Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist

Against The Grain

We went into Tonbridge this afternoon. Like most British towns that aren't Georgian spas Tonbridge has filled up with charity shops. At this point in the proceedings it's customary to say, "What a pity", but I like charity shops. Besides, I suspect the good old days of apple-cheeked greengrocers, jolly family butchers and ducking and dipping haberdashers never really existed. H.G. Wells (writing somewhere in the middle of the golden age of the British high street) is very good on small shop-keepers and what shits they mostly are.

One of the shops we went into was an Oxfam book shop.  I bought a collection of short stories by Walter de la Mare (a first edition- no less)  and a paperback edition of J,B. Priestley's Saturn Over The Water, which- if I remember rightly- is an occult thriller.

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