So regular readers of this blog will know that The Physicist spends a fair amount of time up in Lancaster, a lovely although damp town in the North-West of England. When I get a few days off in succession, I try to go north myself to save him a train journey.
Lancaster has a town market on Wednesdays and Saturdays, where stalls sell everything from cheap pet accessories to crepes to beautiful home made fragrant soaps to books. There are two book stalls – one focuses more on quality antique books – hardbacks and antique editions. The other is a £1/book, boxes on the table type stall where one scavenges through the boxes at great speed. Unsurprisingly, given my penchant for very cheap pre-loved books, it is the latter which receives the majority of my custom (see previous escapades one and two). I got up to Lancaster on Saturday after a horrendous drive and headed straight for the market. £10 lighter and 10 books heavier, I was greatly cheered. The books in question are:
Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafiri; What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty; Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson; The Road Home by Rose Tremain; The Private Lives of Pippa Lee by Rebecca Miller; The Savage Garden by Mark Mills; Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters; The Rose of Sebastopol by Katherine McMahon; The Associate by John Grisham; The House at Riverton by Kate Morton. Oh, and a cup of Twinings fruit tea on the left there.
Some of them were impulse buys (Savage Garden), some because of an author I’ve heard a lot about but never read (Crocodile, Road Home), some from authors I have loved (Associate, Started Early), some because I have heard lots about them and must have a copy for myself which I might get around to at some point (Lolita in Tehran, Alice, Pippa Lee, Rose). And one (House at Riverton) for a friend who has been hunting a copy of this for months on Bookmooch and I see it all the time in charity shops/markets.
Anyone read any of these?