MEINE WUNDERVOLLE BUCHANDLUNG/
MY WONDERFUL BOOKSTORE
ca. 200 pages
‘A captivating book‘ - Katja Nele Bode, BRIGITTE WOMAN
‘Whoever reads this book, will look to the future – not only of the book – more positively.’ Arno Widmann, Berliner Zeitung
‘This is fun to read and inspirational.‘ Doris Knecht, Kurier
‘There are many reasons for the fact that this long, cheerful biographical story is fun […] That which works as the private account of the fulfilment of a life’s dream, is ultimately the story of: the book. Or rather: The story of the written word and its fight for survival in times of Amazon and the Internet […] told with spirit and humour.’ Catrin Kahlweit, Süddeutsche Zeitung
‘Petra Hartlieb knows almost all sides of the book industry. Above all, she knows how to write […] a very positive book that shows that you should believe in your dreams.’ Sebastian Fasthuber, Salzburger Nachrichten
Nobody has written funnier or more poetically about the love of books
A woman, a family and dream come true
Petra Hartlieb tells her own story in this book. It is the story of a coincidence and the decision to leave one’s old life behind in order to fulfil one’s dream, namely become the owner of a literary bookstore. A bookstore that turned into the living room for her family and the meeting place for the whole neighbourhood. With regular customers that become friends and friends that become regular customers.
Petra Hartlieb tells this story in a snappy and humorous frame of mind, making every line a pleasure to read and every chapter a declaration of love to the world of books.
Rights sold to: Ciela (Bulgarian), Cactus Book (Dutch), SOLBITKIL (Korean), Periferica (Spanish World), Tima? (Turkish);
English sample translation available!
Petra Hartlieb, born in Munich in 1967, grew up in Upper Austria. She studied psychology and history and subsequently worked as a press officer and literary critic in Vienna and Hamburg. In 2004, she took over a traditional bookshop in Vienna’s Währing district, now called Hartlieb’s Books. This is the story she tells in her book ‘Meine wundervolle Buchhandlung’ (My Wonderful Bookshop), published in 2014 by DuMont. The same bookshop plays a central role in her novels ‘Wenn es Frühling wird in Wien’ (When Spring Comes to Vienna), and "Sommer in Wien" (Summer in Vienna).