Bookseller at the End of the World

Shaw, Ruth


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SKU: 9781988547756 Categories: , ,

Author: Shaw, Ruth
Publication date: 29/03/2022
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pages: 320
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781988547756

'An extraordinary story.' Shaun Bythell, The Diary of a Bookseller

Ruth Shaw weaves together stories of the characters who visit her bookshops, musings about favourite books, and bittersweet stories from her full and varied life.

She's sailed through the Pacific for years, been held up by pirates, worked at Sydney's Kings Cross with drug addicts and prostitutes, campaigned on numerous environmental issues, and worked the yacht Breaksea Girl with her husband, Lance.

Underlining all her wanderings and adventures are some very deep losses and long-held pain. Balancing that out is her beautiful love story with Lance, and her delightful sense of humour.

This will make you weep and make you laugh and make you want to read more books - and make you want to visit Ruth and her two wee bookshops.

Additional information

Dimensions 216 × 135 mm


  1. Scorpio Books

    “I loved this generously told story of an extraordinary kiwi life! Ruth Shaw is a treasure. Don’t be fooled by the charming title – there’s so much more than bookselling in here. Broken hearts, redemption – even pirates! Laughs and tears all imbued with Ruth’s unstoppable spirit. Reading this book feels like making a new friend. A delightful and at times devastating read.” – Bel @ Scorpio Books

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