My house is full of books. My own, but also the second-hand books I sell at my unit in West Bay and at markets and fairs. I hope to develop this venture into an online shop (and maybe, hopefully, a brick-and-mortar shop. We would love to find a cheap but quirky building in the Weymouth area to turn our ideas into reality...)
At the moment, the house is so full of stick that I keep telling myself that I shouldn't buy any more book until I have sold quite a few of them.
But I have always been a book lover, and sometimes, I just cannot resist.
Last weekend, I purchased three quirky little books for my own collection:
Isn't he just cute?
Ernie was published by Cuban photographer Tony Mendoza back in 1985. Unfortunately, my copy is not the original 1985 first edition but a 2001 reprint. In 1985, the photographer moved in with a New York artist who had a cat full of personality, Ernie. His new feline flatmate became his favourite model for a while. The book is small but full of life - Ernie really is a star! And the text made me chuckle a lot. A real treat!
I will use some stories and details in Witches of Dorset by Olive Knott (with Rodney Legg and Amanda Allsop) in my fourth novel, the Rural Noir Hell Lane: A Barton Stacey Mystery. This one is the original 1974 edition. Really interesting to read as I start exploring the county again...
I saw this lovely illustrated Australian children's books in a shop and couldn't leave without it, and therefore I bought it there and then. 1943, third edition, written by Ethel John and illustrated by Geoff. W. Ridley
I llove the fact that there is a little sticker inside: "Franceska Bookshop, 596 Hay Street, Perth".
A real little treasure.
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