I used to work with a speech pathologist quite a few years ago who was a good 20 years older than me. Well, the years went by and we have now both retired and I still see her once in awhile for a coffee. Actually it is funny because there is a coffee group of retired speech pathologists that meet once a month. I always think of all of us as the "old crumblies" with affection of course.
This friend of mine recently sold their family home and went into smaller accommodation. I have said to her for years she really should sell me any old Penguins she has. ( I knew she had quite a few.) Of course the time wasn't right and I didn't think anything more of it.
|I particularly like the cover of the F. Scott Fitzgerald book and of course The Natural is a good baseball tale.|
The other day I had a voice mail from a book dealer in Battery Point. "I've got a box of Penguins here and you're welcome to go through them." Now, that is always music to my ears so I said I would be in the following afternoon.
|I was happy to find another Iris Murdoch book I didn't have and doesn't the Richard Bissell book look so 60's.|
The shop is called Kookaburra Books And Antiques
and they sell second hand books, some antiques and vintage clothing. Quite a combination. They don't have a web page but they do have a Facebook page.
I stopped in yesterday afternoon and in fact he did have a box of Penguin books. He had collected a whole big shipment of books from someone in the area who was moving and he took the lot.
|Yet another Iris Murdoch and I love the covers of all of these. |
I went through the box and found 10 I didn't have and 2 more that were first published ones that were going to replace a couple of reprints I had. He was going to charge me a reasonable price (I have noticed that Penguins have dropped in price significantly now the Collectors tv program is not all the rage).
As I thumbed through them I found a receipt for services in one of the books. It was dated 1994 and guess what. It was addressed to my old speech pathology friend whose Penguins I always wanted to buy. So I ended up getting them anyway and probably didn't pay anymore for them than I would have from her. It really is funny how things work out. Of course everyone knows in Tasmania there is only 2 degrees of separation.
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