Robert McCrum on secondhand books:
Anyway, I’ll be heading off any moment to the Gloucester Road Bookshop to see what I can find. Part of the pleasure of the excursion is that you’ve no idea beforehand what will float into your net – but whatever you emerge with, it’s a safe bet that it will have cost less than a tenner (or even a fiver: like many good secondhand shops, Gloucester Road has a shelf of battered paperbacks for 50p each). Away with “Best Novels of 2009”, farewell to “the new faces of the new year”: I shall be enjoying “the best novels of the 19th century” and the new faces of Edwardian England. Seriously, how many authors today are writing better than Forster, Conrad, JM Barrie, Henry James, Ford Madox Ford or even PG Wodehouse at their best?