The Unknown Unknown: Bookshops and the Delight of Not Getting What You Wanted, by Mark Forsyth, exclusively for Independent Booksellers Week

Posted on 2014/04/11 , tagged as mark forsyth

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The Unknown Unknown: Bookshops and the Delight of Not Getting What You Wanted, by Mark Forsyth, exclusively for Independent Booksellers WeekWe are excited to reveal that Mark Forsyth, author of the Sunday Times Number One bestseller and its successful follow-ups The Etymologicon, The Horologicon and The Elements of Eloquence, is the author of this year’s specially commissioned essay for IBW Bookseller Collectibles: The Unknown Unknown: Bookshops and the Delight of Not Getting What You Wanted.

IBW Booksellers Collectibles is a range of books provided exclusively for indies to sell during Independent Booksellers Week, which takes place 28th June–5th July. Mark Forsyth explores in this essay why Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy would never have met online, the pleasure of leafing through a dictionary, and why only a bookshop can give you what you never knew you were looking for.

Mark Forsyth, who will also be on tour throughout IBW, visiting a new bookshop each evening, said, ‘To be asked to write the pamphlet for Independent Booksellers Week is both a pleasure and an honour (two things that rarely coincide).  I’ve spent so long snuffling around in bookshops, that it’s wonderful to be able to look back at my life and call it research.  I firmly believe that the bookshop is alive and well with a long life ahead of it, and I intend to explain my reasoning’.

And if that wasn’t enough, we’ll also be publishing the paperback of The Elements of Eloquence early for IBW, exclusively for indies!

The Unknown Unknown will be available from 28th June at £1.99 from independent bookshops (UK and Ireland) and available everywhere else from September. Find out more about Independent Booksellers Week by visiting the website and following the hashtag #IBW2014 on Twitter and follow Mark Forsyth @inkyfool and inkyfool.com.

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