A Quirky Buy

I saw this in the window of our local Oxfam bookshop and I knew that I had to add it to my small collection of London guide books.  For the very reasonable price of £3.99, London on a £1 a Day was mine.
It was published in 1965, back in the days of pre-decimal currency.  Pounds, shillings and pence.
And I have to say it’s a hoot!
I’ve concluded that Betty James was an out an out snob and some of her opinions seem quite shocking in today’s climate of political correctness.
But no matter, I bought it for the novelty value alone.
How about you?  Do you venture in to your local second-hand bookshop?  What sort of titles might catch your eye?  

4 thoughts on “A Quirky Buy

  1. Oh that is so fun, Ruth. I picked up a book on etiquette at my local thrift store a couple of years ago intending to use it for scrapping. I did tear a few pages out, but once I read some of the content I saved it because it was so funny to read what was proper and considered “a woman's responsibility” back in the day.

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  2. This one would probably have caught my eye too. I once bought an old Blue Peter paperback about visiting Amsterdam, just because I remembered Val going to see Anne Franks house

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  3. I love getting quirky books. My mum loves a good second hand book shop. She once took a load of our old books to the shop and then the next week bought one of them again forgetting she had read it!

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  4. I am only allowed in the free book shop where I can have three book a day free.
    I am not allowed in any bookshop that requires money unless I have a responsible adult with me. Mr M says he is just as bad as me so cannot be responsible. That's why we only go to Hay on Wye when we have birthday money

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