LORD, HELP ME: I'VE JOINED THE BLUE-RINSE SET

MY favourite, quarterly, beachside book fair and market was on last weekend. I have been filling my bookshelves with the kind of works that...


MY favourite, quarterly, beachside book fair and market was on last weekend. I have been filling my bookshelves with the kind of works that will help me be "well-read", or at least that's what I tell myself when I hand over my donation each time.

I adore Atwood's writing and picked up another of her earlier works from the fair last year - so this title was an easy choice. Thank goodness I wasn't restricting myself like another was recently.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's work came onto my radar late last year with the reworking of his stories for the BBC series Sherlock. I'd never read Sherlock Holmes' adventures but have since downloaded a bunch to my iPod; and now have this natty 1968 paperback on the bookshelf.

It's a funny thing: I never fancied myself a reader of the mystery genre but given a childhood love of the Famous Five and Nancy Drewe and now Sherlock - plus the fact I'm busting to see the television adaptation of the Phryne Fisher mysteries (of which I've only read one volume), I think it's fair to say I'm fairly planted among the blue-rinse set.

Hmmm, maybe "well-read" is too ambitious. I should just aim for "widely-read".

The Hound of the Baskervilles, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (reprinted 1968)
recent purchase, $1, Macs Markets
Life Before Man, by Margaret Atwood (reprinted 1983), recent purchase, $1, Macs Markets
The Commonsense Cookery Book (reprinted 1965), recent purchase, $1, Vinnies
Leather sandals, past purchase, $3, Vinnies

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4 comments

  1. Margaret Atwood is one of my faves too (from my Mum, I guess). Kellie xx

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  2. I love those book markets, definitely pegged it with the blue rinse set. I go to one regularly and they still havn't accepted me into the fold. Margaret Attwood, great read.

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  3. I pland to read hound soon. My 12 year old daughter is more widely read than I and she is just getting into Agatha Christie. Thanks to a cameo in Dr Who and nights being sat by gran who is a Miss Marble fan. Any other mystery genre ideas for a young but advanced reader? :)

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  4. Currently reading Sherlock Holmes on my commute to work!

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