SHELF DIS­COV­ERY

Books get a good talk­ing to from An­nie Spence in Dear Faren­heit 451

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Li­brar­ian An­nie Spence has penned a se­ries of funny, ir­rev­er­ent love letters and break-up notes to the books that grace the shelves of her local li­brary*. Th­ese range from the ones she rec­om­mends to ev­ery­one: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt;

The Vir­gin Sui­cides by Jef­frey Eu­genides; ev­ery­thing by Agatha Christie, to the ones that leave her cold: any­thing by JRR Tolkien or ro­man­tic nov­el­ist Ni­cholas Sparks – and the ones that she keeps mean­ing to read, but some­how hasn’t – Tol­stoy’s Anna Karen­ina, for ex­am­ple – “there will come a day, prob­a­bly, when I get a han­ker­ing for a bleak 864-page novel trans­lated from Rus­sian. But un­til that day, back to the shelves you go”. (

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