It’s not often that I do one of these posts these days, but I had two recent great charity shop visits. Please note – I refuse to use the words ‘book haul’ to describe my purchases, it’s an ugly term. The word ‘haul’ to me infers a bit of a chore, which buying books can never be!
Now, one of these piles cost me £3, the other £4.50 – can you guess which is which?
Pile the left:
- The Voices by F R Tallis – been meaning to read him for ages. He’s a clinical psychologist who writes psychological dramas and more. This one’s set in that hot summer of 1976, and a couple with a young child move into a Victorian house which makes noises… Oo er!
- The Closed Circle by Jonathan Coe – Sequel to the Rotters Club following the same characters around the millennium. (Middle England, his latest reviewed here, did the same for Brexit). I used to have a copy of this, but it’s lost, so I’ve replaced it.
- Peculiar Ground by Lucy Hughes-Hallett – dual timelines, 1660s and the 1950s, a country house, secret gardens, hiding in the forest, and a weekend of ‘erotic entaglements’. Should be fun.
- How We Live and Why We Die: The Secret Lives of Cells by Lewis Wolpert – published in 2009. Doubtless developmental biologist Wolpert will educate me on the subject.
- Things My Mother Never Told Me by Blake Morrison – Having written a memoir about his father, Morrison turned to his mother for this volume, to tell her story.
- Superfreakonomics by Steven D Levitt & Stephen J Dubner – more bold and funny stories about all kinds of controversial topics to make you think. I haven’t read the first volume, but have heard a lot about it.
- The Anatomy School by Bernard MacLaverty – coming of age in late 1960s Belfast. Looking forward to reading this.
- Before the Year Dot by June Brown – I have actually seen June Brown on stage supporting Judy Dench (in Rodney Ackland’s Absolute Hell at the National), so I know there’s more to her than Eastenders‘ Dot Cotton, (not on our screens at the moment – she is 92 and suffering from macular degeneration).
Pile the right:
- A Nail, A Rose by Madeleine Bourdouxhe – translated by Faith Evans. I couldn’t believe my luck at finding this, it’s only been out a couple of months. I loved Bourdouxhe’s other books (see here).
- Pastoral by Nevil Shute – WWII romance between a flight captain and a WAAF officer. I read this in my teens – great that Vintage had brought Shute back into print.
- Game for Five by Marco Malvaldi – translated by Howard Curtis. Four old times meet in a bar and try to solve a murder. First in a series – Goody!
Now which should I read first???
By the way, the left pile cost £3 and the right £4.50. The left coming from the charity warehouse (supporting SSAFA) down the road from me – if you persevere you can find good books amongst all the dross there, the right pile was from my favourite charity shop in Abingdon town centre.