On Saturday I was in London to watch Judi Dench on stage in Peter and Alice – which I will write about soon – but whilst I was there, I also bought some books… well, in actual fact I bought one book, and exchanged a lot. I took a big bag of unwanted books to Notting Hill Book & Comic Exchange (and loitered outside until they opened at the curious time of 10.25am), was given a fistful of vouchers, and bought this pile of books…
From the top down…
Down The Rabbit Hole – Juan Pablo Villalobos
Somebody is responsible for this being on my radar… Simon Savidge, is it you?
Screwtop Thompson – Magnus Mills
I don’t think I even knew about this Mills novel, but it’s a lovely edition, and I’m happy to add to my pile of unread Mills!
The Fifth Child – Doris Lessing
My book group will be reading this later in the year – the only Lessing book I’ve read before was Memoirs of a Survivor, and jury is very much out…
Knole & The Sackvilles – Vita Sackville-West
I have read through this in the Bodleian, and I do hanker after the beautiful first edition I read there, but this paperback will do for now.
Twelves Day – Vita Sackville-West
Who knew VSW wrote travel literature? I certainly didn’t – but now I do.
1066 and All That – W.C. Sellar & R.J. Yeatman
This has been on my Amazon wishlist for many years, and I finally nabbed a copy when I could.
Young Anne – Dorothy Whipple
This was the one I bought, in an Oxfam in Angel! Quite a coup, since it doesn’t seem to be available anywhere online – and I nearly lost it to the lovely man behind the counter, who hadn’t spotted it. We had a quick chat about Whipple, Persephone, and Stella Gibbons – excellent customer service!
The Charlotte Perkins Gilman Reader
I’ve read The Yellow Wallpaper, naturally, but there is plenty more to read, it seems!
My Brilliant Career – Miles Franklin
Since I own the sequel, I figure I should get this one too! (And, er, maybe read one or other of them sometime.)
Poor Caroline – Winifred Holtby
Anderby Wold – Winifred Holtby
One of these days I’m actually going to read something by Winifred Holtby, you just see if I don’t.
Over to you, as always! Let me know if you’ve read any of these – or if any grab your fancy. I certainly think it was an impressive haul for a net total of £3.99 and a bagful of books I didn’t want!