I finally needed a new book to read at the weekend so went on the hunt to book shops. Jesus, books aren’t cheap here: $22 I paid for a bloody paperback book (about £12 in proper money), it’s not even a new release.
$22, that’s 4/5 pints/schooners. Bastards.
I found a couple of second hand book stores and even they aren’t cheap. Probably only $5 cheaper than brand new. Plus I don’t really like buying second hand stuff, you never know where it’s been.
Anyway, the reason for this post is that I was browsing the books and having read a couple of R J Ellory’s books in the past and enjoyed them, I decided to opt for another one of his. I picked up A Quiet Vendetta and had a quick flick through. To my surprise the inside page had been signed by the author. I checked all his other books on the shelf to see if any others had been signed (I wasn’t in any kind of rush) but they hadn’t. Hmmm, seemed a bit odd, but I bought it anyway and done what any other normal curious person would with the internet at this finger tips. I sent the author an email to find out if he’d signed it, or was it just some bookshop pleb signing books in their dinner hour.
A few hours later and I had a reply from him, confirming he had indeed signed books in Sydney a couple of months ago. I’ve never owned a book signed by the author before.
Along with eating a Cookie Choc-Chip ice cream (beating the previous days Rum and Raison flavour) whilst watching Dragon Boat Racing, this was the highlight of my Sunday.