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Book features, mostly drawn from our current stock. Books & people that have enchanted us in the past.. If the book story is interesting then our hope is to share the pleasure. Mail: books@sanctuarybookshop.co.uk. Tel: 01297-445815
The Sanctuary Bookshop Diary.
Our weekly Shop News...
Book Chats on Discoveries.
Some Major Surprises....
Joke of the Month.
A chance to smile (we hope)..?
Poem of the Month.
Another chance to smile (we hope)...?
Book Chats on Associations.
The Lyme Regis Society
Reading for the Quiet Hours
Books for your Bedside Table...
Book Cartoon of the Month.
Food for the Soul.
Books for the Bibliophage...
Some Recent Book News.
A Monthly Roundup......
Book Chats on Book Chains.
Book Chats on Retailing.
Poems of the Month for 2021.
Poems of the Month for 2019.
Rare Book of the Month.
Book Chats on Annotations.
Our Shop Diary Archives.
Past Monthly Entries...
Book Chats on Authors.
Book Chats on Book Collecting.
Book Chats on Booklovers.
Book Chats on Bookmen.
Book Chats on Bookplates.
Book Chats on Condition.
Book Chats on Customers.
Book Chats on Dedications.
Book Chats on Eccentrics.
Book Chats on Ephemera.
Book Chats on Hermann Hesse.
Book Chats on Latin.
Book Chats on Loss.
Book Chats on Memorabilia.
Book Chats on Reading.
Book Chats on T E Lawrence.
Book Chats on Travellers.
To Contact Us.

Book Chats on Reading.

“...books give life meaning, interpret the past and prepare one to meet the future without fear. It is an endless journey, to familiarize oneself gradually with the massive treasury of thoughts, experiences, symbols, fantasies and dreams that the past has bequeathed to us in the works of writers and thinkers of many nations. It is an endless journey......the true reader will approach this study with love". Hermann Hesse. 1929.

In this spirit we offer the reader of these pages our pick of those books that have endured in our forty-five year swim through the ocean of literature. To paraphrase Hesse again..."Each reader is merely one human being, a way station. But each of us should be on the way towards perfection, should be striving to reach the centre, not the periphery".
As Daniel Dennett  might say.."reader, this is mind candy". We hope you enjoy.

We have arranged our selection to link back to the various topic pages you will find on this site, and these can be found by scrolling down the green left hand column of this page, and each other page. Where possible the primary source for our Book Chat material will be found in these references. For example, our first quote above will be found on page 121 of Bernhard Zeller's “Hermann Hesse. The First biography”. Peter Owen. London. 1963.

However, to see our most enjoyable recent reads, arranged by month...please click here...

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