“Thank you for your custom,” quoth the smiling Devonshire gent as he saw us out of his bookshop, our arms laden with treasures.
We’d never heard anyone use that phrase and we thought it was charming. He thought it was charming that we were charmed. He stood in the doorway and waved as we threaded the narrow alley with its Georgian rowhouses painted a rainbow of pastel shades.
“Come back again!” he called after us.
We had already visited his shop more than once. But, yes. We would definitely be back. Even if we were leaving England in four days’ time. Even if it were a matter of years…
I’d like to issue just as cheery a salute to all of you who were kind enough to peruse the shelves of the new Bookshop at Lanier’s Books this past week. Thank you for your interest and excitement, your feedback and your orders! (And a special ‘thank you’ to my international customers who have been so kind and so patient as we’ve threaded the mazes of overseas shipping!) I’ve had the joy of putting faces with names and connecting dots of kinship between these virtual shelves; I’ve seen the dream of an internet facade with friendship behind it become reality this week. And I am more excited than ever.
I just wanted to let you know that I have added some lovely new titles to the shelves. You’ll see a few Christmas books among the selections (take a look at the first edition of The Old Peabody Pew by Kate Douglas Wiggin!) , as well as some wonderful Elizabeth Goudge novels and compilations. And there are a couple of copies of Helene Hanff’s 84 Charing Cross Road, over which I am rather delighted, as it is a book especially dear to my heart (look for a review next week to find out why…).You can sort newly added titles by the ‘Date Added’ feature on the right-hand side of the screen.
Just one note of housekeeping: I like to cover my dust jackets with high-quality plastic sleeves to protect their integrity and to give them a nice, polished appearance. Unfortunately they don’t always photograph quite as well as I’d like, but unless otherwise stated, all dust jackets are brighter than they might appear in the pictures. (Any defects, such as chipping and tears, sun-fading and the like, have been noted in the descriptions.)
And, as always, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to drop me a line.