The bookstores in London are incredible. I spent hours browsing at Skoob, Waterstones, Oxfam, London Review Bookshop, Foyles, Henry Pordes, Persephone, and some tiny shops whose names I didn’t notice. The very tiny shops (but none mentioned here) will gouge you with high prices.
I mailed a box of books to myself. I’ve been watching like a hawk for that box.
It arrived. It took a while to rip it open. Talk about tape! The cats watched with interest.
But what pleased me most? A Jane Eyre greeting card from the British Library, a facsimile of the cover of the 1889 edition published by George Routledge and Sons.
And I realize from a Jane Eyre point of view that a collection of cards might be better mementos than books.
I feel smug about my books, though. Honestly, I’ve never bought so many books at once. What a great collection! I don’t need any more books for a while. Do you see why I’m in Book-Buying Rehab????
I found some Viragos and Persephones, as you see in the closeup shot below.
Below are two other stacks, arranged on the cats’ rocking chair.
Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and Island
Hugh Fleetwood’s An Artist and a Magician
Emma Tennant’s The House of Hospitalities
Compton Mackenzie’s Extraordinary Women
Leonard Woolf’s The Village and the Jungle
Pat Barker’s Toby’s Room
Ronald Firbank’s Five Novels
And a replacement copy of Forster’s A Room with a View which I’d lost on the plane
3 Novels by Cesar Aira
G. B. Stern’s The Matriarch
Antidote to Venom by Freeman Wills Crofts
And now for the final picture. Only two in this stack are used: Beryl Bainbridge’s Mum and Mr. Armitage and Julien Green’s The Dark Journey. The Collected Poems & Drawings of Stevie Smith is a stunning book, but I realized after lugging it around London that hardcovers are too heavy for traveling. The same goes for The Christine Brooke-Rose Omnibus, an enormous paperback I’ve been looking for for ages and of course had to buy! Julian Barnes’s paperback, Keeping an Eye on Art, is exquisite. It is now available in the U.S.! Right after I bought it in the UK, of course. Oh well, I love all these books, and no regrets!