Saturday, September 22, 2012

Book Fair Buys

This week it was our annual Rotary Club Book Fair which is an event I always look forward to and I love joining the early morning queue on the first day and sharing the anticipation. It's always crowded but I was still happy with my bargains......

Fathers and Sons - Ivan Turgenev
To the Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf
Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
Picnic at Hanging Rock - Joan Lindsay
The Harp in the South trilogy - Ruth Park
Dear Hearts and Gentle People - Ruth Park
The Virago Book of Such Devoted Sisters
The Watersplash - Patricia Wentworth
The Ivory Dagger - Patricia Wentworth
The View from Castle Rock - Alice Munro
Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier - my one indulgence! Even though I've read this more than once I couldn't resist this lovely old, gold-embossed, illustrated edition.

Day 2 I chose a time when I knew it would be quiet. I wanted to slowly look for the insignificant little gems that tend to get to hidden among the big and bright trade paperbacks and I found....

Coroner's Pidgin by Margery Allingham
An Unsuitable Attachment by Barbara Pym
Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett
A Wreath of Roses by Elizabeth Taylor
Mrs Ames by E.F.Benson
Queen Lucia by E.F.Benson
Mapp and Lucia by E.F.Benson
Dodo Omnibus by E.F.Benson

Very pleased with my purchases - lots of great reading to look forward to! 


  1. oh, you did very well!!! Good for you :-)

    1. Twenty was my limit and I'm happy with my choices.

  2. Lots of great finds for sure, Rebecca for sure. Look forward to the Mystery type reviews.

    1. Yes, I will have to read Rebecca again - as if I didn't have enough to read.

  3. What great book loot! I'm envious of the EF Benson - I've never come across Mrs Ames or Dodo Omnibus (never heard of them actually), and even the Mapp & Lucia books are hard to find these days. I'm very glad to see you found Vanity Fair :)

    1. Couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the Benson titles which is why I took them all - I doubt I'd see them ever again.

  4. Lucky you! The Barbara Pym and Elizabeth Taylor are most exciting to me of your finds.

    1. They are to me too , and the E F Benson titles - very seldom see them here in NZ.

  5. Love the look of the e-book And congrats on your Book Fair