…. arrived in the post yesterday.
There are lots of books that I would love to find, of course they are, but to find this book, a book by an author I love, an author whose earliest work in nigh impossible to find, really felt like a dream come true.
I don’t keep a ‘most wanted’ list, but, if I did, it would have been at number two; and finding it has given me the belief that one day I will hold a copy of one book in the world that wish for most of all.
A lovely book and renewed hope all on one small brown package.
I wanted to savour it, and so it sat on the dining table, unopened for quite some time. I ate, I took Briar for a walk in the gardens, I did one or two things around the house, I watched Bake Off, I finalised last night’s book thoughts ….
But I couldn’t go to bed without looking at my book. It’s old, it’s worn, but I really couldn’t be happier with it.
The binding is fine, the pages are intact, and that’s what is really important. To be able to read ….
My book is a first edition – my understanding is that there was just the one edition, and that it why copies are so scarce – and there is an inscription inside.
Do you think that the M. S. who wrote that was Margery Sharp? I think that it’s highly likely.
It’s not really that important, because – and I hope this makes some kind of sense – I don’t want to intrude or to stake any kind of claim; I just want the love that I and others have for her writing to reach her.
(I’d also love some reissues, and for many more people to fall in love with her writing.)
I won’t be reading ‘Fanfare for Tin Trumpets’ quite yet. Because the next stage of appreciating a new book is to look at it for a while, to pick it up and put it down knowing that I have a treat in store, when the moment is right.
Do you do that? Or do you start reading straight away?
And which books – which author – would you be as happy to find as I was to find this lovely, lovely book?
There’s another of Margery Sharp’s books that I had in mind to read before I begin this one, so I think I’ll read that next, launch the second annual celebration of Margery Sharp Day, and give away a second used copy of another her books that I found a little while ago ….
Then I’ll read this book.
And dream of finding a copy of ‘Rhododendron Pie’ ….