Today’s Secondhand Book Haul

Today, as an early birthday outing for me, we headed to Henley-on-Thames by train, getting off one stop early at Shiplake to walk a couple of miles along the river.

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Courtesy of Chris Foster

Henley has one of our favorite local secondhand bookstores. It’s only our second time there, but we instantly became devotees thanks to their £1 section, which includes all paperbacks.

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Courtesy of Chris Foster

Today’s haul (total spend = £10):

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I’m especially pleased with the £1 copy of Diary of a Pilgrimage by Jerome K. Jerome, a novel about a journey by train and boat from England to Germany to see the Oberammergau Passion Play. We have plans to travel around Europe by train next year, so this will be a fun one to slip in a handbag for the Germany leg.


Tonight I’m headed to the theatre for the second time in a week – I shall report back about both trips on Monday.

7 responses

  1. Sounds pretty much the perfect day! The Mervyn Peake book reminds me I really need to reread the Gormenghast trilogy some time. Years since I read it.

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    1. I now own the second and third books, so I just need to find the first book of the trilogy and then I can begin 🙂

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  2. A lovely day out even without the bookshop.Oh how I envy people who have second hand stores near them that offer more than the latest crime blockbuster.

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  3. A day out and a book haul? Sounds like a perfect day to me! 🙂

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  4. Sounds wonderful,

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  5. I see a Gormenghast book! That series really is wonderful – hope you enjoy!

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  6. […] Back in October I picked up a lovely little secondhand hardback of Jerome K. Jerome’s Diary of a Pilgrimage for £1. Given that it’s a novel about a journey by train and boat from England to Germany to see the Oberammergau Passion Play and that Jerome is a safe bet for a funny read, this one is definitely going in my luggage. I also plan to take along a library paperback of A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler, a novella set in the Austrian Alps at the time of the Second World War. […]

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