Thank you for all your kind wishes.
Lunch in Topsham on the Exe estuary and a quick flit into Exeter and today I acquired one of these.
This loyalty card is being piloted by Waterstone's in the South West, heaven alone knows why, most of us have to drive miles to get to a store.It also says it can only be used in selected branches, the small print is vast and I don't know which boxes I ticked in the shop because I didn't have my glasses on so had to guess.
I spent £24.99 and notched up 99p's worth of points.At this rate I am going to have to spend £200 to get a free book worth £7.99.That's a lot of loyalty required on my part.
I shouldn't moan, I'll get free copies of the quarterly magazine, special offers including books for £1.99, invites to 10% discount evenings,(too far to drive) double points on books by some of my best-loved authors.(they haven't asked me)The quarterly magazine is useful for knowing what's on the shelves but obviously not for the true worth of a book, it's a sales pitch so every one they feature is of course brilliant.
You'll want to know what I bought, The Short Day Dying by Peter Hobbs (I think I may have missed a gem here, will try again) A Month in the Country by J.L.Carr (why haven't I read this? Especially with an introduction by Penelope Fitzgerald)and The Waiting Years by Fumiko Enchi (for my armchair trip to Japan, looks intriguing and was awarded Japan's top literary prize)
Anyway I'm making this sacrifice and doing it for the good of the nation so I'll keep you informed, however it may be several months before I get back to Exeter and it may be several years before I achieve anything like the monumental loyalty points I have on my Boot's Advantage Card.
Now they really know how to treat a girl.
In fact it must be said so does the bookhound, I found the string of pearls eventually and absolutely gorgeous they are too. Cultivated fresh water ones and every shade of teal and green that I love, we hope not many molluscs died in the process.