Books I Bought In London
Thursday, May 11, 2017
I bought books in London.
We all knew I was going to buy books in London. No matter how much I insisted that this was a vacation for the kids it was obvious that books were going to be purchased. After all, what is a trip to London for if you don't return with your suitcase crammed full of books? And tote bags. I seem to have developed a tote bag addiction. I didn't have the time to wander through bookstores for hours at a time so my book shopping was much more focused than usual. I went to a few specific bookstores and if I saw something interesting I bought it. My first and most important stop was Persephone Books. It is not a trip to London if I don't visit this gorgeous little bookshop. I went in thinking I knew exactly what I wanted and came out with three totally different books. I bought The Persephone Book of Short Stories, The New House by Lettice Cooper, and The Crowded Street by Winifred Holtby. And a tote bag because I have always wanted the Persephone tote bag and somehow have never bought it. It makes me happy but I am almost afraid to use it because I know I will get it dirty. Right now it is hanging on the mirror in my bedroom. Maybe I should decorate my whole bedroom around it or is that a little over the top?
I also went to the massive Waterstones in Piccadilly. It was actually slightly overwhelming. So many floors. So many books. So many choices. I bought A Vicarage In The Blitz, The Wartime Letters of Molly Rich 1940-1944. I also bought Jambusters by Julie Summers. It is a book I keep intending to buy and just never do. When I couldn't decide what else to get it seemed safe. I also bought a tote bag. But it was a Penguin bag of Pride and Prejudice and we all know that was never going to be left behind.
The rest of my purchases were bought at the Southbank Book Market and at an Oxfam bookshop in Greenwich. I love the Oxfam bookshops and wish I had time to search out more of them. You never know what gems you will stumble upon.
I was particularly happy to find the British Library Crime Classics. Someone on Instagram told me that the British Library sold posters of some of the covers. And tote bags. That is dangerous knowledge. I was also pleased to find two Virago Modern Classics. Underground London was purchased because my son thought it looked interesting but I agree with him and will read it as well. My daughter purchased six Famous Five books that are not pictured here. She found them at the Oxfam bookshop and the bookseller was thrilled to see how excited Celia was about finding them.
I was pleased with how many books I came home with especially considering how little time I devoted to book shopping. Now I am dreaming of a trip to explore the bookshops in York or Edinburgh. One day.