Charity shops are awesome.
Yes, that’s exactly how I’d like to starts this post. They not only give their income to charities, most of the stuff they sell is ridiculously cheap! For example a book, that otherwise would have been £7.99, was only £1. That’s exactly why I bought 10 books – and got my hands on quite a few classics!
So why not share them with you?
Rose Tremain – The Swimming Pool Season
“After the collapse of ‘Aquazure’, his swimming pool construction business, Larry and Miriam Kendall have exiled themselves to a sleepy French village. When Miriam is summoned to her mother’s deathbed in Oxford, Larry begins to formulate a dazzling new idea: the creation of the most beautiful, the most artistic swimming pool of all.”
Truman Capote – Breakfast at Tiffany’s
“It’s New York in the 1940s, where the martinis flow from cocktail hour till breakfast at Tiffany’s. And nice girls don’t, except, of course, for Holly Golightly: glittering socialite traveller, generally upwards, sometimes sideways and once in a while – down. Pursued by to Salvatore ‘Sally’ Tomato, the Mafia sugar-daddy doing life in Sing Sing and ‘Rusty’ Trawler, the blue-chinned, cuff-shooting millionaire man about women about town, Holly is a fragile eyeful of tawny hair and turned-up nose, a heart-breaker, a perplexer, a traveller, a tease. She is irrepressibly ‘top banana in the shock department’, and one of the shining flowers of American fiction.”
Tony Wilkinson – Down and Out
“For a month, BBC Nationwide reporter Tony Wilkinson lived as a down-and-out on the streets of London, sleeping rough with derelicts and alcoholics, enduring the squalor and violence of flea-pit hostels, then rising above it to work at Claridges. A television crew followed his progress in the role of Tony Crabbe, and unemployed Yorkshire labourer down on his luck. As Crabbe, he was able to win the confidence of the drunks and the tricksters, and to observe the incompetence and inhumanity of the authorities. […] This book is based on the detailed secret diary he kept. It tells how he came to like many of his fellow derelicts, and how, after several attacks, he lived in terror of others. It also reveals his fear for the future of a welfare state which treats genuine hard-luck cases with the same brutal indifference as the most worthless psychopathic drunk.”
Martha Gellhorn – The Weather in Africa
“Martha Gellhorn’s three intertwined novellas are concerned with the integration of European outsider into the dramatic landscape of East Africa. It is a story of rejection and enchantment. Two sisters, one beautiful, one plain, return unmarried from their adventures in the great to their parents’ hotel on the mountain, where they are caught up in a scandalous relations with an African official and an English botanist. A heartbroken woman tries to escape the memory of her son’s death on a doomed holiday by the sea. A lonely, awkward young Englishman, disorientated by years as a prisoner-of-war, orphaned by bombs in London, seeks a new life in the highlands.”
Tracy Chevalier – Girl With a Pearl Earring
“17th Century Holland. When Griet becomes a maid in the household of Johannes Vermeer in the town of Delft, she thinks she knows her role: housework, laundry and the care of his six children. But as she becomes part of his world and his work, their growing intimacy spreads tension and deception in the ordered household and, as the scandal seeps out, into the town beyond.”
Katie Flynn – The Girl From Penny Lane
“Young Kitty Drinkwater lives in Paradise Court, just off Burlington Street. Life is tough in Liverpool in the years after the First World War and Kitty is always hungry and dressed in rags. As the eldest child, she is the scapegoat for her feckless, drunken mother. She dreams of a better life…
Lilac Larkin’s prospects, by contrast, are very different; she is beautiful, self-possessed young woman, and even when her pleasant job as a lady’s maid comes to an end and she starts work in a bag factory, she is sure that her life will be full of promise and excitement…
So when the two girls meet by chance in a millinery shop, neither can have any idea what changes in their lives the encounter will bring nor how strangely fate will work to bring them together once more.”
Kathryn Stockett – The Help
“Aibileen is a black maid in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, who’s always taken orders quietly, but lately she’s unable to hold her bitterness back. Her friend Minny has never held her tongue but now must somehow keep secrets about her employer that leave her speechless. White socialite Skeeter just graduated college. She’s full of ambition, but without a husband, she’s considered a failure. Together, these seemingly different women join together to write a tell-all book about work as a black maid in the South, that could forever alter their destinies and the life of a small town…”
Cristina García – The Agüero Sisters
“Reina and Constancia Agüero are Cuban sisters who have been estranged for thirty years. Reina–tall, darkly beautiful, and magnetically sexual–still lives in her homeland. Once a devoted daughter of la revolución, she now basks in the glow of her many admiring suitors, believing only in what she can grasp with her five senses. The pale and very petite Constancia lives in the United States, a beauty expert who sees miracles and portents wherever she looks. After she and her husband retire to Miami, she becomes haunted by the memory of her parents and the unexplained death of her beloved mother so long ago.
Told in the stirring voices of their parents, their daughters, and themselves, The Agüero Sisters tells a mesmerizing story about the power of myth to mask, transform, and finally, reveal the truth–as two women move toward an uncertain, long awaited reunion.”
Jack Kerouac – On the Road
“On the Road swings to the rhythms of fifties underground America, jazz, sex, generosity, chill dawns, and drugs, with Sal Paradise and his hero Dean Moriarty, traveler and mystic, the living epitome of Beat.”
(Sir) Arthur Conan Doyle – The Hound of the Baskervilles
“Some blame the sudden death of Sir Charles Baskerville on the legend of a fearsome and ghostly hound that is said to have haunted his Devonshire family for generations.
So when the services of famed detective Sherlock Holmes are engaged to ensure the safety of Baskerville heir Sir Henry – recently arrived from America – Dr Watson is surprised to find his friend dismissive of the matter. In fact, Watson is dispatched alone to accompany Sir Henry to Baskerville Hall in Devon while Holmes deals with another case.
Yet Watson finds the wild moors are a far cry from the orderly streets of London, and in the cold night a savage and bestial howl may be heard…”
I have been also gifted two books from my mother, who found them in the attic – they were bought and read by my older sisters.
George Orwell – The Road to Wigan Pier
“A searing account of George Orwell’s experiences of working-class life in the bleak industrial heartlands of Yorkshire and Lancashire, The Road to Wigan Pier is a brilliant and bitter polemic that has lost none of its political impact over time. His graphically unforgettable descriptions of social injustice, slum housing, mining conditions, squalor, hunger and growing unemployment are written with unblinking honesty, fury and great humanity.“
George Eliot – The Mill on the Floss
“This Eliot novel tells the story of Tom and Maggie Tulliver, a pair of siblings who grow up together on a river in early nineteenth century England. While Tom’s reserved nature and Maggie’s idealism produce differences that strain their love in times of hardship, the two ultimately reconcile when confronted with certain death. A powerful work on individual tenacity in the face of oppressive circumstance, The Mill on the Floss remains one of Eliot’s most powerful works on unconditional solidarity and love.”
What’s your opinion on these books?
Have you ever been to a charity shop?
Lots of love,