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A bibliophile's pilgrimage to where book lovers go when they die-Hay-on-Wye.

Paul Collins and his family abandoned the hills of San Francisco to move to the Welsh countryside-to move, in fact, to the little cobblestone village of Hay-on-Wye, the 'Town of Books' that boasts fifteen hundress inhabitants-and forty bookstores. Antiquarian bookstores, no less.

Hay's newest citizens accordingly take up residence in a sixteenth-century apartment over a bookstore, meeting the village's large population of misfits and bibliomaniacs by working for world-class eccentric Richard Booth-the self-declared King of Hay, owner of the local castle, and proprietor of the world's largest and most chaotic used book warren. A useless clerk, Paul delights in shifting dusty stacks of books around and sifting them for ancient gems like Robinson Crusoe in Words of One Syllable, Confessions of an Author's Wife, and I Was Hitler's Maid. He also duly fulfills his new duty as a citizen by simultaneously applying to be a Peer in the House of Lords and attempting to buy Sixpence House, a beautiful and neglected old tumbledown pub for sale in the town's center.

Taking readers into a secluded sanctuary for book lovers, and guiding us through the creation of his own book, Sixpence House becomes a meditation on what books means to us, and how their meaning can still resonate long after they have been abandoned by their public. Even as he's writing, the knowledge of where his work will eventually end up-rubbing bindings with the rest of the books that time forgot-is a curious kind of comfort.

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"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. Witty and droll though he may be, Collins fails to give his slice-of-life story the magic it needs to transcend the genre." Publishers Weekly

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Bibliophile Collins relates how he and his family uprooted themselves from San Francisco and settled in the small Welsh village of Hay-on-Wye, the "Town of Books" that boasts a population of 1,500 and 40 antique bookstores.

About the Author

Paul Collins is the author of Banvard's Folly. He edits the Collins Library for McSweeney's Books, and his work has appeared in McSweeney's, Lingua Franca, Cabinet, and Business 2.0.

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bonniemcm, May 13, 2006 (view all comments by bonniemcm)
I loved this book. Thoroughly enjoyed the author's witticisms, ponderings, and humerous observations of the British. Got to admit, I love Britain, old books and old houses, so the subject matter of this book would of course appeal to me, but I appreciate his warm and descriptive writing style.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781582342849
Author:
Collins, Paul
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Books
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain
Subject:
Travelers
Subject:
Booksellers and bookselling
Subject:
Hay
Subject:
Book collectors.
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Edition Number:
1st U.S. ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
NASA/TM-2001-211070
Publication Date:
20030403
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.68x5.76x1.01 in. .97 lbs.

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Hobbies, Crafts, and Leisure » Antiques » Books
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Travel » Travel Writing » Europe
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Product details 224 pages Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - English 9781582342849 Reviews:
"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. Witty and droll though he may be, Collins fails to give his slice-of-life story the magic it needs to transcend the genre."
"Synopsis" by , Bibliophile Collins relates how he and his family uprooted themselves from San Francisco and settled in the small Welsh village of Hay-on-Wye, the "Town of Books" that boasts a population of 1,500 and 40 antique bookstores.
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