A Book Buying Weekend

I know I’m supposed to be on a book buying ban until I make a big dent in my TBR pile, but when I went into that bookshop in Callander on Saturday I came across an old copy of an E.M. Delafield so of course the ban went straight out of the window. I didn’t even know that there was a sequel to The Diary of a Provincial Lady, but there is and I have it – The Provincial Lady Goes Further. It was first published in 1932 but mine is a 1942 reprint and it has nice clear print. The chap in the bookshop (see photo on previous post) thought that he had THREE books by Angela Thirkell, then he discovered that they had been sold. What a disappointment!

On Sunday I went to a branch of The Works. I was looking for Mary Stewart’s The Ivy Tree but they didn’t have it. They had The Gabriel Hounds but I read that one years ago so I didn’t bother buying it. I’m feeling quite virtuous about that.

Green Darkness cover
The Secrets of the Chess Machine cover

However, not very virtuous because they did have a copy of Green Darkness by Anya Seton and I bought that. I’m fairly sure that I haven’t read that one. I did read and enjoy Katherine – way back in the year dot, and I know I can borrow that one from my local library if I want to read it again. Green Darkness was first published in 1972 so I don’t know how I missed it.

I also bought The Secrets of the Chess Machine by Robert Lohr, a German author, and it’s based on the true story of a legendary invention. It’s set in Vienna in 1770. I like silhouettes so I was attracted by the cover of this book, also the fact that it had a 49p sticker on it! Well if it turns out to be a duffer I haven’t wasted much money.

My husband bought The Infinities by John Banville and Songs of the Dying Earth which is edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois. It’s a book of short stories by various science fiction writers in honour of Jack Vance.

And a book which we’ll both read is Maritime Scotland by Brian Lavery. This isn’t the cover of the one which we bought, ours has lovely sailing ships and a very grand looking building on it, unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be any mention of the painting which was used for the cover either.

Maritime Scotland  cover

That is how the TBR pile grows faster than I can read them! Has anyone read any of these books?

4 thoughts on “A Book Buying Weekend

  1. It’s guaranteed that the best books will show up just when you institute a book-buying ban!
    Oh, and I’m running a Mary Stewart giveaway on my blog, for any Stewart of the reader’s choice. So if you’d like to add The Ivy Tree to your TBR, do check it out!

  2. I haven’t read any of these, but they sound great! I haven’t bought any books in a while so I enjoy reading about others’ indulgences. Thanks!

    • Anbolyn,

      I used to work in libraries years ago, happy days! I didn’t buy many books then as I was surrounded by them. Now I feel I should buy them in case I don’t see them again, especially when they are really cheap. I’ve so many books to read though so I really shouldn’t even go into bookshops, or the library!

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