SMALL BOOK HAUL.

29.5.16



I am seriously on a right little book buying spree and found myself with another hoard of books that I have recently purchased. However I have been good as three out of the five books where charity purchases and cost less then £3. 

001. The Miniaturist - Jessie Burton
'On an autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives at a grand house in Amsterdam to begin her new life as the wife of wealthy merchant Johannes Brandt. Though curiously distant, he presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. It is to be finished by an elusive miniaturist, whose tiny creations ring eerily true. As Nella uncovers the secrets of her new household she realises the escalating dangers they face.'

I've heard a lot of great things about this book and when I found it at the charity shop for only £2.00 I knew I couldn't leave it behind. 

002. Kavalier & Clay - Michael Chabon
'One night in 1939, Josef Kavalier shuffles into his cousin Sam Clay's cramped New York bedroom, his arduous, nerve-racking escape from Prague finally achieved. So begins the friendship and partnership that will create 'the escapist'. a comic strip about a Nazi-busting saviour who liberates the oppressed around the world. It makes their fortune and their name but Joe can think of only one thing: how can he effect a real-life-escape for his family from the tyranny of Hitler?'

Another book that I've heard a lot about and another I found at a charity shop for only £2.00 and it perfect condition. I think they have only opened the first page because the spine isn't cracked at all.

003. The Call Of Cthulhu And Other Weird Stories - H.P. Lovecraft
'This selection of stories range from early tales of nightmares and insanity such as 'The Outsider' and 'The Rats In The Walls'. through the grotesquely comic 'Herbert West - Reanimator' and 'The Hound' to the extra--terrestrial terror 'The Call Of Cthulhu' which fuses traditional supernaturalism with science fiction.'

I have become slightly obsessed with buying more Penguin Modern Classics for my collection and when I saw this one I knew I had to have it. I love horror stories and these sound so good. 


004. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
'The dark, dreamlike story of starving Charlie Bucket, a mysterious chocolate factory owner and the Golden Ticket that transforms his existence is a masterpiece of exuberant invention. A fantasy of wishes fulfilled, a celebration of food and a gruesome morality tale. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory is a modern fairy story: both delightful and cruel.'

I was so excited when I saw this as a Penguin Modern Classic and I snapped it up. I can't wait to read this book again as I haven't read a Roald Dahl book since I was a child. 

005. The Diary Of A Provincial Lady - E.M. Delafield
'It's not easy being a Provincial Lady in Devonshire in the 1920s, juggling a grumpy husband, mischievous children and a host of domestic dilemmas - from rice mould to a petulant cook. But this provincial lady will not be defeated; not by wayward flower bulbs, not by unexpected houseguests, not even by the Blitz. She will continue to preside over the W.I., endure rain-drenched family picnics and succeed as a published author, all the while tending to her strawberries.'

I found this in the charity bookshop for £1.50 and snatched it up. I've not heard of this story before but it sounds really interesting and for such a good price I couldn't leave it. I hardly ever see Penguin Modern Classics in charity shops. 



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