Project 24 – #11
I thought of Colin when I bought my eleventh book this year, because one of his (failed) missions in life is to stop me buying copies of books I already have. Well, I already have three other copies of this book… but it’s a personal favourite, and I don’t have this edition with this introduction, and… well, I don’t imagine I need to defend myself to you lot.
I bought it in the Albion Beatnik bookshop in Oxford, a lovely little shop which has both new and secondhand books (and, recently, a cafe – amazing how much they can fit in there). They shelve their new books by decade of publication, and even wrap up your purchases nicely:
But I will tease you no longer. The eleventh book I’ve bought this year is The Love-Child by Edith Olivier. I already have a couple Virago editions, and one from its first printing, but not this little gem – not only does it have a lovely dustjacket with an illustration by the Rex Whistler, it also has an introduction by Lord David Cecil. OH, it’s just lovely. And another lovely thing is that my camera has started doing its classy-closey-zoomy function again, after sulking for a year or more. It’s outlived several laptops, so I can’t get too cross with it.