Books from overseas

I just finished the book Self Help by Edward Docx.  I picked it up in Paris at a top book store that had definitely curated the books that they were carrying.  What is interesting is that you can't find this book in the states.

This book was long listed for the Man Booker Prize in 2007.  This is an annual award given to the top contemporary novelists in Britain and Ireland every year.  This award has been around for 40 years.  The award appears to be quite prestigious.

There is so much published these days that I was really surprised that I could not find this book at Amazon.  I found it on Amazon UK with rave reviews but for whatever reason, perhaps it is the publisher, has not made the book available here. 

Personally, I didn't love the book but as I sat down to enter the book in my books read column, it didn't pop up.  Even though the world has become quite flat, I was surprised that a book that had even been acknowledged by a major award would have somehow found its way to Amazon in the US. 

Just an observation. 

Comments (Archived):

  1. Yano Solong

    What bookstore were you shopping in? I’m interested in any type of Parisian bookstore–moreso if they stock books in English as well as French.

    1. Gotham Gal

      On the right bank, rue de Rivoli. A few book stores on that street near thehotels.

  2. N

    The book was published under the title Pravda in the States; so it is available, just differently named.

  3. expunjulator

    geeky comment: Did he write the book using Word 2007? …sorry couldn’t resist!