Among Booksellers; Tales told in Letters to Howard Hodgkin

I reviewed this title last year and noticed recently that the publisher has had to reprint. In case you missed it first time around here it is again.........

“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 – an elegant little book.

 “...a gallery of eccentrics with Batterham himself the most notable, drunk, often penniless...  ...lucky Hodgkin to have received these letters ”   Alan Bennett in London Review of Books
“Its addictive!” James Fergusson (he also chose  it as one of his “books of the year “ in TLS)
“An extraordinary picture of the strange eccentric world of dealers 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
“beguiling. I couldn’t put it down” Simon Hoggart in the Guardian
“completely  fascinating  and totally enjoyable”  Howard Hodgkin
“this book is a cracking read”  Amazon readers review

To order:
In the UK  By sending a cheque for £10 to the above address or by phone or email (or order from bookshops,   or from or Amazon)
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  ( or on Abebooks or Amazon
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 “Among Booksellers; Tales told in Letters to Howard Hodgkin”
Stone Trough Books 2011 118pp  Paperback  ISBN  978 0 95442 3 4          £9.95