With my resolution not to buy any more books until I had made an impression on the piles in my office, and next to my bed, I confidently entered the superb rural bookshop, The Village Bookshop Matakana, yesterday to have a browse around and have a chat to the personable owner Tracey Lawton. As always she was right up to date with all the latest fiction, she had a wonderful display of the Man Booker Prize shortlist titles, about which we had a great old chat, agreeing that The Lost Dog by Michelle de Kretser would have been on that list had we been on the judging panel. Cover image show here is the hardcover, now out in paperback. Don't miss it.
After an hour I was about to leave the shop when I spotted two books I just had to own! So much for my recent resolution but what is a book man to do on finding the following two great fun books:
BITING THE WAX TADPOLE
Misadventures of an armchair linguist
Elizabeth Little - Penguin - $28
L IS FOR LOLLYGAG
Quirky Words for a Clever Tongue
Chronicle Books - $25
I had again fallen in the old spontaneous purchase trap !! But they do both look like a lot of fun.
Tracey has a table filled with quirky books of this type, I must avoid it on future visits.
Go Tracey, go !!