Home, laden with books

Posted: April 4, 2014 in reading
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I meant to come back from holiday with a smaller ‘to read’ pile than when I left. I really did. But then I remembered the excellent Oxfam book shop in St Ives, and it was so full of goodness…

Five more books than I meant to leave with

Five more books than I meant to leave with


Could you, in all good conscience, have left a charity shop without picking up their copy of one of Gideon Defoe’s brilliantly bonkers Pirates books? Or missed out on some interesting commentary on a fantasy classic? Or three whole specialists books on writing crime fiction?

Yes, I know I don’t write crime fiction, but my stories do sometimes feature crimes. It’s legit.

Then there was the Edge of the World bookshop in Penzance. An independent bookshop is a rare and precious thing, a truly excellent one doubly so. This place had a wonderful sign and window display, a fascinating selection of books on pirates of various eras, a small but well selected comics section, and a man behind the counter with a truly magnificent beard.

Craft time!

Craft time!


I felt it was my public duty to support them by buying something. Better yet they had one of Emilly Ladybird‘s steampunk craft books, which I’d been eyeing up for a while. I like steampunk, I like crafting, I like Ms Ladybird and I like the Edge of the World bookshop, so that’s a purchase made entirely of win.

I expect I’ll blog properly next week about some of these books, and maybe some other awesome stuff I saw in Cornwall. But for now this is mostly a reminder to myself – e-books may well be the future, but the present is littered with papery goodness.

And remember kids, there’s no such thing as ‘just a quick browse’ when it comes to good book shops.

  1. skudssister says:

    My name is Jane and I am a book addict…..

  2. wf1019 says:

    I can’t remember the last time I went to a shop with interesting books and didn’t leave with at least one

  3. Gareth says:

    Couldn’t agree more. Besides, paper books smell better (different smells for new ones and second hand of course.) and come VAT free.

  4. Try entering Baggins (Rochester) and getting out quickly….I don’t think it can be done.

    • I just googled that place and not only do they have an awesome name but they look brilliant. Kent’s a long way to travel even for the most glorious bookstore, but if I ever find myself in that area I’m totally going there.

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