Once Upon a Tome
With Once Upon a Tome, Oliver Darkshire has delivered a new landmark book in the beloved “cranky antiquarian bookseller memoir” genre. Here Darkshire, the bookseller behind the legendary Twitter account for London’s Sotheran’s Bookshop, ably transfers his charm from tweet to book. If you believe him, bookshops are uncontained messes populated by eccentric loonies on staff and menacing cryptid customers shuffling the aisles. I mean, he’s not wrong. But barely buried underneath the acerbic wit is a warm tenderness for books and those who sell them. A browse through these hilarious pages is just as satisfying as a browse in a good bookshop. Recommended by Danny
A Literary Hub and BookPage Most Anticipated Book of 2023
Welcome to Sotheran’s, one of the oldest bookshops in the world, with its weird and wonderful clientele, suspicious cupboards, unlabeled keys, poisoned books, and some things that aren’t even books, presided over by one deeply eccentric apprentice.