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Started by HerrWalrus on Oct 12, 2017 5:58:09 PM
Diary of a Bookseller

I thought this entry may be of interest - in particular the comments btl

Snarlygog - 25 Oct 2017 15:14:25 (#40 of 99)

Three men on the Brummel is the only Cycling fiction that comes to mind.

Fatjack55 - 25 Oct 2017 15:30:42 (#41 of 99)

I search for climbing memoirs if I've got the opportunity. Picked up 2 firsts by Eric Shipman for £60 some years ago, Nanda Devi and Blank on the Map. Our clubhouse has a copy of Colin Kirkus' Let's Go Climbing, which we reckon would pay for a new roof if we could bear to sell it.

BuddhaPest - 25 Oct 2017 15:58:26 (#42 of 99)

Among non-fiction cycling books there is Bicycle Diaries by David Byrne. He is in the habit of taking a fold-up bicycle on tour with him, and cycling around the various cities of the world he visits, as a way of gettig more of a flavour of the places than a touring musician would normally get. Reportedly good - I enjoyed reading his How Music Works, although it was really more about how the music business works than how music works.

deadmanwalking23 - 25 Oct 2017 18:53:22 (#43 of 99)

I found that for free a while back but never read it and lent it to a mate (you know the rest)

LobsangRampa - 26 Oct 2017 09:52:01 (#44 of 99)

you know the rest

Hahaha. I'm such a hypocrite. One of the things that annoys me is that all my favourites are missing from my bookshelves. The dross remains. That's because I press the good books onto my friends. Who, of course, never return them.

Just as I never return theirs.

cozzer - 26 Oct 2017 10:22:44 (#45 of 99)

From which we can conclude that your friends only ever press dross on to you, right?

uranrising - 26 Oct 2017 14:14:34 (#46 of 99)

And that you don't but your faves more than once?

uranrising - 26 Oct 2017 19:36:10 (#47 of 99)

Should have read

And that you don't buy your faves more than once?

LobsangRampa - 27 Oct 2017 08:16:49 (#48 of 99)

I think the books I've read twice are in single figures. A thread?

From which we can conclude that your friends only ever press dross on to you, right?

I fear that is true. Most of my friends aren't terrific readers.

RosyLovelady - 27 Oct 2017 09:40:49 (#49 of 99)

I've read hundreds of books more than once. I thought most keen readers did.

FestinaLente - 27 Oct 2017 13:06:43 (#50 of 99)

Same here. One of the joys of my life is revisiting old friends.

LobsangRampa - 28 Oct 2017 09:26:04 (#51 of 99)

Rereading might be one of those indicators of a great psychological divide - like somewheres/anywheres or dogs/cats.

Tomnoddy - 28 Oct 2017 11:31:49 (#52 of 99)

You may have something there. My wife can't understand my rereading books. If I followed her book-collecting advice, I'd bin everything once I turn the last page.

Tomnoddy - 28 Oct 2017 11:32:29 (#53 of 99)

She does like reading, just - once is enough.

uranrising - 28 Oct 2017 13:23:44 (#54 of 99)

My impression is a lot of women are very plot-oriented. Once they know the end, there is no reason to re-read.

RosyLovelady - 29 Oct 2017 08:39:24 (#55 of 99)

I rarely remember the endings of books.

uranrising - 29 Oct 2017 12:54:07 (#56 of 99)

I was totally, completely and utterly wrong.

HerrWalrus - 29 Oct 2017 13:38:22 (#57 of 99)

In most bookshops it's true that the biggest buyers of fiction are female (but not exclusively so). Men tend to buy more non fiction, but there are exceptions. In our shop cookery books are around 50-50. Women are the biggest buyers of psychotherapy titles. History books tend to be more popular with male customers, and, not surprisingly, military history books are bought almost entirely by men.

thismorning - 04 Nov 2017 03:37:50 (#58 of 99)

Something about shelves of books and the mousey intelligent women in used book stores that turns me into Errol Flynn. But apparently said women to not share my fantasy. Ah, a copy of Kiss Me Deadly...hmm.

RosyLovelady - 04 Nov 2017 08:07:55 (#59 of 99)

It made a great film, did that.

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