Category Archives: Forties

Nothing Is Perfect

Quentin had been working with me for two years and took to the business with amazing rapidity . I should have known that, because he and I have much in common. He did as little as he could get away … Continue reading

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All Good Fun

Second-hand booksellers poured into the shop to see who was this newcomer daring enough to take on a new business in the centre of one of the best-known university cities in the world. Nothing ventured, nothing gained has always been … Continue reading

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The Value Of Books

Once the shop was open we were very busy most of the time. What a joy! There is nothing more dispiriting for the owner of a shop to spend hours on end when no-one comes in. I did not want … Continue reading

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Getting Ready

Life throws up some extraordinary coincidences sometimes. Years after we opened the shop, my daughter married the son of the man who ran the shop before me. I then discovered that both shops that were empty had been branches of … Continue reading

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The Greatest Surprise Of My Life

Quentin and I spent a lot of time driving all over the place to get together as interesting a collection of books as we could find. We took them straight to two rented garages in Cambridge for the time being. … Continue reading

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Big Changes

I got to know many booksellers in a very short time. I liked all of them and they liked me. We were all outsiders and didn’t fit into groups. Every one was an individual and had his own ideas and … Continue reading

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Trying Times

What a time, the 1960’s! There were huge social changes. It made everything difficult for that most vulnerable period in life, the teen-age years. It is natural for healthy and strong-minded children to begin to challenge their parents way-of-life. Having … Continue reading

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