On the run up to release, I'm going to be blogging about a bookshop every day to celebrate wonderful bookshops and booksellers all around the world. (#bookshopaday) (These aren't extracts from the book - consider them bonus material!)
So, to kick us off, the bookshop I want to tell you about this afternoon is:
The Ketabraneh (Iran)
The Ketabraneh is a bookshop... in a taxi! It's run by husband and wife Mehdi Yazdany and Sarvanez Heraner and you can find them driving around the busy city of Tehran, Iran.
Mehdi drives the taxi, and his wife sits in the back. When they pick up a customer, they drive them to their destination while chatting about books. Sarvanez recommends authors, and tells them about her favourite titles, which are tucked into the windows, seats and boot of their car. There's no pressure to buy anything, but if customers want to they have over forty books in the taxi to choose from, as well as material from the United Nations promoting human rights (in fact the UN recently gave them an international peace award). Sarvanez says that she especially loves promoting political and dystopian literature such as Orwell's Animal Farm, as she's acutely aware of the dangers of oppressive regimes.
The couple, who are well-loved by locals and who met in a bookshop, believe that books and stories are the best way to promote freedom and spread hope to the people they meet.
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