Friday, 20 October 2006

Balmain Road
On the way home this afternoon, after popping into the SRC bookshop (where I picked up Off One's Tits: Ill-considered Rants and Raves from a Graceless Oaf Named John Birmingham), taking $50 out of my cheque account and picking up a kebab to munch on, I swished over the Anzac Bridge to the Balmain Town Hall on account of the 2MBS book & record bazaar.

The big room upstairs
The fiction section is at the back of the big room. Without counting the cost of my selections as I went along the tables, I miraculously managed to stay on budget, taking up with my right hand and placing in a long column on my left arm 16 books, for $49:

Cannibals & Christians, Norman Mailer (1967)
A Man in Full: A Novel, Tom Wolfe (1998)
The Best Australian Poems 2004, Les Murray Ed. (2004)
The Information: A Novel, Martin Amis (1995)
Morality Play, Barry Unsworth (1995)
Twilight of Love: Travels with Turgenev, Robert Dessaix (2004)
Poems of Thomas Hardy (1979)
Fourteenth Century Verse & Prose (1928)
A Passage to India, E. M. Forster (1942)
The Poems of William Blake (1913)
Hooking Up, Tom Wolfe (2000)
Lions and Shadows: An Education in the Twenties, Christopher Isherwood (1938)
The First Stone: Some Questions About Sex and Power, Helen Garner (1995)
Remembering Babylon, David Malouf (1994)
The Unvanquished, William Faulkner (1955)
Another Day of Life, Ryszard Kapuscinski (1988)


Ron said...

You're going to need more new bookcases soon, Dean!

Dean said...

I've got a new bookcase just delivered in my study, which should cover me for a few months. I seem to be buying more books lately, which might be related to my membership of LibraryThing: the urge to maximise your holdings and compete against other members. Current book count: 1080.

Ron said...

I was in the top 25 for a while at LT but now am around 53 which has disappointed me a bit.

I am think I am only going to keep slipping down because my book-buying budget is zero for a few months.

Dean said...

I see we've now got 121 books in common, Ron. It was 116 until my spree on Friday.

Are you a writer? I notice you've got a lot of non-fiction titles on writing in your inventory.