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Book porn!

While waiting to see whether or not I have chicken pox I took a tour of the charity shops and market yesterday to see what book gems I could find to cheer myself up. And thus! some book porn. Yaaaay!

This batch of five was on a table in the market marked 25p each or 5 for £1.

The Saffron Eaters is a book I've never heard of but I immediately realised from the title (the Cornish eat a lot of saffron cake) and the cover that it must be set in Cornwall. Indeed it is, a Cornish fishing village in fact, so I couldn't leave that behind.

Death Comes at the End is a totally unknown Agatha Christie book to me. But its background is ancient Egypt so I'm sure it'll be very readable.

The other two crime books, The Glimpses of the Moon by Edmund Crispin and Something the Cat Dragged in by Charlotte Macleod are likewise totally unknown but they looked interesting and at 20p if they're no good they can go to the charity shop.

Lastly, Behind the Wall by Colin Thubron is a travel book, set, obviously, in China.

For the princely sum of £1, I didn't think that was a bad haul.

And then I had a mooch around the charity shops and Waterstones.

Waterstones yielded the new issue of their excellent book magazine (which you get free if you have one of their loyalty cards) and I treated myself to Eldest by Christopher Paolini. I'm currently reading the first in this series, Eragon and like it well enough to buy the sequel. The cover alone is almost worth the money...

The charity shops threw up three gems.

Dragons of Spring Dawning by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, which is book three of the Dragonlance series, the first of which I read recently. Just have to find book two now.

Corsets to Camouflage is a non-fiction book which shows the role of women in the wars of the 20th century, by the renowned BBC war corresspondent, Kate Adie.

I think I'm most pleased with my last find. It's an omnibus edition of Wave me Goodbye: Stories of the Second World War edited by Anne Boston and Hearts Undefeated: Women's Writing of the Second World War edited by Jenny Hartley. The former is fiction and I saw it blogged about somewhere but can't remember where. I decided not to buy it on Amazon but wait and see if it turned up. Well it did. And not only did I get the book I wanted, I also got the second book which is non-fiction writings from WW2 and every bit as good as the first book. I'm well satisfied with that result!

So, without spending a fortune I cheered myself up considerably. (The trouble is... I also increased the tbr mountain by nine volumes!)


Chicken pox????
Yes, the grandson has it and we're now waiting to see if we've caught it. Full story on my other bog. :-)
I never saw that post! sigh. LJ, how I hate thee some days.

I shall keep my fingers crossed for you all.
Thank you! I know what you mean about LJ...
That's jolly good going!
Not bad was it? :-) Have you read that Agatha Christie?
It was very good indeed.

And I have, yes. A nice read.

I hope you and P are still spot free.
Nice little haul *g*. Haven't read any of those, so shall await your reports!

I picked up three for the price of two in Waterstones in Bristol on Tuesday -- The Time Traveller's Wife, Alistair Campbell's diaries and Michael Palin's book about his journey round eastern Europe.
I shall wait with bated breath to see what you think of The Time Traveller's Wife. Loved Michael Palin's trip round eastern Europe on TV so the book should be good. Was weird watching it as I'd just finished The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova and some of the places he went to were in the book.

And as to my new books, Kate Adie turned up on The One Show tonight talking about women at war - which is the subject of this book I just got by her...
I enjoyed Palin's programme, so am hoping the book will be as good. I've got The Historian in my TBR mountain, but it never seems to move any nearer the top!

Kate Adie did a talk at the Cheltenham Festival of Literature about that book -- she was interesting, and the book sounded good. Let me know what it's like.