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Grumpy Old Bookman: Long shelf life

Commercial fiction from a former age still finds readers, but it can be a different story for lit-fic, notes Michael Allen

Last month I described how a number of enterprising publishers are seeking to make a few honest pounds by reprinting some well-made crime and thriller books from the post-war period: books which had gone out of print and might well have disappeared altogether but for a few publishing folk with long memories and an eye for an opportunity.

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