Book buying

Lancaster market, 3rd edition

So regular readers of this blog will know that The Physicist spends a fair amount of time up in Lancaster, a lovely although damp town in the North-West of England. When I get a few days off in succession, I try to go north myself to save him a train journey.

Lancaster has a town market on Wednesdays and Saturdays, where stalls sell everything from cheap pet accessories to crepes to beautiful home made fragrant soaps to books. There are two book stalls – one focuses more on quality antique books – hardbacks and antique editions. The other is a £1/book, boxes on the table type stall where one scavenges through the boxes at great speed. Unsurprisingly, given my penchant for very cheap pre-loved books, it is the latter which receives the majority of my custom (see previous escapades one and two). I got up to Lancaster on Saturday after a horrendous drive and headed straight for the market. £10 lighter and 10 books heavier, I was greatly cheered. The books in question are:

From left to right:

Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafiri; What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty; Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson; The Road Home by Rose Tremain; The Private Lives of Pippa Lee by Rebecca Miller; The Savage Garden by Mark Mills; Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters; The Rose of Sebastopol by Katherine McMahon; The Associate by John Grisham; The House at Riverton by Kate Morton. Oh, and a cup of Twinings fruit tea on the left there.

Some of them were impulse buys (Savage Garden), some because of an author I’ve heard a lot about but never read (Crocodile, Road Home), some from authors I have loved (Associate, Started Early), some because I have heard lots about them and must have a copy for myself which I might get around to at some point (Lolita in Tehran, Alice, Pippa Lee, Rose). And one (House at Riverton) for a friend who has been hunting a copy of this for months on Bookmooch and I see it all the time in charity shops/markets.

Anyone read any of these?


8 thoughts on “Lancaster market, 3rd edition”

  1. A brilliant selection. I haven’t read them all but I recognise them as being books I wouldn’t mind reading!

    I’ve read The Savage Garden and The House at Riverton, both were good, but Riverton better.

    I saw the movie of Pippa Lee which was beautiful. Hope the book is as good (I expect it will be). I wish we had markets with books!

  2. That was a good haul! I usually like Rose Tremain, but was especially impressed by this one. What Alice forgot I found quite haunting!

  3. What a great selection! I absolutely loved Crocodile on the Sandbank when I listened to it (Rosenblat’s narration was amazing). And Started Early, Took My Dog was excellent too. I haven’t read What Alice Forgot yet, but Liane Moriarty’s novel The Last Anniversary was quality chicklit in my opinion. I have to put The House at Riverton on my TBR list too, after enjoying her The Forgotten Garden very much. They look great quality secondhand too – happy reading!

  4. Reading Lolita in Tehran was, I think, one of my lazy summer reads of last year. It’s a memoir, and when the author sticks to focussing on the people and events she’s recalling it’s great. However too often she gets in the way and it becomes rather self absorbed. On the plus side, it’s a great account of living in Tehran and if you’re into travel porn this is pretty good.

    My most recent buy (be proud!) is a Paul Davies “physics for non-physicist philosophers” and I am very much looking forward to reading it.

    Hope you’re well,

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