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Reading My Way Through The Library

If you have read my previous posts you will know that when clearing my father's loft we found a large  collection of books. Some have been donated to Oxfam, some have been dumped in the public recycling skip, two collectables have now been sold, for £27, and as a voracious reader who now has time to spare I'm reading my way through what remains. I'm embarrassed to admit that until I came across a copy of A Room With a View I had never read any E.M.Forster - an oversight that I am now correcting. I've ordered a biography from the public library and will shortly start to read some of his other novels. As you know, several of his books have been made into films, including A Passage to India and Howards End. What I enjoyed most about A Room With a View was the literary irony. In many respects the novel reminded me of Jane Austen, giving a witty glimpse into contemporary society - albeit early 20th Century as opposed to Jane's late 18th century offerings. Like Austen, F…

Do You Have Collectable Books In Your Attic?

We have been busy clearing  my father's home and found quite a large collection of books in the attic - many of them children's books belonging to myself and my sisters, dating back to the 1960's. Many of the books have now been delivered to the Oxfam shop but I have been busy checking online the value of some of the hardbacks.I've discovered that some of them are collectable - particularly the Biggles books by Captain W.E. Johns, and the Enid Blyton books. I also found a copy of Education in Plato's Republic, published in 1917. It's so rare that I couldn't find it online. So I have been occupying myself preparing a spreadsheet of the books that are in reasonable condition and have posted some of them for sale on Amazon and Ebay. If you still have the books that you loved as a child you might want to think twice before throwing them away.

P.S. I also found a small collection of classics which I am planning to read/re-read. Currently my book at bedtime is A…