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Clearing Out

This is the summer I finally get really down and dirty and rid myself of "stuff." I found, after my mum died, that I had to work in stages. There were things that I could clear out right away, then I was able to move things and pack them away, NOW I'm finally ready to start divesting myself of a lot of my mum's possessions. She was a collector, you see, so I have been left with a huge collection of teddy bears, dolls, a lot of china, and of course hundreds of books.

Many of the books I'm keeping, but I will gradually sell or give away a lot of what remains. And that's still a substantial accumulation. Which brings me to the main purpose of this post.

Are any of you Miss Read fans? My mother loved her, and owned all of her books, many of them in hardcover, some in Penguins. I have given a few away to one of mum's friends, but I still have a lot. I would far rather they went to someone I felt I knew, even a little, than just sell them. So, if anyone is interested, drop me a comment and a contact method and I'll send you a list. If any of you wants one or more, I would give it to you and be happy it was going to a good home :)

Next category: mysteries. I have almost the entire Ruth Rendell ouvre, up to 2005, including the Barbara Vines. I also have Margaret Yorkes, and others. A few P D James. Possibly some Reginald Hill, though I may keep them. Some Josephine Tey (duplicates of ones that I own). L.R Wright (Canadian). Some of these are hardcover first editions, and I'm afraid that venality in that case has to win out over affection for you lot, but there are also a lot of paperbacks which I'm happy to give away. Again, all inquiries welcome.

Any chance that any of you is a closet fan of Rupert Annuals?? I have fifty of them...


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Jul. 1st, 2008 12:03 am (UTC)
I would bet that my daughter would adore the Rupert Annuals. I'm not sure how expensive the shipping to the U.S. would be, though.

If there isn't someone closer who wants them, I would be interested. Maybe we can figure out the cost and find a way for me to pay for it?

I like bookmooch.com as a way of getting rid of old books. Of course, it assumes that you want to get books to replace them, so it's not a space saver.
Jul. 1st, 2008 02:48 pm (UTC)
I can't give all of them away, because many are from the 50's and 60's and I think I can earn a little money on them. I'll be selling the more potential money makers on Ebay, as soon as I get my act together. But I'm more than happy to send you one or two of the more recent ones. I'll be in touch when I get myself organized. I am on Paypal, so that might be one way to recover the cost of postage.
Jul. 1st, 2008 12:35 am (UTC)
If you can't get rid of them closer to home, I would like any of the Josephine Tey ones, apart from Daughter of Time which I already have.
Jul. 1st, 2008 02:44 pm (UTC)
They are yours. I'll sort them out, but I think I have Brat Farrar, The Franchise Affair and The Singing Sands, all in rather lurid 60's paperbacks :)
Jul. 1st, 2008 03:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Lurid paperbacks sound fun :)
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Jul. 1st, 2008 02:49 pm (UTC)
Great! I may have a spare copy of An Unsuitable Job, and I think there are some other pb's that I'm not going to keep.
Jul. 1st, 2008 05:36 am (UTC)
Can S and I come and look at the ruperts?
Jul. 1st, 2008 02:45 pm (UTC)
Absolutely! And there might be other children's books S would like. We'll have to arrange a viewing :)
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