Wendy Cruise


Wendy Cruise
My bookselling career began in 1980 when, finishing a modern languages degree at London University, and trying to find a way of staying in London after graduation, I answered an advertisement for a German speaker at Quaritch.  Walking into the shop in Lower John Street I knew instantly that I had found what I wanted to do, although even I could not have guessed that I would stay for 32 years!

I began working in the Natural History and Science department, where I was lucky enough to cut my teeth on beautiful botanical books from the library of the New York Horticultural Society.   Later I moved to work with Nicholas Poole-Wilson in the Continental Books department, and gradually began to develop my interest in European literature from the 18th to the 20th century.  With typical generosity Milo Parmoor sent me to Salamanca for a month to learn Spanish, and a couple of years later to Florence, to learn Italian. 

In the early 1990s people began bringing Russian books into the shop, and so with Milo’s encouragement I returned to Linguarama … and began an exciting period dealing in Russian material just as a developing new market was opening up.  I was thrilled to have the opportunity of selling a collection of first editions of Pushkin, including even a complete Eugene Onegin in the original parts.  I subsequently also began dealing in Music, which has always been a personal interest and love.  In 2012 I decided to set up my own business, and began working from home in central London, where I continue to deal primarily in European literature, Russian books, and Music.


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