Charlie Lovett's The Bookman's Tale
is a literary mystery spiced with intrigue and conspiracy. It is also a poignant story about one antiquarian bookseller's recovery from the loss of his beloved wife. Lovett, himself a former antiquarian bookseller, weaves an engrossing tale that contemplates the influence of literature, the pain of death, and the power of redemption.
Peter Byerly has retreated to his new cottage in Oxfordshire, England, to recover from the tragic, and sudden loss of his wife Amanda. Peter is shy and wary of people. Amanda was gregarious and acted as Peter's support while she was alive. Her confidence gave Peter courage. Now, Peter is alone and depressed. In an effort to take his mind off of his pain, he wanders into a small, dusty bookshop to peruse the shelves. As he thumbs through the browned pages of an old book, a small watercolor portrait...
Beyond the Book
When Peter discovers the watercolor of the woman that resembles his dead wife, he is standing in a bookshop in the small town of Hay-on-Wye, Wales, in the United Kingdom. This town, known as the town of books, has a population of 1,500 but boasts nearly 30 bookstores. Hay-on-Wye is about three to four hours' driving distance from London.
Hay-on-Wye evolved into its current status beginning in the 1960s when a bookseller, Robert Booth,...