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The Left Handed Booksellers of London

Garth Nix

The Left-Handed Booksellers of London tells of a young art student Susan who comes to London in 1983 in search of the father she never knew, and is drawn into the arcane business of the booksellers whose secret sideline is to ensure that mythic entities and dormant legends do not disastrously intrude into the modern world.

The Left Handed Booksellers of London is a real treat. A journey at exhilarating pace through a slightly alternative London. It follows the story of Susan, who when the book opens doesn't realise that she's somehow different to all the others. She has one aim in life and that is to find out who her father is. Spoiler warning, it's a real left field revelation. On the way you'll find out more about her origins and about those strange booksellers who inhabit London protecting the world from... well, you'll find out.

It's a long time since I read a Garth Nix book. I remember being entranced with the Sabriel series of books. He writes exceptionally good fantasy for young adults and adults who enjoy that sort of thing. This book is different to the others I have read. Not so set in absolute fantasy, but in an alternative world raises the bar. Very reminiscent of the Rivers of London series, not a dreadful thing.

I really really enjoyed this book. It never gives up with the excitement from the first page to the last. There's no moping around singing about gold, just a fast-paced plot that is as intriguing as it is gripping. No time to contemplate the plot as you want to find out the end. When it comes you aren't disappointed. It's a gorgeous full speed chase through this alternative England. You must read it , just a brilliant book. I want a sequel soon, please.

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AJ Steel
August 17, 2023

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