Mark Forsyth’s The Unknown Unknown

Mark Forsyth is the author of this year’s specially commissioned essay for IBW Bookseller Collectibles: The Unknown Unknown: Bookshops and the Delight of Not Getting What You Wanted.

IBW Booksellers Collectibles is a range of books provided exclusively for indies to sell during Independent Booksellers Week, which takes place 28th June–5th July. Mark Forsyth explores in this essay the most valuable thing about a really good bookshop. Along the way he considers the wisdom of Donald Rumsfeld, naughty French photographs, why Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy would never have met online, and why only a bookshop can give you that precious thing – what you never knew you were looking for.

And if that wasn’t enough, the paperback of The Elements of Eloquence will be available – two months early – for IBW, exclusively for indies!

The Unknown Unknown

The Unknown Unknown

Win a limited edition leatherbound copy of The Elements of Eloquence, signed by Mark Forsyth, with National Book Tokens

National Book TokensTweet a photo of The Unknown Unknown in front of your favourite indie bookshop using #IBW2014 and be entered to win a very special edition (only twelve exist in the world!) of Mark Forsyth’s brilliant third book, The Elements of Eloquence, signed to the winner by Mark, plus £20 of National Book Tokens.

We also have four National Book Tokens worth £20 each for runners up!

Tweet between June 28th (when The Unknown Unknown will be available) and the end of August. Winners will be picked at random from all tweets and announced at midday on Monday 1st September 2014 by @iconbooks.

The Elements of Eloquence

Leatherbound edition of The Elements of Eloquence – enter to win by tweeting a photo of The Unknown Unknown outside of your favourite indie using #IBW2014.

The Elements of Eloquence

See Mark Forsyth on Tour

Mark Forsyth will be on tour throughout Independent Booksellers Week. Click here for full details!

Join Mark Forsyth on his Independent Booksellers Week tour!


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