09 January, 2021

Some Repeated Purchases and a Couple of Bookers

 


My trusted laptop took a victory lap and then declared eternal solace. A scramble to extract all the pictures ensued and, whilst protracted and painful, they were recovered via dos-prompt. Imagine the laptop as Uranus and the pictures as the descendants he hid, and we have a partial modern re-make of Hesiod's Theogony. 


Here we have five prize winners, all (purportedly) signed. The top row of three I already have in unsigned first editions, but who could resist getting duplicates of reasonably priced signed ones. The bottom two are Bookers, and Kiran Desai's "The Inheritance of Loss", published in 2006, also won the National Book Critics Circle Award, beating out, amongst others, Cormac McCarthy's "The Road" that won the Pulitzer. The copy here is the UK first printing by Hamish Hamilton, and the US first printing by Atlantic Monthly Press has a light dust jacket.


Hilary Mantel's "Bring Up the Bodies" took 2012's Booker, and was the second of her famed Thomas Cromwell trilogy that started from "Wolf Hall", also a Booker, and ended with "The Mirror and the Light".

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