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A slice-of-life novel set in a bookshop in a South Korean neighbourhood, it’s about finding acceptance and comfort in your life – with a good dose of the healing power of books.
HWANG BO-REUM studied Computer Science and worked as a software engineer in Seoul, before leaving to become a writer. She is the author of several essay collections; I Read Every Day, I Tried Kickboxing for the First Time and This Distance is Perfect. Welcome to The Hyunam-dong Bookshop is her first novel, and was a bestseller in South Korea. SHANNA TAN is a Singaporean translator working from Korean, Chinese and Japanese into English. She was selected for two emerging literary translator mentorships in 2022, where she was mentored by Anton Hur and Julia Sanches. Her prose translations have appeared in The Southern Review, The Common, Azalea: Journal of Korean Literature & Culture and more.
Profound and healing … a beautiful story at its heart
*Book of the Month, Woman & Home*
An incredibly exciting debut novel. At once gentle and invigorating. I devoured it
*Sarah Crossan, author of Here is the Beehive*
This was a word of mouth Korean sensation when it was first published and now translated into English it isn’t hard to see why. This novel is both a balm for the soul and a glorious love letter to books and reading
*Top Fiction Pick, iPaper*
A story that embraces its sentimentality
Quirky… It’s a tale about community and finding comfort in the small things
A real love letter to reading... wonderful
Delightful, reflective and heart-warming … we challenge you not to fall in love with it
All readers who love books about books will fall in love with this charming story
This is a love letter to bookshops and to the people who find solace among their shelves … An absolutely charming novel that all bookworms will adore
'Love love love this book! Cosy, heart warming, wholesome...Will be recommending this to everyone. It makes me smile when I think about it!'
'Such a beautiful book, I adored the story and characters, The writing style was gorgeous. 100% recommend.'
'A love letter to books, bookshops and all who love them'
'Such a warm and cosy read! Was completely here for it...and the appreciation for books was magical'
'A heart-warming cosy read that makes you think about how important it is to be happy, and that we can all find a place to call ‘home’.'