How I lost an Arm and a Leg: The Expensive Business of Buying Books in Thirsk

On a recent family get together in North Yorkshire, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to have a nose around Thirsk to see what books I could snaffle up.



Before heading to the charity shops, I visited the fabulous White Rose Book Shop and Cafe. I struggled to resist the clutch of Persephone books hidden in a corner on the upstairs mezzanine, but in the end I couldn’t choose between them. I didn’t leave empty-handed though,  my  daughter found the next book in Malorie Blackman’s ‘Noughts and Crosses’ series that she’s currently reading.


I only had half an hour to scan all the secondhand shops, so I set off round the town like a Tasmanian devil. I found some great titles, but couldn’t believe how expensive the books were compared to West Wales prices. I’m used to paying between 50p and £2 per book locally, but there weren’t many of these under £2, and I saw a number of books priced at an eye-blistering £3.50 each. Maybe I’m naive, but I had no idea that charity shops within the same chain would price differently on a regional basis. Anyway, here’s my haul.