There’s quite a few to be getting on with here! First of all, those bought over the course of December:
- Kurt Vonnegut – Slaughterhouse 5 25p
- Louis de Bernieres – Red Dog 25p
- Penelope Lively – Treasures of Time 25p
- Brendan O’Carroll – The Chisellers 25p
- Andrew Shail & Robin Stoate – BFI Film Classics: Back to the Future 50p
- Niccolo Machiavelli – The Prince 50p
- Frank Parkin – Past Masters: Durkheim 50p
- Tom Baker – The Boy Who Kicked Pigs 50p
The first four books were from a library sale, and I do already have a copy of the Vonnegut book, which I had for free from my Sixth Form when they were clearing out their library. However, this copy here is a lot better, so for the price I thought it worth ‘upgrading’. Also, I never realised that Tom Baker (i.e. The Fourth Doctor) had written a children’s book. Oh, here I could go off on a ‘children’s literature as adult literature’ rant, but I won’t.
Now for Christmas! I hope you all had a goodtime, and here are some of my new books:
- Carol Ann Duffy – The Christmas Truce – Dorothy Wordsworth’s Christmas Birthday
- In Flanders Fields: Poems of the First World War
- Russell Brand – The Pied Piper of Hamelin
The WWI book is a rather nice copy, in a slip case, and the Russell Brand book is a (whisper it!) children’s book, but also illustrated by Chris Riddell, one of my favourite illustrators.
- The Jedi Path
- Book of Sith
- The Bounty Hunter Code
Yep, I like Star Wars. In fact, I really like Star Wars. And these are rather indulgent books, made to look like they’re written by various characters, and annotated by others.
- Brian May with Simon Bradley – Brian May’s Red Special: The Story of the Home-Made Guitar that Rocked Queen and the World
- Glenn Povey – Pink Floyd Treasures
I also really like Queen. And Pink Floyd.
- Mock the Week’s Only Book You’ll Ever Need
- Chris Fern & George Speake- Beasts, Birds and Gods: Interpreting the Staffordshire Hoard
- Paul Parsons & Gail Dixon – The Periodic Table: A Field Guide to the Elements
That last book is going o come in quite useful for reference at work, and the Hoard book is of particular interest, as it looks into the animal imagery of the Hoard and places it in a wider Anglo Saxon context. Also, George Speake works at the Institute of Archaeology in Oxford, so I may have come across him once or twice in my time there.