Trawling Swindon’s Used Bookshops

Used Book Haul

It’s funny that once you have in mind a list of books you want, they then start to appear everywhere. This was the case for me when I had a tutorial in Swindon on Saturday. I had a couple of hours to spare before my class so took a wander around the town. Swindon, I’m sorry to say is one of my least favourite places in the world. If you’ve been there, you’ll know what I mean. Say no more. But it does have a couple of redeeming features – especially the few used bookshops.

I bought eight books that day. Not bad for a couple of hours eyeing dusty bookshelves and getting tilt-neck ache. I was thrilled to find a pristine unread copy of Moby Dick for £1.25, and a vintage penguin Rachel Carson for the same price. De Quincey’s Confessions is a book we are studying next year and I’m looking forward to reading The Tulip – the story of a flower. Goethe’s travel journal will be a welcome addition to my around the world in 80 books list and The End of Absence looks like an interesting topical read.

All in all not bad for a day’s book buying – now its time to get reading. I’ve almost finished Anne of Green Gables, so I’ll write a post about that soon. What are you reading right now?

Used Book Haul

16 thoughts on “Trawling Swindon’s Used Bookshops

  1. I must say, that is a very impressive stack of books! Browsing in bookshops is one of my favorite ways to pass the time–I spent Sunday afternoon book shopping.: ) Right now, I’m reading the Russian novel Laurus, by Eugene Vodolazkin.

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  2. I have been meaning to get hold of Thomas De Quincey after it was the feature one week on that BBC4 program The Secret Life Of Books, and John Cooper Clark was walking and talking about it about it in the Lake District, looking like a windblown skinny crow. Looks fascinating!

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