One Pence Wonders

I should admit from the outset – I’ve wholesale stolen this idea from The Dabbler, where they occasionally feature reviews of books which are available from a penny (plus postage) on Amazon. I thought I’d collect a whole bunch of ideas for 1p shopping – more affordable to indulge in for yourself whilst doing your Christmas shopping, perhaps?

To offset this, since I know some people aren’t absolutely certain about Amazon, I’ll also mention something which was emailed to me today – Better World Books, which has opened a UK site for selling books, and contributes money to literacy initiatives.

And if you’re concerned about authors getting the money themselves, feel free to use these suggestions to buy new copies of the books.

Caveats over; back to 1p books… I’m afraid this is only for the UK Amazon site. They might be cheap in dollars or euros or… no, these are the only currencies I can think of. Pesatas don’t exist any more, do they? OH! Swiss Francs! Now I’m out.

I’m not going to litter the post with links, so I’ll just say that full reviews of these books are mostly available, just click on the relevant author on the drop-down menu over to the

8 thoughts on “One Pence Wonders

  • December 8, 2010 at 8:02 pm
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    I love the idea Simon, tempred to pinch it from you. Not so much for christmas presents but just a great way to get recommendations for books cheap enough to take a chance on.

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  • December 8, 2010 at 8:09 pm
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    I remember reading and loving Mrs Miniver years ago. I wonder if I still have my copy? Thanks for reminding me of it.

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  • December 8, 2010 at 8:11 pm
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    How wonderful! Not sure I can shop from the UK Amazon, but then, I've never experimented to find out. I like the broad range of your list, both in subject matter and time of publication, but the only one I've read is Tom's Midnight Garden — a family favorite here, and I "highly second" your recommendation. :)
    Hope you are getting lots of rest.

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  • December 8, 2010 at 10:21 pm
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    I just have to chime in and say how much I loved "Tom's Midnight Garden" growing up. I'm glad you mentioned it!

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  • December 9, 2010 at 10:08 am
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    Great fun post Simon! I can't believe you can actually buy anything – and certainly not books – for 1 p!

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  • December 9, 2010 at 11:25 am
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    Those in America can get books for 1c so they have access to books just as cheap :-)

    It is also worth knowing that you can get books even cheaper on http://www.play.com/

    I'd like to add The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean Auel to your list. I love it!!

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  • December 9, 2010 at 6:13 pm
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    Just added Love and Friendship to my wish list! Thanks for the 1p list!

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  • December 11, 2010 at 6:20 pm
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    I'm a huge fan of Better World Books and their literacy work. We can get them in the states through Alibris, and what's more, they frequently get here faster than books sent from somewhere else in the country.

    I love that you added Lolly Willows, a book that isn't given the attention it deserves, I think. And thank you, because you've given me several more books to look out for!

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