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Once Upon a Tome


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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.


"Seeking a Christmas present for that bibliophilic relative who has seemingly read everything? It’s right here."
*Suzi Feay - Financial Times*

"Peculiarly hilarious!"
*William Gibson*

"Brim[s] with self-effacing charm."
*Caitlin Doughty*

*Garth Nix*

"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)*

"An enchanting billet-doux to an arcane and eccentric world. Every page is a pleasure."
*Lindsey Fitzharris, best-selling author of The Facemaker*

"Unfortunately I have mislaid the book in question."
*Neil Gaiman*

"[W]itty and heartwarming…. Darkshire’s sunny temperament and respect for the trade will resonate with book lovers and fellow booksellers."
*Publishers Weekly*

"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*

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