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This week's book finds

South Molton market came up trumps again today with several good cheap book finds.

Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper (YA)
Cold Shoulder Road by Joan Aiken (YA)
Cornwall and the Tumbling Sea by Nigel Tangye

Particularly pleased with the first two. Over Sea, Under Stone is a YA book I hear a lot of people mention when they talk about quality children's books and Cold Shoulder Road appears to be part of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase series. I need to get a handle on this series because, according to the Fantastic Fiction site, there are 13 of these and the one I got is no. 10. Hmm. No idea whether I should start at the beginning when I eventually get to them...

Also picked up this week - a couple of travel books: Back Door to Byzantium by Bill and Laurel Cooper and Travellers' Tales From Heaven and Hell a book that apparently resulted from a nationwide competition. And two fantasies: The Moon of Gomrath by Alan Garner (sequel to The Weirdstone of Brisingamen picked up at a charity shop last week) and Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner a book that seems to be very well known amongst fantasy fans so I thought it was time I gave it a go.

Current read: Traitor's Moon by Lynn Flewelling.


Is Nigel Tangye any relation to Derek Tangye? My mum is a big fan of Derek Tangye's work, and the name is unusual enough to make me wonder if they're related.
He's got to be hasn't he? but for the life of me I can't find any info on the dustjacket or in the first few pages. I'll check on the net later because it's intriguing me too. (Not that I've read any of 'Derek's' book I have to admit.) It looks like a lovely book about his sailing adventures around the area of Land's End to the Isles of Scilly, and also including various historical anecdotes. Plus, it's signed. Good find on the 'three for a quid' shelf.
Another of my favourites - Susan Cooper's Dark Is Rising series. Much as I liked Over Sea, Under Stone though, I think the later books in the series are far far better. My favourite is The Dark Is Rising, which is the second book, and then The Grey King (which I think won an award?). Anyway - hope you enjoy it!
I shall get around to the first one pretty soon so will let you know what I think. I seem to have a lot of YA books on my tbr pile for some odd reason. Having a second childhood I think. ;-)
Yes, an old favourite set in our house, too, which my hubby introduced me to, when we were first married. You've set me off now - must add it to my re-read list! I think the Dark is rising was the one I liked best, too.
I read several of Derek Tangye's books, though a long time ago - set around Minack in Cornwall and heavily featuring cats! I think, from memory, Derek Tangye and his wife met when she was the Press Officer at the Savoy Hotel. Then they moved to Cornwall and grew daffodils. Have to confess I found the books a bit samey after a while. Nigel Tangye was Derek's brother, the family home was somewhere called Glendorgal which was run as a hotel for a time.
I'm pretty sure I've never read any Susan Cooper at all so it'll be interesting to see what they're like. I also look upon them as an investment because it'll only be a few years before the grand-daughter will want to read them I expect.

Being Cornish I really ought to have read a few of the Derek Tangye books but I'm ashamed to say I haven't. So Nigel is his brother. Thanks for clearing that up. I looked on the net but couldn't find anything about it, apart from an imdb entry for Nigel. Apparently he was an advisor to several films about flying or something.