Sunday, February 26, 2012

Third visit to Cromford and Scarthin books

This time, we took Helen Lisette with us to Cromford and Scarthin. Another gloriously sunny day in the Derbyshire dales and Mill country, and it didn't cost her to join us (as the train fare was just £16.05 for the three of us on a group ticket). Huzzah!

Once again, we were warmly welcomed and granted lots of 'good customer' vouchers for our expenditure!

Here is a video about Scarthin which shows some of its charms.

I'll add the list of acquisitions to this post shortly!

Book acquisitions
  • Bakelite Radios: The Collector's Guide to the Style and Beauty of the Bakelite Radio
  • Collins Gem Guide to Architecture
  • Shoes by Linda O'Keeffe
  • Paradoxical Undressing by Kristin Hersh (memoir)
  • Stop What You're Doing and Read This! (essays) - a taster essay by Michael Rosen was published in the Guardian and broadcast on Radio 4
  • The Library Book (essays)
  • How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu (fiction)
  • A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (based on an original idea by Siobhan Dowd) (fiction)
  • The Knife of Never Letting Go: Volume One of 'Chaos Walking' Trilogy by Patrick Ness (fiction)
  • What are the Seven Wonders of the World? And Other Great Cultural Lists
  • The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown (fiction)
I devoured the beauty of the book on Shoes in a single sitting. Mmmm: shoes.... I've also just realised where I knew the name of Patrick Ness: several years ago I borrowed The Crash of Hennington, a book about a town invaded by rhinos - it was odd and rather wonderful. I'm looking forward to reading the two books by him even more now.


JoeinVegas said...

That looks like a lovely place to go to. We have very few book shops in Las Vegas (yes, some people that live here read) and several are gone (thanks to Amazon speedy delivery). We just went to one used book shop, where I usually drop off my old ones, and it is also interesting but much much smaller.

Lisa Rullsenberg said...

Nottingham, despite having TWO universities, is remarkably scant for bookshops. Oxfam have a few (which are good, and we regularly donate to these to circulate our books), but otherwise its H2O boulders - aka Waterstones - and a couple of branches of on-campus Blackwells. There are a couple of secondhand bookshops but for a city our size it's pretty shameful.

Then again Nottingham has one of the worst rates for school exam passes in the country, literacy rates are fairly shoddy and as everyone knows 'students don't read'. *sigh* Profoundly depressing.

chrissie_allen said...

Like your list.....especially the bakelite radios one :) Seems a very nice place to browse.