|The Fall & Rise of Reginald Perrin by David Nobbs|
The Letters of Rachel henning edited by D Adams
The Cost of Living LIke This by James Kennaway
I only really collect the vintage numbered Penguins from the time Allen Lane was alive and published them. That ended in 1970 and after that the ISBN numbers came in and the world changed and no more numbered Penguins were born.
I have a really down to earth friend named Brian who lives in South Hobart. He's elderly, he's ailing and he spent his life working at the Cascade Brewery. He spends his days driving around in his big Toyota car that is several years old going to Op Shops. I run into him frequently at the Red Cross book shop which by far is the best one. I also see him at the tip shop. I am looking for books. He is looking for books as he is a big reader but he also collects lots of other things. Some people may think we hoard books but we don't. We are collectors and readers.
|The Wife of Martin Guerre by Janet Lewis|
Women in the Wall by J O'Faolain
Child's Play by David Malouf
He doesn't suffer fools gladly and if you're good to him he'll be good to you. He loves gathering up his found treasures and loves to give them as gifts.
Every Penguin book he has in his house from years of collecting gets sorted and put in a bag and brought to me along with a good deal of focacia bread he gets from the baker in the day old bin.
I hadn't seen him in awhile and we were a bit concerned that his health had taken a turn as he is not a well man and as suspected he has been in and out of hospital. But he's back now with a vengeance with his stories, his views on politics, how the country should be run and his bags of Penguin books.
|Twelfth Night by Shakespeare|
The Four Beauties by H.E. Bates
Therese by Francois Mauriac
They are not the Allen Lane vintage Penguins. They are simply any book Penguin ever published. Do you have any idea of how many books that is? I must say though I love getting them because after all a bag of books is...............well, yes, a bag of books. What book lover doesn't love a free bag of books. As they are published by Penguin books, no matter what the date chances are they'll be good reads.
I keep some of them, read some of them and then they go into the box. The box when full gets loaded into the car and driven to the auction. I might get $20.00 bucks for them minus the auctioneers share and I take the cash and it goes back to the tip shop or the Red Cross book shop or Vinnies where I buy up anything I see by Dick Francis or old pulp westerns. Those books go into its own plastic bag and are then given to Brian who loves to receive them. The cycle then continues. We both get bags of books we don't look for, have the pleasure of sorting the treasure and then passing them on again to then get more books for each other.
|Truant State by Nicholas Hasluck|
The Armies of the Night by Norman Mailer
Monkey Grip by Helen Garner
It has created a pleasant friendship between us and when everyone is well we have a coffee and a chin wag about how Australia used to be and everything that's wrong with it and how in all our wisdom we know how to fix it. But no one listens to us so we just keep buying books. Fair dinkum.