Friday, 18 December 2009

Alas, poor Borders Books...

I am not admitting how much I spent in the Borders Books Closing Down Sale but added to my to-read pile are:
Molesworth - Willans & Searle (Penguin)
Oscar's Books - Thomas Wright (Vintage)
Curfew and Other Stories - Sean O'Reilly (Faber)
Best International Crime - Maxim Jakubowski (Robinson)
The Ask and the Answer - Patrick Ness (Walker)
Smiley's People - John le Carré (Sceptre)
Letters of Ted Hughes - Christopher Reid (Faber)
The Vagrants - Yi Yun Li (Fourth Estate)
The Old Devils - Kingsley Amis (Vintage)
Wolf Hall - Hilary Mantel (Fourth Estate)
Cautionary Tales for Grown-ups - Chris Addison (Hodder)
The Collected Stories - Katherine Mansfield (Penguin)
Far North & Other Dark Tales - Sara Maitland (Maia)
Diary of a Madman & Selected Stories - Nikolay Gogol (Penguin)
Selected Tales - Edgar Allan Poe (Oxford Classics)
This Night's Foul Work - Fred Vargas (Vintage)
The Three Evangelists - Fred Vargas (Vintage)
Rosie Little's Cautionary Tales for Girls - Danielle Wood (Allen & Unwin)
Wish I was Here - Jackie Kay (Picador)
The Reader - Bernhard Schlink (W&N)
The World According to Garp - John Irving (W&N) - the latter two books being bound in thick cardboard with hand-marbled end papers; far too gorgeous to leave on the shelf
and - most thrillingly - Wyoming Tales by E. Annie Proulx; three beautifully bound hardback books in a dark blue slipcover, an edition I have coveted for almost a year.
"'Reality,' sa molesworth 2, 'is so unspeakably sordid it make me shudder.'"


  1. You won't have time for Christmas or squeezing in coffees. I, on the other hand, have a new bed and I'm not afraid to use it...zzzzz


  2. I think you may well have helped make Borders solvent again ;-)


  3. M - I am sure we can squeeeze in a coffee before 2010, if only for me to ply you with the wit & wisdom of Molesworth e.g.

    "Peotry is sissy stuff that rhymes. weedy people say la and fie and swoon when they see a bunch of daffodils."

  4. Donnyfan - I found myself being drawn in the direction of Borders again today. Well, B&Q, but Borders is ever so close by.
    Labyrinths - Jorge Luis Borges (Penguin)
    The White Castle - Orhan Pamuk (Faber)
    The First Person and Other Stories - Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton)
    Bridge of Sighs - Richard Russo (Vintage)
    and a lot of Robert Goddard.

    Posh stuff, eh?


  5. O, and one more book at the bottom of the bag - Peyton Place by Grace Metalious - "wicked, sordid, cheap moral filth."

    Goodness, can't think why I picked it up...

  6. So that's what poetry is! I often wondered. I thought it was what they put in the poetry section of the library. M