When I first realized my Complete Booker goal was in sight, I was actually more worried than excited. Why? Because some of the books I need to read are old and hard to find. Three were especially elusive:
- 1974 – Holiday (Stanley Middleton)
- 1970 – The Elected Member (Bernice Rubens)
- 1969 - Something to Answer For (P.H. Newby)
Enter The Book Depository. I'd heard great things about this site (free worldwide shipping, for one!), but I hadn't purchased anything from them yet. I was browsing the site just after Christmas, when lo and behold, I discovered a Faber Finds edition of Something to Answer For. It was $25 US, more than I'd usually pay for a paperback, but since I'm borrowing those other two books ... and Santa hadn't brought me any books ... well, I think it was OK, don't you? The book arrived yesterday and I'm quite happy with it. The Faber Finds edition was published in 2008, so it doesn't have the "mildly groovy design" of Lisa's vintage copy, but I'm so glad Faber is restoring "lost classics" such as this! And I'm thankful for The Book Depository, both for their wide selection, and free shipping!
Where do you find your Booker reads?