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Blog Tour, Review & Extract: A Library Miscellany by Claire Cock-Starkey (@nonfictioness) @BodPublishing

I am delighted to be on the blog tour for A Library Miscellany. Thank you to Claire Cock-Starkey for asking me to be part of it and for sending me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

I have an interesting extract to share with you about Book Thefts followed by my review. First, to whet your appetite, here’s what the book is about:

~ Publisher’s Description ~

What can be found in the Vatican’s Secret Archive? How many books did Charles Darwin’s library aboard the Beagle hold? Which library is home to a colony of bats?

Bursting with potted histories, quirky facts, and enlightening lists, this book explores every aspect of the library, celebrating these remarkable institutions as well as the individuals behind their inspiring collections. From the ancient library at Alexandria to the Library of Congress in Washington DC, and from university libraries to those of humble villages, A Library Miscellany explores institutions both old and new. Opening the door to unusual collections such as herbaria, art libraries, magic libraries, and even the “library of smells,” this book also charts the difficulties of cataloging books deemed to be subversive, heretical, libelous, or obscene.

Packed with unusual facts and statistics, this is the perfect gift for library enthusiasts, bibliophiles, collectors, and readers everywhere. 

~ An Extract from A Library Miscellany ~

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~ My Thoughts ~

A Library Miscellany is a great little book, both on the inside and the outside. The physical hardback book is very tactile. At just 17cm x 11cm, it is small enough to hold in one hand and to even put in your pocket. It is of good quality and the spine is fabric bound. It is a pleasure to hold – and to read.

I have loved libraries for as long as I can remember: the smell, the books, the silence, and I am lucky that my local town has a good library, which fortunately is popular with the local community. However, until I read A Library Miscellany, I had not realised how many facts and information pieces there were around the subject of libraries. From most popular library book authors, library treasures, and library philanthropists to eye-opening library rules around the world and enemies of the library, to the patron saints of librarians, this little book has it all. It is meticulously researched to contain such a wealth of information and there really is something for everyone in just 130 pages.

I was fascinated to read about the libraries which do not contain books and also where the Catherine Wheel originates from. If you would like to find out more about these, why not buy the book or, better still, see if your local library has a copy.

I really enjoyed A Library Miscellany and would recommend for any book lover.

~ Where to find A Library Miscellany  ~

A Library Miscellany was published by Bodleian Publishing on 8 February 2018 and is available via the following links:

Amazon UK  Goodreads

~ About Claire Cock-Starkey ~

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Claire Cock-Starkey is a writer and editor based in Cambridge. A Library Miscellany is Claire’s tenth book, her other titles include The Book Lovers’ Miscellany (2017), The Golden Age of the Garden(2017) and Penguins, Pineapples and Pangolins (2016), which was named one of  Q. I.’s ten most interesting books of 2016.

~ Where to find Claire Cock-Starkey ~

Twitter    Website

Claire will be speaking about A Library Miscellany (and The Book Lovers’ Miscellany) at Oxford Literary Festival on March 20th at 12pm. Click on the link to find out more: http://oxfordliteraryfestival.org/literature-events/2018/march-20/a-library-miscellany

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