Meet the Team

James Hallgate

James Hallgate

James has been dealing in rare books since 1991 when, aged 16, he attended bookfairs with his father. He founded Lucius Books in 1993 and consolidated his various careers (restaurateur, artist, print media distribution operative) into full time bookselling the following year. In 2014 he was appointed to rare books expert at BBC Radio York where he continues to offer biblio advice on a quarterly live phone-in.
Monica Polisca

Monica Polisca

In 2010, Monica graduated in Literature and Foreign Languages from Urbino University (Italy) with English and German literature as main subjects. Her final dissertation was on Shakespeare and his works. Monica’s interests include Italian and English literature. She moved to York in 2010 and joined Lucius Books in 2011.
James Allen

James Allen

James Allen has been a bookseller for three decades. He founded Red Snapper Books, of Cecil Court in London, and is now based in Antwerp, Belgium. He has been a consultant to Lucius for five years, specialising in photography, fashion, counterculture and beat- both sorts.
Althea Sylvia Thomas-Hall

Althea Sylvia Thomas-Hall

Althea spent 30 years as a well-paid financier in the world of banking and finance before starting at Lucius Books.
A trained story-teller and collector of black literature and folk tales, working at Lucius Books brings together her passion for books and the stories within and behind them.
“My heritage and culture and the ‘love’ of my Family/Tribe remain my foundation, they are the cornerstones in my life”.

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