I mentioned a little while ago how much I coveted the 100 Postcards from Puffin - I loved the 100 Postcards from Penguin, and have spent many happy hours flicking through the box and finding appropriate cards for every occasion. Because it was slightly before my current frugal phase, I did actually give in and pre-order them (it wasn't technically a book), and they arrived at the weekend.
Lovely! They're a bit different from the Penguin postcards, in that they are likely to trigger huge waves of nostalgia as you see books that you read with the exact same covers as the copies you had as a child, but also as you see books which you read with different covers. I remembered, looking through the boxes, how many of my very favourite books were Puffins and I pulled a few of them out here:
There were also plenty of books which I hadn't heard of, and I particularly liked these two, which sum up two of my interests:
It will be difficult to part with these, but I shall be using them for my correspondence over the next couple of months and have already given my first one (Watership Down) away.
Mavis Gallant’s “A Recollection” (1983)
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