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Second-hand Books: A First Hand View | O. J. M. Davis
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In a quirky and engaging narrative, O. J. M. Davis delivers a highly personal overview of the second-hand book world born out of bitter-sweet experience. From posing the question 'What is a Book For?', he goes on to illuminate every corner of the business, from the obsessiveness of the collector to the hyperbole of catalogues, from manoeuvres at auction houses to tooth-and-nail battles in church halls. There are unexpected angles: not only the stresses and strains of the life of a bookseller (complete with customer put-downs), but the afterlife as well; a discussion of desirable items, but also the undesirable; even a book's-eye view of the world. By turns discursive and anecdotal, it moves from 'faction' to fiction and back again, employing a variety of genres - essay, short story, fantasy, drama. In the final chapter the author goes further still, turning his jaded eye upon himself with a 'posthumous' attack on his own work.
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mellissimo
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Look what I just found in a local train station! You can just take a book if you need one for your train trip or leave the one you just finished during your trip. What a wonderful idea! 😍

Moony Yeah thats #bookcrossing Where did you found it? 11mo
Tamra 👏🏾 11mo
mellissimo @moony I thought so but wasn't bookcrossing the thing where the books had codes and you could track them on a website? Or am I confused with something else now? 😅 Cause those don't have anything like this. 11mo
JazzFeathers Such a great idea! 11mo
Kaye Sorta like a little free library. 11mo
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emily_m_tubb
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Yesterday I had a much needed day off (Well, I have a week off now 😂) and spent an hour or so scanning the shelves of my local second hand book shop ❤ Photo of my book haul to follow 😄

Tove_Reads Are you telling us this pic is not your book haul pic??? 🤣 (edited) 2y
emily_m_tubb @Tove_Reads I wish it was! There were so many books I wanted to get!!! 😂 2y
BiblioLitten A sight for sore eyes.😍 2y
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