Road Trip Book Haul

October 2011 books

I suppose there are worse addictions to be afflicted with but I just couldn’t stop myself from hitting every second-hand bookshop which I found on our journey from Fife to East Anglia. My excuse is that I think we’re going to suffer yet another horrendous winter and if we’re snowed/iced in again I’ll need plenty of reading material, but if I’m honest, I’m never going to be in danger of running out of books to read. I think they just about all come under the category of comfort reads and they’re all fairly ancient, the most recent publication is Paul Auster’s New York Trilogy and even that’s fairly old – 1985, and probably isn’t a comfort read but I’m sure I’ll enjoy it. So this is what I bought and I have to say that I don’t feel too naughty because I could have bought a lot more …

The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster
The Making of a Marchioness by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Setons by O. Douglas
The Crowded Street by Winifred Holtby
Going It Alone by Michael Innes
Voices in Summer by Rosamunde Pilcher
An Academic Question by Barbara Pym
An Unsuitable Attachment by Barbara Pym
Crampton Hodnet by Barbara Pym
Ankle Deep by Angela Thirkell
Close Quarters by Angela Thirkell
Growing Up by Angela Thirkell
Enter Sir Robert by Angela Thirkell
Summer by Edith Wharton

… and last but not least Crime Stories from The Strand which is a lovely Folio book of short stories by crime writers such as Conan Doyle, G.K. Chesterton, A.E.W. Mason and many more. I was especially chuffed to get the four Thirkells, three of which I bought from a stall in Cambridge market, her books don’t often turn up in Scotland for some reason, strange really as she’s at least half Scottish.

I’m hoping to have sorted through some photos from our trip by tomorrow.

14 thoughts on “Road Trip Book Haul

  1. Gosh, you did well there! The Crowded Street is wonderful, I hope you enjoy it. And what a mass of Thirkells! I am a big fan of Barbara Pym too and think that Crampton Hodnet is one of her most underated books.

    • Verity,
      Oh good, I’ve only read South Riding and that was years ago but I did really enjoy it, looking forward to The Crowded Street. I read a lot of Barbara Pym books in the past but I’m sure I haven’t read these ones. Now I just need the time to read them all!

    • FleurFisher,
      I know, I just couldn’t believe it when I saw all the Thirkell books on a market stall. I don’t know if it was just great luck or they are much easier to find in England.

    • Anbolyn,
      It was good fun although sadly there aren’t so many small bookshops nowadays. It was a real nostalgia trip for us, ending up in the town which we moved to in the late 1970s, there were a lot of changes!

    • Pearl,
      Let me guess – Edith Wharton and Paul Auster! I thought that you would have had to read Wharton for school, I think in some parts of the US they do. The rest are all dead Brits so fairly ancient books and quite difficult to get a hold of nowadays. I’m going through an archaic phase at the moment but sometimes I read SF as I have quite a lot of friends who write SF and I like to know what they’re writing is like.

  2. Close – Wharton and Pilcher (the latter because her books get turned into Lifetime TV movies.)

    I’m more into detective novels of late – Harlen Coben, “Richard Castle” (who is actually a fictional character in an American TV show – Castle, about a writer shadowing NYC detectives for material – the convention is interesting and whoever is ghosting the books is a great read) and the occasional Nelson DeMille (more political intrigues).

    I like them because they are good for a 5-hour flight and flying is when I do most of my reading.

    I have a private war ongoing with publishers that are ripping off electronic readers with higher prices than they charge for hard copy trade paper. It’s just ridiculous. But as a result, I’ve stopped reading some of my old favorites.

    I have a couple in my Kindle queue right now, with 4 more trips planned before year-end.

    • Pearl,
      I don’t have a Kindle and it amazes me that they can charge so much for the books, I don’t blame you for boycotting them.
      I read my first Pilcher fairly recently, she lives in nearby Dundee so I thought I should give her a go. I hadn’t even realised that a lot of her books have been on TV and she’s well known across the world, the Germans are big fans.
      I like detective novels but I’ve been reading mainly vintage ones. Ian Rankin is the only modern one I”ve read recently and Kate Atkinson too I suppose. I’ve heard of Harlen Coben but not Nelson DeMille, I quite fancy a political intrigue now and again.

  3. My sister turned me on to DeMille years ago – we were both big Ludlum fans before his work began to get derivative. I hate it when you wait anxiously for a new release and 2 chapters in start feeling like you’ve read it before!

    I really miss my sister – we had very similar taste in reading material, but she was more adventuresome than I, and always turned up new authors to love.

    Another friend recommend Rankin…must try him.

    • Pearl,

      I’ve had a look at the library catalogue and there are no books by DeMille in Fife! I’ll look out for him elsewhere. I know what you mean, that feeling of deja vu because they think they don’t have to try anymore and they’re writing on automatic.

      It’s great that you and your sister were so close though and you must have good memories of her, but it’s a shame that your daughter is so far away too. I’m not at all adventurous about books, they’re usually well tried and tested, because I hate giving up on books. I think you would really like Ian Rankin.

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