Once Upon a Tome: The Misadventures of a Rare Bookseller

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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.81 X 8.43 X 0.89 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

OLIVER DARKSHIRE (@DeathByBadger) is an antiquarian bookseller at Henry Sotheran Ltd, and the voice of @Sotherans twitter account. He lives in Manchester, England, with his husband and his neglectfully curated collection of books.


An enchanting billet-doux to an arcane and eccentric world. Every page is a pleasure.--Lindsey Fitzharris, best-selling author of The Facemaker
Peculiarly hilarious!--William Gibson
Brim[s] with self-effacing charm.--Caitlin Doughty
Laugh-out-loud.--Garth Nix
Unfortunately I have mislaid the book in question.--Neil Gaiman
Seeking a Christmas present for that bibliophilic relative who has seemingly read everything? It's right here.--Suzi Feay "Financial Times"
Utterly charming.--Tom Holland
A browse through these hilarious pages is just as satisfying as a browse in a good bookshop.--Danny Caine, Raven Book Store, Lawrence, Kansas
[W]itty and heartwarming.... Darkshire's sunny temperament and respect for the trade will resonate with book lovers and fellow booksellers.-- "Publishers Weekly"
Witty. Whimsical. Smart. A cozy gem for people who love books, bookstores, and booksellers. I loved this memoir so much I instantly picked it for our Fantastic Strangelings Book Club. Go read it. You'll thank me.--Jenny Lawson, New York Times bestselling author of Broken (In the Best Possible Way)