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A pound of paper : confessions of a book addict

Author: John Baxter
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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As he stooped over a basket full of stuffed animals at a London flea market, Baxter (Robert de Niro; George Lucas) made a discovery that would change his life forever. It was there, in 1978, that he unearthed a children's book by Graham Greene, called The Little Horse Bus, selling for five pence. He snatched it up, then impulsively purchased another Greene novel and one of Greene's African journals as well. Just  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: John Baxter; John Baxter
Material Type: Biography, Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: John Baxter
OCLC Number: 54990787
Notes: Originally published: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, ©2003. 1st U.S. ed.
Previously published: London : Doubleday, 2002.
Description: 1 audio disc ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: Collecting graham --
Left-handed guns --
Rules of the game --
Surly bonds --
Star begotten --
Loneliness of the long-distance reader --
Haunted screens --
Old country --
Regional collection --
With the rich and mighty ... --
End of the affair --
Bookshop dreams --
Without whom ... --
There and back again --
Guaranteed anatomically correct --
Shakespeare and company, and company --
Appendixes: Lists --
Cyril Connolly's The Modern Movement; Haycraft/Queen Cornerstones, 1748-1948; Queen's quorum; The booker prize; Anthony Burgess's ninety-nine novels; 'If your house was on fire ... ' an informal poll; eBay gems.
Responsibility: John Baxter.

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As he stooped over a basket full of stuffed animals at a London flea market, Baxter (Robert de Niro; George Lucas) made a discovery that would change his life forever. It was there, in 1978, that he unearthed a children's book by Graham Greene, called The Little Horse Bus, selling for five pence. He snatched it up, then impulsively purchased another Greene novel and one of Greene's African journals as well. Just like that, a book collector was born. Baxter chronicles his growing obsession with books in a way that's utterly infectious, with sharp wit and self-deprecating humor. He flits across Australia, England, the United States and France in pursuit of the perfect collection, always spurred on by the knowledge that book collectors find treasures in the most unlikely places. In his words, "acquiring [books] meant midnight assignations in seedy corners of London, white-knuckle bidding at auctions, speculative drives across England to cities you'd never seen, and nervous knocking on the doors of strangers that, in all probability, would leave you, a minute later, humiliated and empty-handed on the doorstep a hundred miles from home." He takes gleeful pleasure in underpaying those who are ignorant about the worth of their rare books, but he also holds certain texts sacred (like the uncorrected proofs of two James Bond novels given to him by Kingsley Amis). Baxter's memoir will be of great interest to serious book collectors because so much of the book conveys the insider's perspective, but his narrative is truly amusing and rollicking enough to entice book lovers of all kinds.-Publisher's Weekly

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