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Following the recent closure of Stray’s Books in Newark I wish to pay tribute to all the staff who have worked there, but in particular to Karen Dowler, who worked there longer than any.

Quiet, but highly efficient, coupled with an extensive knowledge of the book trade, Karen epitomised all that was best in an independent book shop.

She always relished the challenge of tracking down the unusual title or obscure, long out-of-print books, invariably with great success.

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