Series: The Biblio File hosted by Nigel Beale

THE BIBLIO FILE is one of the world’s leading podcasts about “the book” and an inquiry into the wider world of book culture. Hosted by Nigel Beale it features wide ranging conversations with authors, poets, book publishers, booksellers, book editors, book collectors, book makers, book scholars, book critics, book designers, book publicists, literary agents and other certified bibliophiles.

Martin Latham on The Bookseller’s Tale

Martin Latham has been a bookseller for thirty-five years. He has a PhD in Indian history, and taught at Hertfordshire University before turning to bookselling. He is proud to be responsible for the biggest petty-cash claim in Waterstones’ history,…

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Doug Minett on Canada’s most Innovative Bookstore

The Bookshelf bookshop in Guelph, Ontario was established in 1973 by Barb and Doug Minett. In 1980 it became The Bookshelf Cafe – Canada’s first bookstore cafe/restaurant.   Shortly thereafter an ambitious plan was conceived to add a cinema and…

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Bianca Gillam on the role of a Special Sales Assistant at Simon & Schuster

It was on Twitter a couple of months ago that I noticed this tweet celebrating the work of one Bianca Gillam (@BinxGillam). ‘You’re the best special sales assistant ever’, it said, or words to that effect. Hmm I thought. What, I wonder, does a special…

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David Gilmour on Truman Capote’s slow descent into Hell

Last year at about this time to talk about “” one of Truman Capote’s greatest short stories. We enjoyed ourselves so much we decided to do it again, this time with “.”  Capote wrote this story when he was only 23 years old. David contends that…

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Lennie Goodings on Virago & her new memoir A Bite of the Apple

Virago is a London-based British publishing company committed to publishing women’s writing and books on “feminist” topics.  Established by women in the 1970s in tandem with the Women’s Liberation Movement (WLM), Virago has done much to address…

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Martin Amis on his new novel Inside Story

Martin Amis was born in Oxford in 1949 and is a British novelist, essayist, and memoirist – all of whom show up to contribute to his latest novel, Inside Story.    As it happens I read  Lolita in tandem with Inside Story, so the…

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David Mason on his memoir The Pope’s Bookbinder, Part ll

Sly, sparkling, and endearingly gruff, David Mason is an engrossing conversationalist; a giant in the book trade whose infectious enthusiasm, human insight, commercial shrewdness, and deadpan humour are all on display here in our discussion about his…

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Martin Parr on Collecting Photography Books

“Martin Parr’s celebrated photographs bridge the divide between art and documentary photography. His studies of the idiosyncrasies of mass culture and consumerism around the world, his innovative imagery, and his prolific output have placed him firmly…

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Lawrence Krauss on science writing, and whether or not science is art

…in which I posit that raising funds is a primary motivator explaining why scientists write, and Lawrence disagrees; and the two of us argue over the similarities and differences between art and science… The combatants tend to confuse human-made…

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Patrick McGahern on 51 Years of Antiquarian Bookselling

Patrick McGahern has been operating an antiquarian bookshop in Ottawa, Canada’s capital, since 1969. Today it continues to thrive under the management of Patrick’s son Liam. The store specializes in Used and Rare Books, Canadiana, Americana, Arctic,…

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