Christian Aid Book Sale haul

Last week the St Andrew’s and St George’s Church in Edinburgh held their Christian Aid book sale, it had been cancelled for the last few years due to the Covid pandemic, so we were quite keen to get there, something different to do for a change. Saturday was actually sunny and quite warm – for Edinburgh – and the sale was very busy, they have a lot of tables full of books outside the church, it felt quite safe but we still wore face masks. Inside the church was even busier, that’s where they have the more unusual or rare books, so they tend to be more expensive. Outside it was £3 for hardbacks and £1 or £2 for paperbacks. This was the 50th anniversary of their first book sale there, I spoke to the woman who was the convenor and had been at the first sale which had been teeny wee!

Booksale Books

Anyway, my haul was:

1. The Diary of a Farmer’s Wife 1796-1797.
2. The Unjust Skies by R.F. Delderfield
3. The Small Army by Michael Marshall
4. Visitors from England by Elisabeth Kyle
5. Spiderweb by Penelope Lively
6. An Orkney Tapestry by George Mackay Brown
7. Life and Work of the People of England (The Eighteenth Century) I bought it because of the cover!
8. Scottish Painting 1837 to the present
9. To Lie with Lions by Dorothy Dunnett

Jack bought one book by William McIlvanney and Ian Rankin. That’s about the normal book buying ratio for us.

I forgot to put An Orkney Tapestry in the photo since I’m reading it at the moment and it wasn’t in the pile.

More book purchases

These are the other books that I bought a couple of weekends ago at the annual book sale.

More Books

1. The Monarch of the Glen by Compton Mackenzie
2. Patrick Butler for the Defence by John Dickson Carr
3. Nella Last’s Peace – The post-war diaries of Housewife, 49
4. Sing For Your Supper by Pamela Frankau
5. Cousin Kate by Georgette Heyer
6. The Silent Traveller in London by Chiang Yee
7. The Romanovs by Robert K. Massie
8. Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

Not a bad haul I think. I’ve already read Bring Up the Bodies of course, as has Jack but he spotted it at the book sale and asked me if I wanted it for our shelves, as we have Wolf Hall. I loved both those books and I can see myself re-reading them at some point in the future, so it was added to my pile.

I loved Chiang Yee’s Traveller in Edinburgh book so decided to buy the London one although it doesn’t have much in the way of illustrations, I’m putting that down to London being a lot less scenic than Edinburgh is!

I loved Robert K. Massie’s book Nicholas and Alexandra so I have high hopes for The Romanovs – The Final Chapter

I’ve enjoyed a couple of Pamela Frankau’s books, Compton Mackenzie’s and the others. I know I’ll love the Nella Last diaries, but I’ll have to get around to reading her wartime diaries soon.

Have you read any of these books?

Voltaire & Rousseau – a bookshop

We had a lovely day out in the west end of Glasgow yesterday. Even the weather was perfect, sunny and about 65 F/18C.

The west end is always a nostalgia trip for us as my husband was a student at Glasgow Uni for 7 years with me as the breadwinner for the last 3 of them.

But nowadays it means books, and as we hadn’t been to Voltaire & Rousseau for years we thought it was time we paid a visit. It isn’t the easiest place to get to and you really have to know that it is there as it is situated in Otago Lane, which is off Otago Street, about a 10 minute walk from Great Western Road.

As you can see it is a mixture of heaven and hell for book lovers. There are thousands of used/second-hand books and although they are divided into sections, the stock spills all over the place, making it quite difficult to navigate your way around them all. The proprietor doesn’t mind you taking photographs either.

I found it really frustrating that I couldn’t reach any of the lovely old leather bound classics, the books piled in front of those shelves blocked them all off. It’s amazing though because I do usually find something that I’ve been looking for there and I’m obviously not the only one as a young lad waved a book in front of my face excitedly telling me that he had found what he was looking for – a miracle he thought. It was Around the World in Eighty Days.

So if you are in Glasgow and you are into books take a stroll down Otago Lane and the nearby Thistle Books which is in Otago Street and is very different as everything is neat and organised, which is all very professional and as it should be, but somehow not as exciting an experience as Voltaire and Rousseau.