I so seldom use the public library that I’ve never managed to join in Library Loot, the weekly everybody-join-in from Claire and Linda. It does inspire guilt in me that I’m not much of a library-goer, because I do want to celebrate libraries and encourage their use – but hundreds of unread books on my shelf discourage me. And, of course, battered old 1930s hardbacks aren’t the easiest things to find in public libraries – though they have proved very useful for my occasional Agatha Christie binges.
BUT today, dear reader, I came away with two books. I headed to Oxford Central Library after work, to see if I could borrow any graphic novels. The Making Of sparked me off wanting to read more, and I thought a try-before-you-buy situation would work well. Ideally I’d be able to browse the shop Peter mentions in the comments to yesterday’s post, Gosh! in London – but… it’s in London.
Oxford Central Library does have two sides of a bookcase devoted to graphic novels, which impressed me a lot. What didn’t impress me so much was the style of the graphic novels they had. Almost all of them were the comic book style that doesn’t appeal to me at all. Nothing remotely similar to the beautifully illustrated, soft and vibrant colours of Evens’ books. But I did grab one book which didn’t scream Batman at me. And it was…
The other book I borrowed isn’t a graphic novel; I found it when checking the Fiction shelf to see if they had any Brecht Evens books there (before I found the designated graphic novel section); I couldn’t resist the title How To Be a Public Author, and started flicking through it. It’s ‘by Francis Plug’, but is actually by Dan Ewen (hence being where Evens would have been) – a witty play on the Booker Prize, apparently. Plug goes about collecting signatures from famous authors, while writing a self-help book himself. It could be terrible, but it could be brilliant… has anybody read it?
Time will tell whether or not I manage to prioritise these books before they’re due back at the library, but… they both look intriguing, certainly, and at least I’ve done my bit for the statistics! Has anybody read either of them?