Typographical Errors (Badly Bought Books)

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Here’s an odd admission to make on a blog about books: I hate buying novels.

Although I’m no bibliophobe – I love books! – I have a fear of ‘what books may do,’ as Holbrook Jackson puts it. Not all books, mind, just new-release novels.

Let me explain.

Buying books is risky business. A new novel hardly ever lives up to the hype, which says more, methinks, about the way books are marketed than about the books themselves. And then what?

Reading a novel is no one-night stand. Unlike a mediocre movie, a bad book stays with you; it crouches on your shelf, glaring at you like the picture of Dorian Gray, with ‘eyes of a devil’, a reminder of your profligacy and poor judgement.

Here’s another admission: I hate selling my books, even the bad ones. My ‘typographical errors’, you see, must never be known.


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