Between my place of work and my house lies a Vinnies opportunity shop. Every afternoon I have to resist the urge to pop in for a quick look, and should I venture in I then have to resist the urge to buy random “stuff”, just because it’s some good quality piece of something going cheap (when I probably wouldn’t have bought it full price so why buy it cheap). OK, so I am pretty good on the second point, but often duck in for a quick sweep of the store. I wonder whether op-shopping works on your psyche much like gambling. Once you’ve found that one amazing treasure in there for next-to-nothing, there is always the possibility that it will happen again. Or maybe not.
Anyway, yesterday evening I did venture in, and in my sweep I found these books. True, I would probably not have bought a Field Guide to the Birds of East Africa anytime soon, but this is a nice book (see, that’s how it works). It’s also a soddingly heavy book. I don’t know what the deuce it is made out of (thick glossy paper actually), but I had to carry it all the way home and it’s extraordinarily heavy. I take a little short cut that is quite dark now that it is winter, but I thought to myself ‘well, not to worry, if anyone unsavoury comes my way tonight I can swing the Field Guide to the Birds of East Africa at them, and no one would believe I knocked them out with a book until they tried to pick this one up’.
But without further ado, here are the books.