Welcome to R.A Gekoski
Who we are
Established in 1982, R. A. Gekoski Booksellers is one of the world’s leading specialist dealers in modern English, Irish and American literature and archives. Our services include valuations, auction commissions, as well as institutional placement of significant archives.
We specialise in first editions, association copies, manuscripts and archives, and artworks with literary associations. We are particularly interested in late nineteenth and early twentieth century Irish literature (Yeats and Wilde); twentieth century modernism (Conrad, Pound, Joyce, Eliot, Beckett).
We are members of ABA and ILAB and exhibit at the London International Antiquarian Book Fair.
Our services include valuations, auction commissions, as well as institutional placement of significant archives.
We are members of ABA a nd ILAB and exhibit at the London International Antiquarian Bookfair. Dates and how to find us will be posted here closer to the time.
Forthcoming appearances and events
Belinda and I are blessedly in New Zealand for the next months, or until there is a compelling reason to return to the UK. There are real live literary festivals and events here! I will be appearing as follows:
- April 7, Havelock North. New Zealand launch for the paperback of Darke Matter. Duart House, Duart Road, at 6:00.
- April 14. Christchurch WORD Patrons Event Talk (by invitation) 5.30.
- Tūranga Christchurch Library, at 5:30.
- Auckland Literary Festival Appearances (see their website for full details)
- 12 April LITERARY LUNCH at 12-2.15 pm -@ Masu Restaurant.
- 13 April LITERARY LUNCH at 12-2.15 pm -@ Masu Restaurant.
- 14 April. Talk regarding Darke Matter with 3.30-4.30 – Heartland Bank Room, Aotea Centre
- 16 April Kate’s Klassics: Four writers talk about a book they either like or dislike. I’m doing Hamlet, and feel both ways about it. Heartland Bank Room at 3:30.
Further events will be added
RICK’S NEW NOVEL, published May 14, 2020.
James Darke is dreading the first family Christmas without his wife Suzy. Engulfed by grief, his grudging preparations are interrupted by a persistent knock at the door. Questions about the circumstances of his wife’s death force him to confront the outside world and what really happened to her.
Isolated, angry and diminished, James soon faces a crisis both legal and psychological. It will test his resolve and threaten his freedom.
Darke Matter is a brilliant, mordant examination of the nature and obligations of love. Both immensely sad and extremely funny, the story wrestles with one of the great moral issues of our time.
The surprising sequel to Darke…
“It’s as clever, witty and perceptive as its predecessor, and Gekoski writes movingly about love, loss , and grief, while handling the difficult issue of assisted dying with considerable balance and finesse. Beautifully written, engrossing and heartbreakingly funny.” (Mail on Sunday)
“It’s hard to fault Gekoski’s writing, or the splendid character he has created. This book is even more stylish, funny and daring than his last…. the central, delicate issue of assisted dying is given a fully rounded perspective by a range of intelligent voices…. the clarity and energy of Darke Matter fill you with light.” (The Times)
“a winningly sweet and sour grumpy-old-man comedy mixing knock-about gags with heart-swelling tenderness.” (Daily Mail)
“…harrowing, funny, tender and nearly always beautifully written” (Sunday Times)
“a supremely accomplished tragicomic sequel…..more ambitious than its predecessor, and the author pulls it off in style.” (The Economist)
“Gekoski writes with pace, wit and a lovely eye for telling detail . . . his command of the issue of assisted dying is masterly . . . a fine read. It should go straight into the A-Level English syllabus as a set text” (Jewish Chronicle)
Latest News & Highlights
An interview with RNZ – 20th April 2021
An interview with Business Desk – 18th April 2021
Interview with LA Review of Books – 13th August 2020
Rick Gekoski interview with The London Magazine – July 1st 2020
On Darke Matter, scepticism and reading for pleasure.
An individually priced catalogue of rare Heaney items
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