All told I've had a bit of a tempting time around the sales but all from the comfort of the sofa.
Some of the book deals have been too good to miss, so when Blackwell's offered Leonard Woolf A Life by Victoria Glendinning at half price I was easily tempted. When it arrived I was pleased I hadn't forked out full whack because the paper is a disgrace for a £25 book.Awful, cheap and nasty and will yellow very quickly.Not even a declaration that no trees were hurt or offended in the making of this book which would offer me some solace.
Ladies of Grace Adieu by Susanna Clarke and District and Circle by Seamus Heaney found their way into the same parcel.I've been tardy about getting both those.
The Book People Somewhere Else I Can't Remember The Name Of, I hit what Bluestalking and Ex Libris would call pay dirt, but here we'd probably term it a jolly good bargain for which I'll be in trouble.
A surfeit of Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, a plethora of Peter Dickinson's young adult fiction and a glut of Tove Jansen's Finn Family Moomintroll. Then The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly which everyone else bar me has read, a book on Nelson and Napoloen because I'm quite interested in reading about the other side of Horatio and perhaps exactly why we gave him a column of his own.Finally Forgotten Voices one to add to my Holocaust reading but the time will need to be right for that one.
Yes I do feel terrible buying from SEICRTNO but it was only £30 worth of terrible and I've owned up and I did turn down the free gift offer to punish myself, no 2007 Wayne Rooney Annual for me.
Then I bought one item of clothing in the sales from Toast just to ensure that I get the catalogue for the next year which is as inspiring as any design magazine.
This time it was the irresistible slouchy fingerless gloves.Perfect as I sit here typing in my garrett and I really had to buy them to see how to make a pair.