It's been so long since I've gone on a book splurge — at least in a physical bricks-and-mortar store (online purchases for Kindle don't count, right?) — that I thought I'd share my purchases with you.
I bought three books at Daunt Books in Holland Park on Saturday afternoon, and three more in Waterstones flagship store in Piccadilly on Sunday. I probably would have bought a lot more in Daunt, but so much of the stock was shop soiled that I decided to restrict myself — if I'm going to pay full whack for a book I want it in pristine condition. Any wonder that people buy from online stores?
And in Waterstones, I almost did a little happy dance on the floor when I realised they had Text Classics from Australia in stock. The yellow spines are so distinctive it was very easy to find them on the shelves!
Here's what's in the pile from the top down:
John Lanchester's What We Talk About When We Talk About The Tube
This is a slim non-fiction title published by Penguin as part of a 12-book set called London Lines to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the London Underground. Lanchester has been doing a good job promoting this in the past week — an edited version appeared in the Guardian and he was on Channel 4 News on Friday evening (see below).
Bernardo Carvalho's Nine Nights
I've been meaning to read more books set in South America, particularly Brazil, so was delighted to find this one nestling on the shelves in Daunt, where many of the books are arranged by country, not author. This one is a thriller set in Brazil and is the first by this author to be translated into English.
Katie Kitamura's Gone to the Forest
Described as "a gripping and psychologically intense novel about the destruction of a family, a farm and a way of life", I picked this up on the basis that I knew absolutely nothing about it, the author or, indeed, the publisher (The Clerkenwell Press).
Elizabeth Harrower's The Watch Tower
I have seen very many references to this book on Twitter ever since Text Publishing (in Melbourne, Australia) decided to create its Text Classics imprint to rescue classic Australian literature for the masses. But then last week I saw Lisa's review on ANZLitLovers and knew I wanted to read it.
Sumner Locke Elliott's Careful, He Might Hear You
This is billed as "one of the most extraordinary portraits of childhood in Australian fiction". It was first published in 1963, but I know it from the film adaptation produced in 1983 and remember it being quite emotional — it's about a custody dispute over an orphaned boy during the Great Depression.
Kenneth Cook's Wake in Fright
This is one of those books I've been meaning to read for years and years even though I only have the faintest clue as to what it is about — something to do with a man going off his rocker in the outback. On the blurb of this edition JM Coetzee calls it a "true dark classic of Australian literature" — sold!
Have you read any of these books? Have any of the titles piqued your interest?