Tag Archive: bibliophile

New Books and Ice Cream!

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I trip into Narberth a few weeks ago left me with a bumper crop of acquisitions to add to my swelling bookshelves. The Paul Sartori charity shop was having a book clear out,… Continue reading

The Joy of New Bookshelves

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The mounting stacks of secondhand book bargains recently reached critical mass in our house. As we’ve been in need of some kind of wardrobe for months, and had to hire a van to… Continue reading

Shelf Life #5

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Welcome to Penguin World! This is a bit of a boring book shelf I’m afraid. There are no knick-knacks to break up the orange monotony, and many of these books are old and… Continue reading

Hay-on-Wye: a crack den for book lovers.

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After twenty years of marriage my husband knows me well. One of the reasons we have survived this long is that he demonstrates a tolerance of my messiness and obsessions that’d make any… Continue reading

‘Hold on a minute, Mummy just wants a teeny weeny peek in the Oxfam bookshop!’

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Finding ourselves in Haverfordwest with twenty minutes to spare between our trip to the library and my daughter’s football practice, I persuaded her that a quick look in the Oxfam bookshop would be… Continue reading

Shelf life #3

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I thought I’d give you another peek at my shelves. Still in the yellows, but there are a few peachy apricots at the end of the row as they move towards orange or… Continue reading

This month’s catch

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I’ve been remarkably restrained this month, having hardly stepped foot in a single secondhand book emporium. However, my book group book needed to be ordered and I had such a yearning for some… Continue reading

Shelf life #1

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When I visit someone’s house for the first time, I make a bee-line for their bookshelves. I know I’m not the only one who finds other people’s book collections intriguing, so for a… Continue reading

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

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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… Continue reading

No Brainers and Calculated Risks: My Latest Book Acquisitions

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Finding myself in Haverfordwest last week with half an hour to kill, I headed off to my home from home, the Oxfam bookshop. I was thrilled to pick up four Barbara Pym novels.… Continue reading