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Imports from the United Kingdom

Something many of our customers may not know is that many British authors have books published in the United Kingdom sooner than in North America.

At one time when more Canadian distributors imported from the UK this was not so noticeable but now that most distributors and publishers are owned by American or Multi-national companies I find there are more and more books that are available at least a year earlier in the UK than they are in North America.

So, if your favourite authors are British and have a new book that is not yet available in North America I will order it for you directly from the UK at no additional cost to the price of the book.


One recent example of this is the new book by one of my favourite authors Bernard MacLaverty, Midwinter Break. This is his first book in 16 years, and well worth the wait, as I believe he is one of the best writers alive today. If you like the work of Ian McEwan and William Trevor, you will also like Bernard MacLaverty.

William Shaw, author of The Birdwatcher and a series of mystery novels featuring Detectives Breen and Tozer, has a new book appearing in North American next June, a second featuring Detective Alexandra Cupidi, but the fourth in the Breen and Tozer series is currently only available in the UK.


Another mystery writer we have strongly promoted for several years is Peter May. For some time many of his books were only available in the UK and I regularly brought them in for stock. Most of his books have now been re-issued and are readily available in North America, and he has become a very popular writer here.

So, if you have favourite British writers whose books you would like to read sooner than later, please let us know and we will get them for you – by special order directly from the UK.



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