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CANNABIS by Martin Booth
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2004

"Readable and comprehensive, loaded as fudge: the only hash book you'll ever need."
An investigation of the culture of hemp, the most widely distributed hallucinogenic on Earth. Read full book review >

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OPIUM by Martin Booth
NON-FICTION
Released: July 13, 1998

"Not quite intoxicating, but good for at least a pleasant buzz."
This comprehensive opium chronicle is a worthy addition to the recent rush of compendia that seek to place commodities (e.g., oil, potatoes, corn) in their full historical/social context. Read full book review >

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WAR DOG by Martin Booth
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"All readers will be stirred by the heroic canine's adventures. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In his first novel for young readers, Booth (Dreaming of Samarkand, 1990, etc.) introduces Jet, a black Labrador hero in the tradition of Rin Tin Tin. Read full book review >

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A VERY PRIVATE GENTLEMAN by Martin Booth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Bitter, but possibly good for you. Like those Italian digestive liquori."
A thoughtful armorer to the world's finest assassins ponders the possibilities of Italian retirement. Read full book review >

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PANTHER by Martin Booth
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"Appealingly short and absorbing. (Fiction. 10-12)"
The thrill of the hunt propels two children into an unusual (to say the least) wildlife encounter on an isolated West Country moor, in this brief tale from the author of War Dog (1997). Read full book review >

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THE INDUSTRY OF SOULS by Martin Booth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"By turns terrifying and moving, an observant book likely to be long remembered."
Much published in England but known here only for his nonfiction (Opium: A History,1998), Booth offers a gripping tale'short-listed for the Booker—of the gulag and one man's escape from it. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"Doyle emerges as an honorable pillar of Victorian pride and prejudice, even when he wrote ineptly and let others play him for a fool. (40 b&w photos, not seen)"
A discursive, anecdotal life of the prolific creator of Sherlock Holmes by the equally prolific Booth (The Industry of Souls, 1999, etc.), who seeks here to put the bluff Sir Arthur on the same pedestal as the giants of English literature. Read full book review >

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GOLDEN BOY by Martin Booth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2005

"Warm and vivid, bursting with life and energy, this is a valentine—but a clear-eyed one—to a particular place and time."
Marvelously appealing memoir charts an enchanted few years of boyhood in post-war Hong Kong. Read full book review >

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ISLANDS OF SILENCE by Martin Booth
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Somber, intelligent, poignant and powerful."
The First World War slowly claims one of its last victims, a conscientious objector left mute by the horrors of the great slaughter. Read full book review >

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SOUL STEALER by Martin Booth
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2005

"The parts may not add up, but some of them are memorable enough to keep reader interest in the series going. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
This sequel to Doctor Illuminatus (2004) is likewise shaky on internal logic, but rich in thoroughly researched alchemical lore and icky set pieces. Read full book review >

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DOCTOR ILLUMINATUS by Martin Booth
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

Booth draws heavily on old alchemical texts, herb lore, and lurid accounts of witchly deeds for this chiller, but neglects to link it all with a coherent story. Read full book review >

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MARTIN WILSON
by Megan Labrise

YA author Martin Wilson’s sophomore novel has a gut-punch premise: One hot day in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, an 11-year-old boy takes off on his bike and vanishes. Three years later, he returns, gravely changed.

“I’m trying to write stories that are honest and emotionally powerful,” says Wilson, author of We Now Return to Regular Life, based on a true story ...


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