Tag Archive: secondhand bookshops

Glædelig Jul!

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I took my teenage daughter to Copenhagen for two nights earlier this week, which was as magical and tastefully festive as you’d imagine, but the real story here is the struggle of getting… 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

Leafing Through Cardigan’s Community Bookshop

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I popped into Cardigan yesterday and had just enough time for a quick mooch around Cardigan’s fabulous community run bookshop, ‘Leafed Through’. The shop is a fabulous treasure trove of classics and contemporary… Continue reading

New Year, New Books

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Well, new to me. The dawning of the New Year surely calls for a little freshening up of one’s bookshelves, no?  That’s my excuse, anyway, and I’m sticking to it. Strictly speaking, I… Continue reading

No more books – not one!

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After a recent mega book haul, I did wonder whether I should call a halt to my book accumulation. Once the panic subsided, I decided that moderation would be a better course of… Continue reading

‘Long afterwards, the news came that all the donkeys were dead’

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That quote sums up the misery of Joseph Conrad’s ‘Heart of Darkness for me. And just as reading ‘Mary Barton’ does not make me wish I lived in a Mancunian, Victorian slum, ‘Heart… Continue reading

10p a book! *hyperventilates*

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My local second-hand bookshop, a fab place with writing groups and tea pots and nice people, is closing down. Whilst this is sad, like the vulture I have discovered am, I approached the… Continue reading

The Blue Meanies made me do it

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Well, that’s the general election out of the way for another five years. After the months of build up, the debates, opinion polls and the tension of the night itself, I felt hollow… Continue reading

When I die, please scatter my ashes in the Oxfam bookshop.

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As it really is one of my favourite places in Aberdeen. Although, it seems likely I will then just be vacuumed up by a rather put-out staff member, who certainly didn’t volunteer with… Continue reading

Haul of Fame

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New books! Well, – new to me. Seriously, what beats trawling through the rich pickings of a secondhand book shop soon after fresh donations have hit the shelves? Nothing! Here are my latest… Continue reading