I did a double take when I first saw these video book reviews by Canadian bookseller Nicholas Hoare. Could this soft-spoken reviewer, dressed in a variety of silk smoking jackets and perfectly knotted bow ties, be for real? He is, and he's fantastic. Utterly un-self conscious (if a tiny bit tounge-in-cheek), Hoare reviews quality British books of all kinds. Kid's books (reviewed in the company of Alastair Cookie Monster), cookbooks, art books, novels and memoirs all get thoughtful examinations and enthusiastic recommendations from the comfort of Hoare's oak Windsor chair, while Oscar, an orange tabby cat of the classic "bookshop cat" variety, occasionally strolls through uninvited, or interrupts abruptly with a loud, off-camera "meow". A genuine delight.

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