Maggs Bros

It's always an enlightening end-of-year undertaking to dig into the data and ascertain which stories were the most popular with our online readers. News items? Auction previews? Interviews with book world folks? Book reviews? Turns out, it's a little bit of everything. Here's the rundown:

#1 Thieves Steal Over 160 Rare Books in Major Heist
A summary of the January 30 theft in London (that could have been a James Bond plot).   

Though a month old now, this interesting news story popped up in the Times last December.  Harold Pinter, the Nobel Prize winning playwright, "borrowed" a first edition of a rare Samuel Beckett title from Bermondsey's Central Library... in 1950.  Sixty years later, the same book was discovered by the antiquarian firm Maggs Brothers, in London, while preparing a catalogue of Pinter's extensive book collection.