Once upon a time, Donnie Nelson was a bestselling author of fantasy novels. He had the fame, money, and career he had always dreamed about, but fame led to temptation, and Donnie surrendered to it, destroying his family. Then his mother died. Writer’s block set in, and Donnie retreated to a new career as a used bookseller in the tiny Oklahoma town of Sagebrush. There he stayed, year after year, unable to write, his royalties drying up, living in the back room of his store, which lost money every month. Until he got a call from an old acquaintance who told him his high school creative writing teacher had died. Fighting his insecurities, Donnie made the drive home to attend the funeral of the woman who had ignited his love of writing. He returned to Sagebrush with two unwanted guests who turned his life upside down and just might pull him out of the shell he built around himself. He might even find happiness again in The Lost Pages Bookstore.
Danger, intrigue and mystery unfold in this modern day story based on true historical facts about the lost pages of the Book of Kells. the mystery unfolds when Jack Harrison, a retired intelligence agent, leaves London for the quiet and seclusion of Tasmania where he hopes to revive and restore his injured mind and body. He enjoys two years of peace and tranquillity before being visited by his old boss who persuades him to take on one last case. This takes Jack to Amsterdam, Rome, Tuscany and Venice where he is captured. He escapes and follows the trail to London and across southern England. Still dogged by his pursuers, he comes across helpful people as he follows important leads. the story concludes with surprising discoveries for everyone, including the experts.
The Book of Lost Books is a book of stories involving kings, heretics, untimely interruptions and back room deals, falling tortoises and fairy princesses, train crashes and war atrocities, bravery, cowardice, rent boys, chamber maids, love, quests, puzzles and a crocodile. From Homer to Jane Austen, Shakespeare to Ernest Hemingway, this is an account of books destroyed, misplaced, never finished, or never even begun. With academic shaggy dog stories, swashbuckling historical fables, wry ironies and imaginative fantasia, The Book of Lost Books is the perfect read for all bibliophiles. Hilarious, insightful, endlessly fascinating, sometimes shocking - The Book of Lost Books is a wonderfully quirky but utterly romantic saga of our love affair with books.
Thoroughly innovative and occasionally irreverent, this book will appeal in equal measure to book historians, Austen fans, and scholars of literary celebrity.
The gripping and elegiac stories of eight lost books, and the mysterious circumstances behind their disappearances They exist as a rumour or a fading memory. They vanished from history leaving scarcely a trace, lost to fire, censorship, theft, war or deliberate destruction. Yet those who seek them are convinced they will find them. This is the story of one man's quest for eight mysterious lost books. Taking us from Florence to Regency London, the Russian Steppe to British Columbia, Giorgio van Straten unearths stories of infamy and tragedy, glimmers of hope and bitter twists of fate. There are, among others, the rediscovered masterpiece that he read but failed to save from destruction; the Hemingway novel that vanished in a suitcase at the Gare de Lyon; the memoirs of Lord Byron, burnt to avoid a scandal; the Magnum Opus of Bruno Schulz, disappeared along with its author in wartime Poland; the mythical Sylvia Plath novel that may one day become reality. As gripping as a detective novel, as moving as an elegy, this is the tale of a love affair with the impossible, of the things that slip away from us but which, sometimes, live again in the stories we tell. Giorgio van Straten is director of the Italian Cultural Institute of New York and one of the editors of the literature review Nuovi Argomenti. He is the author of several novels, including the prize-winning My Name a Living Memory, along with two collections of short stories. He has translated the works of authors such as Kipling, London and Stevenson and has edited several works of non-fiction.