Thursday, December 15, 2011
Among Booksellers; Tales told in Letters to Howard Hodgkin
DAVID BATTERHAM Bookseller 36Alexander St London W2 5NU
With a foreword by Howard Hodgkin
Stone Trough Books 2011 118pp Paperback ISBN 978 0 95442 3 4 £9.95
“For thirty five years bookseller David Batterham has been making buying trips abroad and describing his adventures in letters to artist Howard Hodgkin. He was looking for Trade Catalogues , fashion magazines and other illustrated journals but his colleagues interest him almost as much seen in their homes and shops. The visitable bookseller, a vanishing breed, is here immortalised” Publishers blurb
Part diary, part memoir, some anecdotes and reflections; intended to amuse rather than inform! Designed by typographer George Ramsden with cover from a painting by Howard Hodgkin(A pdf image can be sent on request) – an elegant little book.
“completely fascinating and totally enjoyable” Howard Hodgkin
“Its addictive!”James Fergusson
“An extraordinary picture of a strange eccentric world of dealing and collecting with its chance encounters, crazed characters, its obsessions and its loneliness” Margaret Drabble
“wonderfully redolent, skirting Chatwin Country in favour of Simenon’s Maigret” William Feaver
Copies may by obtained:
In the UK By sending a cheque for £10 to the above address or by phone or email (or order from bookshops, or from Abebooks.com)
In Europe £12.50 post paid (simplest way is to ask me for a Paypal Invoice)
In USA and worldwide £14.50 post paid. Paypal the simplest way . In US copies may also be obtained from Oak Knoll Books (firstname.lastname@example.org) or on Abebooks.com
The Bookman bought a copy of this slender (120 pages) memoir and found it fascinating and eccentric.