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The Resource A spy in the bookshop : letters between Heywood Hill and John Saumarez Smith 1966-74, edited by John Saumarez Smith

A spy in the bookshop : letters between Heywood Hill and John Saumarez Smith 1966-74, edited by John Saumarez Smith

Label
A spy in the bookshop : letters between Heywood Hill and John Saumarez Smith 1966-74
Title
A spy in the bookshop
Title remainder
letters between Heywood Hill and John Saumarez Smith 1966-74
Statement of responsibility
edited by John Saumarez Smith
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Witty, stylish and full of insights into literature, the book trade and miscellaneous human weaknesses, this correspondence between the new blood and the retired former owner provide further entertainment, and wisdom, about the surprisingly turbulent world of literary bookselling in the very recent past.
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
StDuBDS
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Smith, John Saumarez
Dewey number
381.45002092
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
Z325
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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1906-1986
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Hill, Heywood
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  • Smith, John Saumarez
  • Hill, Heywood
  • Booksellers and bookselling
  • Biography
  • Diaries, letters & journals
  • Biography: literary
  • Biography: general
  • Microeconomics
Summary expansion
While compiling and editing The Bookshop at 10 Curzon Street , described as 'a little gem' by the Sunday Times , John Saumarez Smith discovered that one side of that 'elegant and entertaining' ( Spectator ) and 'thought provoking and COE laugh out loud' ( Country Life ) correspondence, had been to some degree plagiarised from letters that he himself had sent to Heywood Hill, former owner of the shop. His own account of day-to-day life in one of London's best loved and most stylish bookshops had been used to flesh out Hill's glittering correspondence with Nancy Mitford who referred to him as 'the spy in the bookshop'. So here is the real thing. A lively, alarming and candid account of life behind the counter in a fashionable west end bookshop, where all was most definitely not what it seemed, and where deep passions and often irrational animosities flourished and occasionally broke the surface, to the alarm of customers, staff and owners alike. Witty, stylish and full of insights into literature, the book trade and miscellaneous human weaknesses, this correspondence between the new blood and the retired former owner provide further entertainment, and wisdom, about the surprisingly turbulent world of literary bookselling in the very recent past
Label
A spy in the bookshop : letters between Heywood Hill and John Saumarez Smith 1966-74, edited by John Saumarez Smith
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Ill. on lining papers
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Control code
BDZ0007454175
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
175 p.
Isbn
9780711226982
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Other physical details
ill.
Label
A spy in the bookshop : letters between Heywood Hill and John Saumarez Smith 1966-74, edited by John Saumarez Smith
Publication
Note
Ill. on lining papers
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Control code
BDZ0007454175
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
175 p.
Isbn
9780711226982
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Other physical details
ill.

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