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The Sinister Booksellers of Bath

Garth Nix



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21 March 2023
'This is the book for anyone who has ever said I don't read fantasy .' - Fran Atkinson, Sydney Morning Herald, about The Left-Handed Booksellers of London

There is often trouble of a mythical sort in Bath. The booksellers who police the Old World keep a careful watch there, particularly on the entity who inhabits the ancient hot spring. Yet this time it is not from Sulis Minerva that trouble starts. It comes from the discovery of a sorcerous map, leading left-handed bookseller Merlin into great danger. A desperate rescue is attempted by his sister, the right-handed bookseller Vivien, and their friend, art student Susan Arkshaw, who is still struggling to deal with her own recently discovered magical heritage.

The map takes the trio to a place separated from this world, maintained by deadly sorcery performed by an Ancient Sovereign and guarded by monstrous living statues of Purbeck marble. But this is only the beginning, as the booksellers investigate centuries of disappearances and deaths and try to unravel the secrets of the murderous Lady of Stone, a serial killer of awesome powers.

If they do not stop her, she will soon kill again. And this time, her target is not an ordinary mortal.

A wintry return to the somewhat alternate 1980s England of The Left-Handed Booksellers of London.

Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
Weight:   424g
ISBN:   9781761180002
ISBN 10:   1761180002
Series:   Left Handed Booksellers of London
Publication Date:  
Recommended Age:   From 14 to 99 years
Audience:   Young adult ,  Young adult ,  Preschool (0-5) ,  Preschool (0-5)
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for The Sinister Booksellers of Bath

"""A warm, whimsical delight--The Left-Handed Booksellers of London is a witty, clever adventure in an exquisitely detailed world you will love escaping into."" --Veronica Roth, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Divergent series and the Carve the Mark series ""This is my favorite kind of tale, one where the magic and the real nest together like pages in a book. A delightful read."" --V.E. Schwab, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of the Shades of Magic series and the Monsters of Verity series ""Readers will beg for more adventures in this London."" -- Kirkus Reviews ""Susan Arkshaw - 18, white-blonde buzz cut, Hendrix t-shirt - goes in search of the father she's never met, but things go awry when a hatpin-wielding, gender-fluid bookseller kills the one person who might hold the clue to his whereabouts. Set in London in 1983, this riveting urban fantasy delivers on all fronts: a magical, curious world brimming with nostalgia and references to the author's loves - ancient evil, books, reading, Susan Cooper, Tolkien, London taxis, incidental diversity. This is the book for anyone who has ever said ""I don't read fantasy"". Nix confirms that booksellers are extraordinary beings with special powers."" -- Fran Atkinson, Sydney Morning Herald"

  • Long-listed for Best Young Adult Book 2024 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for Best Young Adult Book 2024 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for Book of the Year: Older Readers 2023 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for CBCA Awards 2024 (United States)
  • Short-listed for Indie Book Awards 2024 (Australia)

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