A Very Special Year

Pages: 176
Subject: Fiction, Translated Fiction
Imprint: Oneworld

A Very Special Year

'A beautifully written novel' - André Aciman, author of Call Me By Your Name

Thomas Montasser

Translated by Jamie Bulloch
For fans of 84 Charing Cross Road and Alan Bennett, this is the charming tale of a small bookshop and one very mysterious customer
9781780748665 (2 Jun 2016)
RRP £8.99 / US$14.99

The Book

For fans of 84 Charing Cross Road and Alan Bennett, this is the charming tale of a small bookshop and one very mysterious customer

‘It's not particularly difficult to run a successful bookshop, thought Valerie: a grasp of the rudiments of business, a sensible plan, a little skill in negotiation, a couple of contacts and a large portion of magic.'

When businesswoman Valerie takes over the bookshop owned by her aunt - who has vanished without trace - her intention is to bring some order to the chaos, and then sell the business. But she has underestimated the power of the little shop. One day she stumbles upon a mysterious book with an unfinished ending. Valerie thinks it must be a defective copy, but when a customer turns up searching for that very book, her view of the shop - and world - shifts, as she is forced to question what is and isn't possible.

A Very Special Year is a declaration of love for literature, for beautiful books, the power and magic of stories as well as proof that the world of the imagination is still alive within us.

Additional Information

Subject Fiction, Translated Fiction
Pages 176
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Thomas Montasser is a poet and novelist. He founded Montasser Media Agency with his wife twenty-five years ago, and it is now one of the leading literary agencies in Germany. Thomas is a self-confessed bibliophile, and lives in Munich with his wife and three children.

Jamie Bulloch has taught German language and Central European History at UCL, King's College and Warwick University. His recent literary translations include Look Who's Back by Timur Vermes, which has been long-listed for the 2016 IMPAC award, Raw Material by Jörg Fauser, and Schlump by Hans Herbert Grimm (Vintage). He lives in London with his wife and three daughters.



‘Charming…A Very Special Year reminds us of why books still matter and how they can transform our lives and build bridges between people and cultures.’

- Christian Science Monitor

'I smell a book lovers’ dream beach read.’

- Words Without Borders

‘A magical journey into the land of literature - captivating and moving.'

- Elle

‘It's not true that booksellers look after books; they look after people. A Very Special Year is a declaration of love to the guardians of literature and book doctors all over the world - an absolute gem.'



- Nina George