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The Bookman's Tale

A Novel of Obsession

by Charlie Lovett

The Bookman's Tale
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  • First Published:
    May 2013, 368 pages
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    May 2014, 368 pages

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Sarah Sacha Dollacker

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This charming debut novel is an ode to the power of literature, the physical book and to the connections they forge between the people who appreciate them.

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 falls to the floor. ...

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