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Sep 17, 2006, 9:05 am

or any of Kim Newman's Dracula stories

Jan 9, 2007, 2:43 am

What about Reading Lolita in Tehran?

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Jan 10, 2007, 10:42 pm

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

Feb 6, 2007, 1:14 pm

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.

Apr 13, 2007, 5:42 pm

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. :)

Jan 10, 2008, 4:29 pm

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.

Oct 1, 2012, 7:27 am

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.