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The Loneliness of the Long Distance Book Runner
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Imagine a life of adventure, set in the world of second-hand books: finding a valuable first edition gathering dust on a Parisian pub shelf, opening bookshops in Montpellier, Paris, Bangor, trading books with a holidaying Ian McEwan or Alan Sillitoe, and running for the door after finding yourself trespassing in a wealthy Moroccan's private library...The Loneliness of the Long Distance Book Runner recounts the trials, joys and tribulations of selling second hand books. Full of quirky anecdotes and literary odds and ends, these unique insider's tales of the trade are sure to spark the imagination of every book- lover who picks it up.
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About the Author

Bill Rees lives between Bangor and Montpelier, and makes his self-proclaimed 'precarious' living by translating French football matches into English for a Dutch bookmaker, as well as selling the occasional book. As a graduate of Bangor University, Rees worked as a reporter for a local newspaper in London, before the lure of travel and bookselling led him to take a less conventional road. His experiences of bookselling in Wales and France culminated in the creation of The Loneliness of a Long Distance Book Runner, an idiosyncratic tale of friendship and travel, published by Parthian in October 2011.

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"Books are Rees' obsession, not just his living. Every search through an insect-infested crate of battered and mouldy hardbacks and paperbacks starts with a dream of finding the rarest of first editions by a celebrated author, preferably with a dust-jacket." --"Western Mail"

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