The Unknown Unknown: Bookshops and the delight of not getting what you wanted

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Icon Books Ltd, Sep 4, 2014 - Literary Criticism - 32 pages
Mark Forsyth – author of the Sunday Times Number One bestseller The Etymologicon – reveals in this essay, specially commissioned for Independent Booksellers Week, the most valuable thing about a really good bookshop. Along the way he considers the wisdom of Donald Rumsfeld, naughty French photographs, why Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy would never have met online, and why only a bookshop can give you that precious thing – what you never knew you were looking for.
 

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User Review  - untraveller - LibraryThing

Clever and funny. This brings up the question I've been asking for as long as I can remember....namely, when a teacher says, "Be sure to ask questions when you don't understand something", what do you ... Read full review

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User Review  - CarltonC - LibraryThing

Although it might say nothing new and is preaching to the converted, this is a nice short essay on the benefits of browsing in bookshops to help broaden your reading horizons. However for such a short essay, Mark Forsyth does self-depreciate himself over drinking too much for my taste. Read full review

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Mark Forsyth is a blogger and author whose books have made him one of the UK’s best-known commentators on words. His book The Etymologicon was a Sunday Times Number One bestseller and was followed by the similarly successful The Horologicon and The Elements of Eloquence. Follow Mark on Twitter @inkyfool

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