Christmas 2018 Book Haul


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image: Nina Matthews


If I asked you, dear reader, to congratulate me on my restraint at October half-term,  you might commiserate this time round …

It wasn’t for lack of effort, honestly: I spent a couple of hours over various trips to my local Waterstones, and the best part of an hour (I know, because my better half complained about my definition of ‘ten minutes’) minutely scouring the shelves at my local second-hand bookshop – a place I hate walking out of without supporting in some small way.

Nevertheless, here they are – additions to the slopes of Mount Tsundoku; volumes I will flit through like Shakespeare’s Lepidopterist, scooping up quotations for my beloved A Levellers; hopefully at least one book as unputdownable as a beloved family pet …

  1. Stephen Fry:  The Ode Less Travelled (bought from a book remainders shop) £2.99
  2. Peter Ackroyd:  The History of England:  The Tudors (a gift from my nearest and dearest) £free
  3. Yorks Notes:  Marlowe – Doctor Faustus (from my local RSPB’s second-hand book stall) £0.50
  4. Kathryn Warner:  Edward II – The Unconventional King (from a book remainders shop) £4.99
  5. Robert Hutchinson:  Elizabeth’s Spy Master (from a book remainders shop) £2.99
  6. CJ Sansom:  Lamentation (in the WHSmith sale: hardback!) £2.00
  7. Ovid: Metamorphoses (iBooks) £free
  8. Walter Scott:  Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft (iBooks) £free
  9. Ian Mortimer:  The Time Traveller’s Guide to Elizabethan England (free on iBooks) £free
  10. Arthur Donald Innes:  England Under the Tudors (iBooks) £free
  11. Henry Freeman:  The Middle Ages – A History from Beginning to End (iBooks) £free
  12. Henry Freeman:  Julius Caesar (iBooks) £free

Total spend = £13.47

(plus another ten books unrelated to The Boar’s Head)

Author: Boar's Head, Eastcheap

Hyperactive English Teacher and Tutor; Shakespeare-obsessed 'Villainous abominable misleader of youth'; 'old white-bearded Satan'; Friend of the Orangutan

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