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The Book Forger
  • ISBN: 9781784744670
  • Pages: 336
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Publisher: Vintage

The Book Forger

The true story of a literary crime that fooled the world

Joseph Hone
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London, 1932. Thomas James Wise is the toast of the literary establishment.

A prominent collector and businessman, he is renowned on both sides of the Atlantic for unearthing the most stunning first editions and bringing them to market. Pompous and fearsome, with friends in high places, he is one of the most powerful men in the field of rare books.

One night, two young booksellers — one a dishevelled former communist, the other a martini-swilling fan of detective stories — stumble upon a strange discrepancy. It will lead them to suspect Wise and his books are not all they seem. Inspired by the vogue for Hercule Poirot and Sherlock Holmes, the pair harness the latest developments in forensic analysis to crack the case, but find its extent is greater than they ever could have imagined. By the time they are done, their investigation will have rocked the book world to its core.

This is the true story of unlikely friends coming together to expose the literary crime of the century, and of a maverick bibliophile who forged not only books but an entire life, erasing his past along the way.

Absolutely fascinating . . . A must-read for anyone enthralled by the value and integrity of books. Janice Hallett



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