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1SimonW11
Set 17, 2006, 9:05am

silverlock
or any of Kim Newman's Dracula stories

3JamieJM
Gen 9, 2007, 2:43am

What about Reading Lolita in Tehran?

4ellaminnowpea Primo messaggio
Gen 10, 2007, 10:42pm

On more of a Jasper Fforde note, how about The Phantom TOllbooth by Norton Juster?

5NotSunkYet
Feb 6, 2007, 1:14pm

How about Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. "The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter" and of course Aziraphale, the Angel and part-time rare book dealer.

6Kell_Smurthwaite
Apr 13, 2007, 5:42pm

Northanger Abbey by jane Austen mentions several books throughout it:

The Mysteries of Udolpho by Anne Radcliffe
The Italian by Anne Radcliffe
Clermont by Regina Maria Roche
Castle of Wolfenbach by Eliza Parsons
Mysterious Warnings by Eliza Parsons
Necromancer of the Black Forest by Ludwig Flammenberg
Midnight Bell by Francis Lathom
Orphan of the Rhine by Eleanor Sleath
Horrid Mysteries by Marquis de Grosse

Collectively, apparently, they're known as the Northanger Horrid Novels - Gothic novels all!

Of course, the most famous "book within a book" has to be The Princess Bride by William Goldman which continually makes mention of an "original" version which is apparently being translated, but it is, in fact, an original work and the "original book" forms part of the sub-plot. Excellent stuff. :)

7fannyprice
Gen 10, 2008, 4:29pm

The Thirteenth Tale, which is about the daughter of a bookseller and a famous author, is both a story-within-a-story, a book about books & the love of books, and contains a number of allusions to several works of classic English lit.

8Booksloth
Ott 1, 2012, 7:27am

What a shame this great group has gone so quiet. Let's try to kick-start it again with a mention of what is probably the greatest ever 'book about books', 84 Charing Cross Road. I was particularly enchanted by the way Hanff's reading so resembles my own (though her reading matter is much more highbrow than mine) in the way she starts to read a book, sees another book mentioned, then has to stop to read that one. I suspect I could have filled my entire reading life that way.