Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Kindle Price: £1.15
includes VAT*
* Unlike print books, digital books are subject to VAT.
Read this title for free. Learn more
Read for £0.00
with Kindle Unlimited
OR

These promotions will be applied to this item:

Some promotions may be combined; others are not eligible to be combined with other offers. For details, please see the Terms & Conditions associated with these promotions.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

I Murdered My Library (Kindle Single) by [Grant, Linda]
Kindle App Ad

I Murdered My Library (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition

4.2 out of 5 stars 78 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
£1.15

Length: 28 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled

Kindle Unlimited
Kindle Unlimited
Enjoy unlimited access to over 1 million titles and thousands of audiobooks on any device for £7.99 a month, including this one. Learn more

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1280 KB
  • Print Length: 28 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K6JO15A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 78 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #96,257 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images or tell us about a lower price?


Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 May 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
When author Linda Grant was moving home, she had to take a long, hard look at the library of books she had built up over a lifetime. As she muses, “you cannot have a taste for minimalist decor if you seriously read books.” So much of this short book resonated with me, as I had also recently reached the point where books stopped furnishing my rooms and started taking over my house. Like Grant I was a bookish child who, “preferred above all else, as I still do, to stay indoors and read.” This book takes us through Grant’s early love of books and she recalls how books taught her everything – when first living alone as a student, for example, she turned to a cookbook for advice. There seems nothing that books cannot teach you – they are company, friends and a place to retreat. Yet, the author admits that she came eventually to hate these books which her estate agent looked at with such desperation; seeing not beloved friends but clutter and mess. They were heavy, dirty, dusty and the font size was too small. Her kindle, by comparison, was small, tactile and simple...

Books do certainly define a person’s identity. Like Grant, anyone who steps through my front door asks that question, “have you read all these books?!” They offer comfort and reassurance and, if you are a serious reader, you cannot help pass a bookshop without going in – it is an addiction. Like Grant I have recently also ‘murdered’ my library – ridding myself of hundreds of books. Anything which can be brought on kindle was ruthlessly recycled and now – although I still have a lot of books by most people’s standards – I do have a lot less. So I empathised completely with Grant’s feelings of desperation to rid herself of these books and yet her guilt over doing so. This is an entertaining read, full of humour and warmth.
Read more ›
Comment 19 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I am going through a similar process, downsizing, three quarters of the way through my life, hopefully. The change in attitude towards books, which has happened during our lifetime is extremely difficult to process and is written about here so movingly. Where have all the books gone? Can we exist with out them? Thank goodness for e-readers and writers who can engage us.
Comment 12 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By Claretta VINE VOICE on 27 May 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I've enjoyed LInda Grant's novels and this sounded like great fun - a writer musing on the dispersal of her huge collection of books. It's very short, and really there is nothing much to it; there is the usual stuff about much-loved childhood books, and a nice section about her collection of Penguins, and some musings on the Kindle and what it means for bookshops, but it's all disappointingly trite and superficial. Of course, as it's by Linda Grant, it's beautifully written, but it reads like something that was dashed off in a couple of afternoons when she couldn't get on with her latest novel.
3 Comments 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is Ok. It comes across much like long blog post. Given that a decent coffee is getting on for £3 it seems churlish to complain about paying a pound to read it, but blog posts do tend to be free.

I think I'd feel more charitable if, through her experience she felt able to share some pearls of wisdom for those of us facing the same dilemma, but she doesn't. She muses on her situation, throws in a few anecdotes and suddenly it's all over - so suddenly in fact, that I didn't realise I'd finished it until I turned the next page and found myself here being asked to review it. Ultimately it reminds me of a well written women's magazine article where the writer calls out "isn't it awwwful?" and we all chorus back "oooh, I knoooowww".

The telling comment is that she's so disturbed by the whole process and outcome that she can't get back to writing, so she's writing this instead. I suspect her publisher phoned her with a deadline reminder of sudden curative effect, but it would have been a more satisfying read if she'd stayed with it long enough to have added even one helpful insight to a dilemma faced by many of us.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Linda Grant had to downsize her library before a move to a smaller flat. She describes what the physical books mean and meant to her, and how she decided what to discard and what to keep; it's all told in an amusing way, but you feel that there is a sorrow behind all this, like a bereavement.

I too have this dread, moving from a house where several rooms are entirely booklined to something more suitable for my approaching sans tooth and everything decline. But, if I can't have a duplex penthouse, then I will have a bungalow in the country, just large enough for me. But, in the garden there will be a large portacabin with all my treasures in it.
Comment 6 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 May 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I loved reading this little book and found myself nodding my head and agreeing with just about everything the author said. If you have loved books and reading all your life and always bought books then you will eventually find yourself in a situation where books threaten to take over your house. There comes a point where hard decisions need to be made about buying a bigger house - with all the costs that entails - or downsizing your personal library to fit the space you have available for it.

The author, having lived in the same place for many years, decided to move house and as she was moving somewhere smaller she had to reduce her personal library to something like sensible proportions. A difficult and heart breaking task for any book lover and something I have done several times in my life. It does feel like murder as, to a book lover, all books have associations and the author shares some of hers with the reader.

If you're interested in finding out how other bookworms feel and think about their books then read this. You will find you have much in common with the author and you may also pick up some good recommendations for books you might want to read. At least with e-book readers space ceases to be a physical problem and anyone can happily keep a library of many thousands of volumes.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

click to open popover