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The Left-Handed Booksellers of London

By: Garth Nix
Narrated by: Marisa Calin
Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Summary

A girl's quest to find her father leads her to an extended family of magical fighting booksellers who police the mythical Old World of England when it intrudes on the modern world. From the best-selling master of fantasy Garth Nix.

In a slightly alternate London in 1983, Susan Arkshaw is looking for her father, a man she has never met. Crime boss Frank Thringley might be able to help her, but Susan doesn't get time to ask Frank any questions before he is turned to dust by the prick of a silver hatpin in the hands of the outrageously attractive Merlin.

Merlin is a young left-handed bookseller (one of the fighting ones), who with the right-handed booksellers (the intellectual ones) are an extended family of magical beings who police the mythic and legendary Old World when it intrudes on the modern world, in addition to running several bookshops.

Susan's search for her father begins with her mother's possibly misremembered or misspelt surnames, a reading room ticket and a silver cigarette case engraved with something that might be a coat of arms.

Merlin has a quest of his own, to find the Old World entity who used ordinary criminals to kill his mother. As he and his sister, the right-handed bookseller Vivien, tread in the path of a botched or covered-up police investigation from years past, they find this quest strangely overlaps with Susan's. Who or what was her father? Susan, Merlin and Vivien must find out as the Old World erupts dangerously into the New.

©2020 Garth Nix (P)2020 Orion Publishing Group

Critic reviews

"Garth Nix sets the standard for Fantasy." (Leigh Bardugo)

"Garth Nix is one of the best world-builders in fantasy." (Brandon Sanderson)

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Dreadful narration. Dreadful book. One dimensional characters and flimsy storyline. Save yourself the time that I will never get back

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Very slow start, the first 3 hours should have taken 30mins. Unable to care about the characters as they are very 1 dimensional.

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Booksellers

I have to say not a lot of books got sold but maybe that was because there was way too much otherworldly shenanigans afoot. Most enjoyable and fast paced. Enjoyed both the story and characters immensely!

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Excellent fun

Highly entertaining, quirky, funny - very enjoyable folklore-inspired take on a 'special one' story. Recommended!