You have no idea how I've fantasized of something like this ever since I read this post. Being out of Hyderabad, I asked the beloved ex-professor to keep her eyes open for any whisper of such riches. Two years have passed in vain. But one lazy Sunday not one month ago, all my fantasies abruptly came true. The competition, you see, has been on an unimaginably massive spring cleaning drive. Ergo, quite unfortunately, some the best deals I've EVER got on books have not been at my store. (If you're counting second-hand bookstores in Hyderabad whence come most of my books, nowhere else is really a good deal but that's another post.) Sample the kind of discount I mean — on a cover price of 735, flat 80% discount. The least discount on anything I bought was 70%!
As you'll see, most of these books are the stuff my salacious forays into bookstores, mine or not, are made of. The question might then arise — why, Extempore, would you never give me deals like these at your store? The reason's simple, dearie. We never have to get rid of books. Enough said though — it's not quite right to be ungrateful for unexpected generosity. I'm resisting the urge to list the books under neat sub-headings the way I normally would but I cannot resist organizing them category-wise any way!
Ted Hughes selected by Simon Armitage
Wilfred Owen selected by Jon Stallworthy
Alfred, Lord Tennyson selected by Mick Imlah
George Herbert selected by Jo Shapcott
(All four part of the fabulous Faber and Faber Poet-to-Poet series)
A choice of Kipling's Verse selected by T.S Eliot
Out of Fashion ed. by Carol Ann Duffy
The Universal Home Doctor - Simon Armitage
North - Seamus Heaney
Moortown Diary - Ted Hughes
The Elder Statesman - T S Eliot
Ape and Essence - Aldous Huxley
Laughter in the Dark - Vladimir Nabokov
The Final Solution - Michael Chabon
Soldiers of Salamis - Javier Cercas
On Green Dolphin Street - Sebastian Faulkes
First Love and Other Shorts - Samuel Beckett
Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates - Tom Robbins
The Vintage Book of War Fiction ed. by Sebastian Faulks and Jorg Hensgen
Beckett Remembering, Remembering Beckett - a completely yummy collection of unpublished interviews with Beckett and memories of his friends/colleagues.
The New Cut Gang: The Gas-Fitter's Ball - Philip Pullman
Wanted! The Hundred-Mile-An-Hour Dog - Jeremy Strong
But of course, reviews/observations/poems will follow — I'm currently in a graphic novel and children's literature (more on that sooner) phase though.