I did go to the Times warehouse sale. After the Pay less sale last weekend RM20 for a brand new hardback seems extortionate. But I got several books which made me very happy indeed. Some were nicer copies of books I already have, some filled gaps. My best buys as follows:
I'd meant to buy Julian Barnes short story collection The Lemon Table when it first came out, but didn't for some reason, so am delighted to have found it in hardback for 20 bucks.
I got What Was She Thinking: Notes from a Scandal by Zoe Heller (The British edition of the book is simply Notes from a Scandal - much better title). This is the book that should have beaten Life of Pi to win the Booker. Chilling ... and one of the cleverest novels using an unreliable narrator ever written. I'd lent out my copy of this book and it never got back to me, so a pothole in the heart is refilled.
My itch to acquire some good Japanese literature was scratched with Tanizaki's Diary of a Mad Old Man (Swifty will be proud of me!) and the American lit itch was taken care of with E.L. Doctorow's Ragtime.
I found Handwriting, a collection of poems by Michael Ondaatje and into the basket it went.
There was much much more I could have given a home to, but I feel very blessed with this little haul.
How does the sale compare to previous Times sales? Perhaps better than the last one. But there isn't the party mood of the Pay Less sale. It was very hot and stuffy in that room. And the dust is pretty thick on some of the books, so if you do go, don't wear white (as silly me did). And it broke my heart to see how some books were just thrown on the tables - please treat them with respect lah! Books have feelings too.