Recent Book Purchases

Books, Books, Books

Last weekend we drove north up to Inverness so that Jack could watch his beloved Dumbarton FC playing against Inverness Caledonian Thistle. Don’t ask – it was a disaster!

Anyway, on the road up we stopped off at the fairly famous bookshop at Pitlochry railway station. I was a wee bit miffed as they didn’t have many of the old hardbacks that I’ve been lucky in getting in previous trips there. However I did buy:

Merivel A Man of His Time by Rose Tremain – a 2012 paperback
Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster – a 1929 hardback
The Easter Party by V. Sackville-West – a 1953 hardback

From Priory books just off Pitlochry High Street I bought:
Pastoral by Nevil Shute – a 1950 hardback

A quick trip to Dingwall, a small town north of Inverness resulted in us discovering TWO second-hand book-shops there. I was flabbergasted and left wondering if the long hard winters up in the Highlands mean that there are a lot of keen readers around the area.

Picaresque Books and Galerie Fantoosh, Dingwall

One of the shops has the wonderful name of Picaresque Books and Galerie Fantoosh as you can see from the photo. (Fantoosh is a Scottish word meaning overly fancy.) The shop is a mixture of old books and works of art in the shape of paintings, pottery and jewellery – it’s a lovely shop with very friendly owners.

Anyway, I bought:

Novel Notes by Jerome K Jerome – an 1893 hardback
Reputation for a Song by Edward Grierson – a green Penguin crime from 1955
Cork in the Doghouse by Macdonald Hastings – a green Penguin crime from 1961

Have you read any of these ones?

I came home feeling slightly disappointed by my haul, which I think you’ll agree must mean that I’m getting positively greedy in my old age!

16 thoughts on “Recent Book Purchases

  1. Oh, wowee–I have a very, very old copy of Pastoral with dustjacket, but to be frank, I don’t know where it is at the moment, except I never would have gotten rid of it. Perhaps it’s in one of the boxes which we have never unpacked since our move here 13 years ago. You know, I simply loved that book and the romance within. Read it decades ago, but it was a favorite. Nevil Shute is a master. I really should read all of his novels. On the Beach is one I reread on a regular basis.

    • Judith,
      I’ll read Pastoral very soon then as you enjoyed it so much. I still have a few of Shute’s books that I haven’t got around to reading although I’ve had them a year or so. I’m wondering if we all have boxes of unpacked books, or books that we just can’t fit into the house.

  2. I love Daddy-Long-Legs! It’s a lovely college story, and a sweet romance. And Pastoral is a great World War II story. I was very happy to find a good hardcover copy myself! (though mine is missing its dust jacket.)

    • Lisa,
      I know that a blogpost I read recently was about Daddy-Long-Legs, and I had been under the impression that it was a book for small children before then. I think it must have been the use of the word ‘Daddy’ that made me think that. I read it almost as soon as I got home from Inverness and really enjoyed it.

  3. Daddy-Long-Legs! That is an old favorite of mine. I’ll have to dig out my copy and reread it. I see from the comments that Pastoral is a WWII story and since I feel compelled to buy every WWII story I encounter I have a feeling a copy of that might be making its way to me very soon.

    • Jennifer,
      I’ve read Daddy-Long-Legs already and I’m now hoping to find the rest of her books. I’m the same as you, drawn to a WWII setting. I always though it was because my mother was always telling me stories about it – instead of fairy tales! Of course she was a young woman during the war, but you won’t have that for an excuse! I hope you can find a nice copy of Pastoral.

  4. I’ve read Daddy-Long-Legs, may still have a copy; Pastoral is among my Nevil Shutes.
    You are lucky to find the Novel Notes by Jerome K Jerome – that’s the age and type of book I enjoy.
    Have you ever read any W.W. Jacobs books? short stories, late Victorian-Edwardian era, quaint and amusing.

    • Valerie,
      I was pleased to find the Novel Notes as like you I love nice old books. It cost me £8 so was the most expensive by far but his books always seem to cost around that amount.
      I haven’t read any W.W. Jacobs books but have often seen them, I must give him a go. Although having said that I was haunted by Dornford Yates books that were everywhere I went, and then I’m sure you mentioned he was worth reading and since then I haven’t seen any at all!

  5. I read Daddy-Long-Legs as a child. I’m curious about the Jerome K. Jerome book. I’ve read his ‘Three Men …’ books and loved them. I wonder if this one’s a funny one, too.

    • Joan,
      I’ve only read his ‘Three Men’ books too. I have two identical very old copies of Three Men in a Boat, but when I picked up a copy in a bookshop just to see how much they were charging for it – I was amazed to see J’s grandfather’s name and address inside it. Someone must have borrowed it from him and never returned it I’m sure – about 100 years ago! Of course I had to buy that one too.

  6. I loved Daddy-Long-Legs as a child! I don’t know how I’d like it now–I don’t enjoy books where the romantic relationship features a man who knows something all along that the woman discovers at the end. Too much of a power imbalance.

    • Niranjana,
      I read it quickly and enjoyed it. I’m sure I would have felt like you if it had been a more modern book, but I’m quite forgiving when it’s an old book – not that that makes the imbalance any better I suppose.

  7. I agree with your earlier posters: looks like a very good haul to me! I would be most interested in the Rose Tremain simply because I’m keen to catch up with her work. Those lovely old books look so nice in your photo!

    • Sandra,
      I haven’t read anything by Tremain but I read an article about her recently and she seemed nice so I thought I should read some of her books.

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