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by John Saumarez Smith,Heywood Hill

  • ISBN: 0711226989
  • Category: History and Criticism
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: John Saumarez Smith,Heywood Hill
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln; 1st Frances Lincoln Ed edition (November 23, 2006)
  • Pages: 160
  • ePub book: 1377 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1126 kb
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  • Rating: 4.8
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A Spy In The Bookshop book.

A Spy In The Bookshop book.

Letters Between Heywood Hill and John Saumarez Smith, 1966-74.

A Spy in the Bookshop : Letters Between Heywood Hill and John Saumarez Smith, 1966-74. Witty, stylish and full of insights into literature, the book trade and miscellaneous human weaknesses, this correspondence between the new blood and the retired former owner provide further entertainment, and wisdom, about the surprisingly turbulent world of literary bookselling in the very recent past.

by John Saumarez Smith, Heywood Hill. bluepiano: Both authors unwittingly out themselves as unpleasant specimens, Saumerez Smith as a person consumed by a long-held workaday grudge and Fothergill as one consumed by status anxiety and a need for praise, and both books are icky but fun. ▾Lists.

Her letters to Heywood Hill advise on recent French titles that might appeal to him and his customers, gossip engagingly about . John Saumerez Smith has worked at Heywood Hill's bookshop since 1965 and managed it since 1974.

Her letters to Heywood Hill advise on recent French titles that might appeal to him and his customers, gossip engagingly about life in Paris, and enquire anxiously about the reception of her own books, while seeking advice about new titles to read. In return Heywood kept her up to date with customers and their foibles, and with aspects of literary and bookish life in London. Charming, witty, utterly irresistible, the correspondence gives brilliant insights into a world that has almost disappeared.

None of the full letters actually appear in the book, it’s very much just tasters of the best bits.

A Spy in the Bookshop: Letters Between Heywood Hill and John Saumarez Smith, 1966-74. Published on 11 January 2009.

The ‘spy’ was John Saumarez Smith, so dubbed by Nancy Mitford.

Saumarez Smith, then 33, had been running Heywood Hill’s bookshop in Curzon Street for two years, having joined it in 1965 straight from Cambridge. The knock- about of shop life is recalled in The Bookshop at 10 Curzon Street (2004), Saumarez Smith’s selection of letters between Nancy Mitford and Heywood Hill, 1952-73, and in its more bruising sequel, A Spy in the Bookshop (2006), letters between Hill and Saumarez Smith, 1966-74. The ‘spy’ was John Saumarez Smith, so dubbed by Nancy Mitford. Handy’ Buchanan and Heywood Hill had fallen out over the sale of the shop in 1965.

John Saumarez Smith made Bevis Hillier a once-in-a-lifetime offer . It was 1976 and Hillier dithered. First there was Heywood Hill, who founded the shop in 1936 (Saumarez Smith started the Monday after he left). He created the atmosphere, set the scene, enlisted his friends as customers, a fertile mix of writers, artists and gentry. The knockabout of shop life is recalled in The Bookshop at 10 Curzon Street (2004), Saumarez Smith's selection of letters between Nancy Mitford and Heywood Hill, 1952-73, and in its more bruising sequel, A Spy in the Bookshop (2006), letters between Hill and Saumarez Smith, 1966-74.

item 5 Letters of Nancy Mitford and Heywood Hill by Saumarez Smith, John -Letters . From 1942-6 she worked in Heywood Hill's famous shop in Curzon Street, and effectively ran it when the male staff were called up for war service.

item 5 Letters of Nancy Mitford and Heywood Hill by Saumarez Smith, John -Letters of Nancy Mitford and Heywood Hill by Saumarez Smith, John. item 6 Letters of Nancy Mitford and Heywood Hill by Saumarez Smith, John -Letters of Nancy Mitford and Heywood Hill by Saumarez Smith, John. item 7 The Bookshop at 10 Curzon Street: Letters Between Nancy Mitford and.

Sir Charles Robert Saumarez Smith CBE (born 28 May 1954) is a British cultural historian specialising in the history of art, design and architecture. He is the current Secretary and Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Arts in London. He was Director of the National Portrait Gallery from 1994 to 2002 and the Director of the National Gallery from 2002 to 2007

While compiling and editing The Bookshop at 10 Curzon Street, described as 'a little gem' by the Sunday Times, John Saumarez Smith discovered that one side of that 'elegant and entertaining' (Spectator) and 'thought provoking and … laugh out loud' (Country Life) correspondence, had been to some degree plagiarised from letters that he himself had sent to Heywood Hill, former owner of the shop. His own account of day-to-day life in one of London's best loved and most stylish bookshops had been used to flesh out Hill's glittering correspondence with Nancy Mitford who referred to him as 'the spy in the bookshop'. So here is the real thing. A lively, alarming and candid account of life behind the counter in a fashionable west end bookshop, where all was most definitely not what it seemed, and where deep passions and often irrational animosities flourished and occasionally broke the surface, to the alarm of customers, staff and owners alike. Witty, stylish and full of insights into literature, the book trade and miscellaneous human weaknesses, this correspondence between the new blood and the retired former owner provide further entertainment, and wisdom, about the surprisingly turbulent world of literary bookselling in the very recent past.