Friday 23 July 2010

Monday Mail

I have been sorely tempted by all the new books that have been appearing in the shops lately but I have tried to resist temptation. Don't think it will last long, so I thought I would show you my boot sale bargains.
These lovely hard backed books are the first three books in the Julia Golding series set in the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane, Covent Garden in 1790.These covers are all beautiful and glittery and the books don't even look like they have been read. A bargain for £2 for the lot.
1) The Warrior's Princess by Barbara Erskine. I used to read everything that Barbara Erskine wrote and my favourite book by her is 'Midnight Is a Lonely Place'. This one came out in 2009 and is set during the Roman invasion of Britain. I love the supernatural element that always exists in her books.
2) The Mitford Girls by Mary S. Lovell. I kept hearing about the Mitford sisters and was intrigued by this biography of the family. Over here in England, they same fairly unknown, in fact I couldn't find one person who had heard of them. I know they were very popular in America, so I look forward to finding out more.
3) The Unfortunates by Laurie Graham - I was lent Graham's book 'The Dress Circle' last year and absolutely loved it, so I was pleased to find this one. This is set at the beginning of World War I when Poppy Minkel's mother is desperate for her daughter to find a husband.
4) Fried Green Tomatoes at The Whistlestop Cafe by Fannie Flagg. Yes, I know I recently read it for the second time, but I haven't ever actually owned my own copy of the book. It is one I will always read again, as it is such a beautiful story.
These two finds were published in the 70's and were originally priced at 25p. Remember the days when you could buy books for 25p!
5) The Moon Stallion by Brian Hayles. When the Purwells set out to explore the land of the real King Arthur, they find themselves caught up in a hunt for the Moon Stallion, a beautiful but dangerous beast without a mortal master. This was originally a TV series in the 70's but I don't actually remember it.
6) The Glory House by Charlotte Morrow. Ever since Rose first discovered the remote, long-deserted house on the gorse-covered heathland above her home, she has gained strange comfort from the dreams she weaves around it, until she encounters the real occupants of the house and with them a threat to her world of make believe.
Some fabulous books that I can't wait to read.
What did you get this week?


  1. Some interesting ones there. I've never read Fried Green Tomatoes but it is one of my sister's all time favourites along with the film so I'll have to see if I can prise the book from her fingers I think.

    This week, no books for me but did have my borrowed copy of Friday Night Knitting Club come home as well as a slap for not warning about the ending *chuckle*

  2. A great selection. I love Barbara Erskine but have not read this one, another for my wish list. Enjoy your reading.

  3. It looks like you found some great treasures! I want to go to a boot sale with you one day!

  4. There is no greater feeling in the world than to find great books at a bargain price! I was able to find a few last week during the Half Price coupon sale. This week, I am focused on finding scrapbook treasures :)

  5. Fried Green Tomatoes is one of those books that I feel like i should read especially as I've seen the movie so many times.

  6. what exactly is a boot sale? boot as in the american trunk?

    you have quite a good selection of books--i've never actually read fried green tomatoes but did see the movie. :)

    enjoy the weekend.

    --nat @book, line, and sinker

  7. I love those covers on the Golding series! The only one of these I have and have read is Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe. Such a good book :)

  8. It's amazing how much covers have changed over the years. :)

  9. I really should read Fried Green Tomatoes. I think because I saw the movie I didn't want to read the book afterwards but it's been so long now I don't remember much about it. Have you read anything else by Flagg? If you haven't yet, I recommend Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man. It's such a great story.

    Enjoy your loot!

  10. Those first books were a steal! :)

    I really need to read Fried Green Tomatoes, since I love the movie.

  11. Some wonderful bargains there Viv. I love Barbara Erskine, I think I've read all of hers except this years release but my favourite is still Lady of Hay. Enjoy!

  12. Nice mailbox! Fried Green Tomatoes is a favorite film of mine, I like the issue you found with the actors on the cover. I received a Barbara Erskine book in the mail recently, Lady of Hay. Happy reading.

  13. It's so interesting to see how cover art has evolved over the years--definitely a lot more flash and pizzazz nowadays than in the 70s! I haven't heard of any of these--but those top three are really eye catching. Love the sparkles in the titles.


  14. The Julia Golding books have amazing covers! Enjoy them all :)

  15. What a great collection of books you have bought, Vivienne. I love reading about older books, often mailbox posts is just new(and of course books I'm exited to read) but I love finding old treasures.

    Have a great week reading :)

  16. You always manage to find some great books on your travels. The Warrior's Princess sounds great and I found it for my eReader. Again you are a bad influence. lol.

  17. You're right, Viv. It's just too hard trying to resist the temptation to get more books. I succumbed last week and boy, was I proud of myself. Haha! Enjoy your books and happy reading!


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