Friday, May 25, 2012

Red Cross Book Fair 2012

Hello, dear readers, from New Zealand! I was excited when I heard that I would be in the country for the legendary Red Cross Book Fair of Palmerston North. The only problem would be keeping purchase volume down so that I could transport my books back across the Tasman. Did I manage it? Well, ruthless as I was in culling my stacks, here are the must-buys that snuck in:

  • Fabula Petro Cuniculo per Beatricis Potter--yes, it's The Tale of Peter Rabbit in Latin! I can't wait to show this to my little sister, whom I've been tutoring in Latin for over a year...
  • Selected Essays by GK Chesterton, including all the old favourites--A Piece of Chalk, On Lying in Bed, On Chasing After One's Hat...
  • Bleak House by Charles Dickens--so I can read the one Dickens book everyone tells me about!
  • The Harvest of Yesterday by Emily S Holt--my first ES Holt book!
  • The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
  • Green Dolphin Country by Elizabeth Goudge--with adorable dustcover
  • The Collected Poems of GK Chesterton--just what I've always wanted!
  • The Ballad of the White Horse by GK Chesterton--rendered redundant by the previous find, of course, but I can find someone who might like it
  • Love Poems by Christina Rossetti--I kept my eyes skinned, but this was the only Christina Rossetti book I could find. Decidedly her love poems were the least of her output, but this is a start at least, with lovely Pre-Raphaelite pictures sprinkled throughout.
  • The Magic Walking Stick by John Buchan
  • North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
  • The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope
  • Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life and Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health by Donald S Whitney
  • Arthurian Romances by Chretien de Troyes--At last! At last I have Chretien de Troyes!!!
Trust me, there were many more I had to leave behind! We waited in the queue for an hour and a half before the booksale opened--by the time it did, the queue stretched across the carpark out onto the street. Fortunately we were right near the head of the column and were able to get in ahead of most of the wild rush. Thanks to the Smiths of the Home Education Foundation of New Zealand for hosting me on my stay here in Palmerston North, and consoling me by buying all the books I couldn't!


Lady Bibliophile said...

Oh, my.

Bleak House...The Way We Live Now...North and South...John Buchan...Anthony Trollope.

Congratulations, Suzannah. I'm counting down the days to our huge local booksale on July 4th, in which I'd love to find some of these. I had the good fortune to find Bleak House last year, but I have not yet read it. I hope to very soon.

And condolences on the books you had to leave behind. I understand the pain. :)

Caleb said...

Sounds like a good trip. Chesterton's poetry is great. I enjoy his Christmas poetry in particular. I've been keeping a volume of Rossetti by the bedside of late.

Kim Marsh said...

As well as Beatrix Potter in latin are you aware of Winnie Ille Pu and Domus Anguli Puensis?
Regards Kim

Suzannah said...

Yes I am--they've always sounded tantalising, but I was never fortunate enough to stumble across them at a booksale!


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