WELCOME to the letter N and to this year’s theme: BOOKSHOPS
This independent bookshop, renowned for its travel book section was the inspiration for the 1999 romantic comedy, made famous by Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant in the film, Notting Hill. Here we find someone who knows his books along with a quirky sales assistant that fits right in with the specialized inventory. Quite apart from travel, The Notting Hill Bookshop offers an extensive range across most categories of publishing and is proud of its’ broad range of children’s books. I hope as you make your way to visit the store that the seasons will change before your eyes as they do in the film, which puts me in mind of the seasons that come and go in our reading lives. When in London, most visit Harrod’s or the Victoria and Albert Museum, but you and I are headed to Notting Hill in pursuit of our passion….books!
I want to tuck into this post one of the books in the British Library Crime Classics series from Poisoned Pen Press. I’m never sure if I am buying the books for their fabulous book jackets or for the golden age mysteries they are reintroducing. (You might know that this jacket isn’t the best example of all the fabulous covers.) The Notting Hill Mystery by Charles Warren Adams was first published between 1862 and 1863 as an eight-part serial in a magazine. The story is told by insurance investigator Ralph Henderson, who is building a case against the sinister Baron R, suspected of murdering his wife.
Presented in the form of diary entries, letters, chemical analysis reports, interviews with witnesses and a crime scene map, the novel displays innovative techniques that would not become common features of detective fiction until the 1920s. I’m sure you can find the British Crime Classics at The Notting Hill Bookstore.
Please take a minute to watch this wonderful short scene where Grant discourages Roberts from buying a book. CLICK HERE