... feminist, atheist, autistic academic and historic narrowboater ...
Likes snooker, beer, tea, rivets and solitude, and is strangely fascinated by the cinema organ.
And there might be something about railways.

Friday 29 January 2021


A couple of weeks ago, I got a text from Sebastian telling me to expect a parcel. He said 'I don't know if the reality will be any good, but the concept is, and either way you can blog about it.' I was quite mystified, as you might imagine.

Then the parcel arrived, and it was labelled 'A Box of Stories'. And in it were four, random, brand new books - one by an author I'd heard of, the other three published by Faber (i.e. not rubbish). And the concept is, indeed, a good one. Because these are remaindered books, which would otherwise have been pulped (or, presumably, sold in the remainder bookshops that I used to enjoy frequenting). As a result, they're cheap - not charity shop cheap, but supermarket cheap - £14.99 for a one-off box of four, or £13.49 for four if you have a regular subscription. These are completely random boxes - more specialised/delective ones are available at a higher price. So it's a bit of a gamble, with all the concomitant excitement but little of the danger.

I've just taken out a subscription for a mixed box (fiction and non-fiction) once a month. They'll be dispatched from Glasgow (on the River Clyde).

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