and guiding us through the creation of the author's own first book, Sixpence House becomes a heartfelt and often hilarious meditation on what books mean to us.

About the Author

Paul Collins is the author of Banvard's Folly: Thirteen People Who Didn't Change the World, and  Not Even Wrong. He edits the Collins Library for McSweeney's Books, and his work has appeared in New Scientist, Business 2.0, and Tin House.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781582344041
Subtitle:
Lost in A Town Of Books
Author:
Collins, Paul
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Books
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain
Subject:
Booksellers and bookselling
Subject:
Hay
Subject:
Book collectors.
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st pbk. ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series Volume:
no. 96-120
Publication Date:
April 3, 2004
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.12x5.54x.66 in. .64 lbs.

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Product details 224 pages Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - English 9781582344041 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Sixpence House is the bookworm's answer to A Year in Provence."
"Review" by , "Collins' gift is that you don't care where you end up. The journey is enough."
"Review" by , "[A] book lover's delight....Collins muses often on the impermanence of books, but this one will grace shelves for years to come."
"Review" by , "Entertaining....Collins has an engaging manner, and the depiction of his adopted Welsh town is informative and amusing....A treat for the bibliophile."
"Review" by , "Collins can be quite funny, and he pads his sophomore effort with obscure but amusing trivia...but it's hard to imagine anyone beyond bibliophiles and fellow Hay-lovers finding enough here to hold their attention."
"Review" by , "Reading of [Collins's] sojourn in Hay is pleasantly akin to browsing one of its bookstores because Collins...delivers a funny excerpt from a forgotten old volume...for every occasion."
"Review" by , "The real, engaging heart of the tale is Collins' love of books and other people who love them....Collins muses on antiquarian books the way the rest of us remember lost loves."
"Review" by , "Funny, informative, somewhat chaotic and full of interesting references...there are numerous meanders into peripheral subjects, seen through the astute eyes of an Anglophile American."
"Synopsis" by ,
The national bestseller, now in paperback.

"Synopsis" by ,
Paul Collins and his family abandoned the hills of San Francisco to move to the Welsh countryside-to move, in fact, to the village of Hay-on-Wye, the "Town of Books" that boasts fifteen hundred inhabitants-and forty bookstores. Taking readers into a secluded sanctuary for book lovers, and guiding us through the creation of the author's own first book, Sixpence House becomes a heartfelt and often hilarious meditation on what books mean to us.

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