Monday, May 07, 2012

Clunes Booktown

On Saturday we went to the Clunes Booktown. Clunes is a small town midway between Castlemaine and Ballarat, and every year it has a special book festival. We heard about it from Suzannah, and it had plenty of the vintage novels about which she likes to blog. We had a great time in Clunes, although the shops and stalls were not particularly pram-friendly. Here is what we bought:
  • Constantine and the Conversion of Europe by A. H. M. Jones
  • Misreadings by Umberto Eco
  • Two first editions by G. K. Chesterton - Alarms and Discursions and Tremendous Trifles
  • The Travels of Marco Polo - we were both interested in this after reading William Dalrymple's In Xanadu, which chronicles a journey that retraces Marco Polo's steps.
  • A book of stories by O. Henry
  • Brown Sunshine of Sawdust Valley by Marguerite Henry - Kara collects Henry's horse stories
  • The first two books of the Barchester Chronicles by Anthony Trollope - The Warden and Barchester Towers
  • A book which Clifton Fadiman edited containing, quite simply, his favourite pieces of writing
  • The Women of Israel by Grace Aguilar - This book was published in 1889. John is writing a thesis on the women in the Book of Samuel, and while this book doesn't cover all of them, it does have the wise women of Tekoa and Abel.
  • God's Gold: A Quest for the Lost Temple Treasures of Jerusalem by Sean Kingsley
  • Letters to Children by C. S. Lewis
  • The Colveneres of the Old Netherlands by C. C. Culvenor
  • The Southern States of North America by Edward King. London: Blackie & Son, 1875. Cr. 4o, 806pp.
  • Abraham Lincoln by Ingri and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire - winner of the 1940 Caldecott Medal.

1 comment:

Christina A. said...

I was going to ask if I could borrow "Letters for Children" by C.S. Lewis after you read it, then remembered how impractical that would be... Sounds like you got some great books! :D