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Welcome to the Hoare House!

Since the 4 remaining Nicholas Hoare bookshops closed in orderly fashion in 2013, and your correspondent retired, we have been busily restoring our new ancestral home in Nova Scotia, both as a principal residence...
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You Say You Want a Revolution: Records & Rebels, 1966-1970, edited by Victoria Broackes...

To mark the 50th anniversary of Montreal's celebrated "Expo '67", the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has published, in conjunction with the V&A in London and its own show in Montreal, a highly evocative...
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How They Decorated: Inspiration from the Great Women of the Twentieth Century by Gaye...

Don't be put off by the cover. This otherwise handsome book, which complements Adam Lewis's memorable "Great Lady Decorators" (of which we have already written), examines the homes of sixteen celebrated ladies, many of...
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What Plant Where Encyclopedia, edited by Lorraine Johnson

American readers should not be foxed. Although the sub-title of this noble tome reads "Canadian Edition", this is, in fact, a British book, edited just as much for use south of the border as...
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Rogues’ Gallery: A History of Art and its Dealers by Philip Hook

The entertaining author of "Breakfast at Sotheby's" returns with a revealing account of the questionable world of art dealing, from its inception in Antwerp to the high-stakes arena of collecting and collectors today. Few are...
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Alastair Denniston: Code-Breaking from Room 40 to Berkeley Street and the Birth of GCHQ...

How ironic that the long-winded sub-title reveals more about our hero than his name does. Even now, the name of Alastair Denniston remains sadly unsung. In a career that spanned two World Wars and the...
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Flushed with Pride: The Story of Thomas Crapper by Wallace Reyburn

When we first opened our Toronto branch, many moons ago, our first ad (which remains fondly remembered, e'en now) read: "Nicholas Hoare: With a name like that, who needs advertising?" The same might be asked...
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Big Pig, Little Pig: A Tale of Two Pigs in France by Jacqueline Yallop

Your correspondent can perhaps be forgiven for a secret affection for pigs, having spent a summer on a Suffolk farm in his callow youth. With this delightful bit of French fluff, that affection has...