…You arrive home with a teddy bear and books, of course!
- I had the most wonderful time in London. We did a lot of the tourist-y stuff, but we also took our time just wandering around and looking at all the beautiful Christmas lights. Perhaps I’d find London a little too big and busy for everyday life, but I definitely love it as a visitor.
- I did not do that much literary stuff, as this was the first time Bas and I visited London together (and Bas’ first time there). I did visit a few bookshops on Charing Cross Road, any bookshops we came across while wandering, and of course Persephone Books, so I cannot complain
- I found The Diary of a Provincial Lady in a secondhand bookshop. I own the hardcover cloth bound VMC edition of the first book, but I couldn’t resist taking this edition that also has The Porvincial Lady Goes Further, The Provincial Lady in America, and The Provincial Lady in Wartime in it.
- The same goes for Thank Heaven Fasting. This book might be around everywhere in the UK in secondhand bookshops for all I know, but I had been looking for it for a while online. Unsurprising, I had no luck in Dutch bookshops, so I was very happy that I finally came across it at a very friendly price.
- As for the Persephones: I knew I had to get Consequences as it might just be my favourite Persephone. I also really wanted another Dorothy Whipple as I’ve enjoyed her fiction before (especially Greenbanks, which might be my next favourite). So I bought They Were Sisters, which I was told is pretty depressing, but so is Consequences so I figured I’d give it a try. The third book is The Home-maker by Dorothy Canfield Fisher, which I was advised to pick up after I asked for advice. It sounds really interesting.
- The most embarrassing moment might have been when Bas mentioned to the person I asked for advice in the Persphone shop that we had brought old clothes with us so as to have space for books on our return journey. I am pretty shy and embarrassed talking to someone from a publisher I like so much anyway, so I basically became a severely blushing and stumbling Iris.
- Now that I’m speaking of embarrassment, I might have also literally jumped for joy when I found out there is a Moomin shop in Covent Garden. We were standing next to the huge advent calendar when I saw it and went “Bas *jump* Bas! *jump*, they have a Moomin shop! A MOOMIN SHOP!” I browsed the shop two times over, but I couldn’t settle on anything that would fit and/or not break on our return journey, and so I only brought two buttons. Next time…
- Next time, I also hope to meet up with some bloggers. I am very sorry that I did not get to do so this time, but as this was the first proper vacation Bas and I had together since finishing our Bachelor, I felt I wouldn’t be justified in spending part of that time meeting with friends and leaving him alone. I am sure he would not have had a problem with it, it was just a matter of making the best of our limited time together and then settling on a next time for meetups.