Last week my other half was helping a friend out with a house clearance and came back with two little presents for me. One was a UK first edition of In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (which is one of my favourite books ever) and the other was a Daphne du Maurier, The Infernal World of Branwell Bronte which I had very nearly purchased for myself the weekend I visited Keel Row Books. Delighted I ask if there were any more that we could rescue, and ended up with a lovely little pile:
The Aneid, Virgil
Mary Anne, by Daphne du Maurier
Weland: Smith of the Gods, by Ursula Synge
Madame de Pompadour, by Nancy Mitford
In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote
The Infernal World of Branwell Bronte, by Daphne DuMaurier
It made me feel a bit sad when I thought about the lady who they had belonged to and how her things had just been discarded, but I suppose it is one of the unfortunate facts of life that when you leave this life, the value of the possessions that you once held dear do not always translate to other people. However I cheered myself up with the thought that her treasured books would now live with someone else who would enjoy them. I also thought, given her reading tastes that she might have been quite the kindred spirit!
On another note, I had a delightful time at the bloggers meet (organised by the wonderful Simon T of Stuck In a Book). It is so curious to meet people in person that you feel you know well through their online personalities! We also had a little ‘secret Santa’ style book-swap and I received this fabulous Virago – The Vet’s Daughterby Barbara Comyns who I thought I’d never heard of but then realised that I asked for one of her other books for Christmas (Our Spoons Came from Woolworths)!
Have you had any unexpected book arrivals? Have you read The Vet’s Daughter?