It all started with Pamela Frankau – I went in search and snapped up a copy of Sing for your Supper (I love the internet) – it arrived a few days later – and the act of buying it seemed to unleash the book buying demon in me.
Last week while at Croft Castle a National Trust property that I’ve been to before – I had a quick look in their second hand bookshop – honesty box on the wall type place. I found three books – but two, which I hadn’t time or internet to research, I have already decided are not my type of thing and are consigned to the bookcrossing box. They were two plain little hardbacks by Naomi Jacob – who might be a tiny bit romancy for my liking. The third book is pictured with the rest of the haul I bought at the weekend.
On Saturday three friends and I (one of whom is Liz from Adventures in Reading Writing and working from home) – spent a very pleasant afternoon at Astley Book Farm. It was my first trip there; it won’t be my last – but I may need to wait a while before going back. I’m not a driver, so I’m always grateful for having friends and relatives who do – it makes getting to out of the way places possible. I really can’t believe I hadn’t heard of this place until recently.
There’s a ten-bob barn – where everything is 50p – all the books in there are shelved randomly – no organised sections, nothing alphabetised, it made me a bit panicky – you could spend hours looking and miss something amazing. There were birds nesting, above our heads, cheeping loudly, I expect we were disturbing their slumbers. Here I found:
His Master’s Voice by Ivy Litvinov – I was unsure of this – never having read Ivy Litvinov before – but worth the risk at 50p.
Over the Mountains by Pamela Frankau – it’s the third in a series – but I think (hope) that Sing for your Supper is the first – investigation needed there, a brilliant find though spotted by Liz.
An Advent Calendar – Shena Mackay – I remember dimly but with fondness a book I read of hers years ago called Orchard on Fire.
The main barn is enormous, so many books – all organised this time into categories, and alphabetical order.
It’s funny how sometimes books by certain authors start throwing themselves at your feet. While at that little bookshop at Croft Castle last week, I came across a tiny little hardback of Berlin Hotel by Vicki Baum, whose novel Grand Hotel I read recently. In the comments of my review of that novel someone recommended that book to me. So I was further delighted to come across two more Baum novels at Astley Book Farm
Danger from Deer and The Mustard Seed. I rather liked the vintage covers.
I was spoilt for choice when it came to Virago greens – I could have bought more.
I have to confess that it is possible I already own a couple of these – my tbr bookcase is so overfull I haven’t been able to check yet. The two I’m unsure about are Nina Bawden books, for some reason I am likely to buy multiple copies of her book s and Mollie Keane books – I can never remember which I have.
The Third Miss Symons by F M Mayor
John Brown’s Body – A L Barker
Family Money – Nina Bawden
Told by an Idiot – Rose Macaulay
The Caravaners – Elizabeth von Arnim
Sights Unseen – Kaye Gibbons
Eileen Foster – Kaye Gibbons
The Birds on the Trees – Nina Bawden.
Finally I found a lovely copy of The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh, which I am saving for the 1947 club in October.
So a marvellous book buying time was had by all – and then there is a lovely coffee shop – cake, scones, teacakes – go perfectly with books.